SUBJ/2022 ON-THE-ROOF GANG (OTRG) ANNUAL AWARD ANNOUNCEMENT (CORRECTED COPY)//
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1. Between the years 1921 and 1927, U.S. Navy and Marine Corps personnel taught themselves to break the Imperial Japanese code and passed these skills informally to many of their contemporaries. The value of the information extracted was recognized under the auspices of OP20G, the former Office of the Director of Naval Communications. Formal training was subsequently developed and implemented in 1928 and took place, until 1941, in a specially constructed blockhouse on the roof of the old main Navy building in Washington, D.C. – hence the name “On-the-Roof” Gang (OTRG). Since 1983, the OTRG award has recognized cryptologists who exemplify leadership, initiative, resourcefulness, and dedication, and personify the highest traditions established for cryptologic excellence.
2. Commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and U.S TENTH Fleet is pleased to select the following 2021 OTRG award winners.
a. The U.S. Navy OTRG winner is CTRCM Matthew S. Stone of the Naval Special Warfare Development Group. According to the nomination, Master Chief Stone has been at the forefront of cryptologic innovation, integrating and synchronizing Signals Intelligence, Electronic Warfare, and Cyberspace capabilities in support of time sensitive, no-fail operational requirements. He has consistently sought out opportunities to lead cryptologic teams taking on the nation’s most complex operational and intelligence challenges – testing, validating, and operationally employing novel cryptologic systems and developing unique tactics techniques and procedures. Furthermore, he led the first successful Joint Task Force maritime enabled cyberspace operation, conducted across two geographic combatant commands that created new cryptologic access vectors for fleet commanders.
b. The U.S. Marine Corps OTRG winner is MGySgt Darry A. Cross of Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps. According to the nomination, Master Gunnery Sergeant Johns’ contributions have had an enduring and extremely positive impact on the Marine Corps’ capability to conduct Signals Intelligence (SIGINT), ground Electronic Warfare (EW), and offensive cyber operations. From multiple tours with the Marine Corps Radio Battalions to strategic level postings with the National Security Agency, he has impact on the cryptologic community has been unrivaled, and his career has touched every aspect of the SIGINT enterprise. Building on his 20 years of experience where he established himself as a true subject matter expert, he continues to forge the future while managing the structure, manpower, and training for over 2,700 Marines in the 2600 Military Occupation Specialties.
3. The competition was particularly keen for this year’s nominees and congratulations also go to the following nominees: CTICM Yves Michaud, Cryptologic Warfare Activity SIXTY FIVE CTRCS Justin R. Anger, U.S. SEVENTH Fleet Staff CTTCS Logan B. Brock, Navy Information Operations Command (NAVIOCOM) Colorado CTICS Sang T. Phan, NAVIOCOM Pensacola CTRC Raymond B. Alford, NAVIOCOM Yokosuka SSgt Devon B. Nieve, Company H, Marine Cryptologic Support Battalion CTT1 Robert A. Kutz, USS PORTER (DDG 78) These outstanding information warriors and cryptologists exemplify leadership, initiative, resourcefulness, and dedication, and personify the highest traditions established for cryptologic excellence by the original OTRG.
4. As part of their selection, Master Chief Stone and Master Gunnery Sergeant Cross will also be recognized by the U.S. Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association for their distinct accomplishments in the very near future.
5. Congratulations and well done! VADM R. A. Myers, USN, Commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and U.S. TENTH Fleet.//
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