Copernicus Award Presentation
At AFCEA 2014 Cyber Symposium
AFCEA and the U.S. Naval Insti- tute made two presentations in 2014 for the Copernicus Award, honoring awardees at the annual
West Conference, San Diego, in Feb-
ruary, and in June at the AFCEA 2014
Cyber Symposium, Baltimore.
The awardees are selected each year
by judges who review applications from
the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast
Guard, including active-duty and civilian personnel. Nominees must have
made a specific, demonstrable contribution to the advancement of command, control, communications and
computers(C4I); information systems
or information warfare. Contributions
can be technical in nature, but also
may originate from doctrinal, financial,
organizational or other dimensions of
information systems. The contribution
should involve exceptional initiative,
leadership and insight within the nominee’s area of expertise. All Navy, Marine
Corps, Coast Guard and civil service
personnel in the sea services are eligible
The Copernicus Award was established in 1997 as a result of a discussion among Lt. Gen. C. Norman Wood,
USAF (Ret.), then president and CEO
of AFCEA International; Capt. James
A. Barber, USN (Ret.), then publisher
and CEO of the U.S. Naval Institute;
and the late Vice Adm. Art Cebrowski,
USN, who was the Navy N- 6 at that
time. The name for the award came
from the Copernicus Architecture used
as the blueprint for the future C4I structure of the Navy. Recipients are selected
based on their sustained superior performance in a C4I/information technol-ogy-related job.
While the award was established in
1997, its history with AFCEA goes back
much further. The Copernicus Architecture—a reference to shifting the
center of the universe—was drafted in
December 1990, under the direction of
Vice Adm. Jerry O. Tuttle, USN. It was
explained in the August 1991 issue of
SIGNAL magazine and in the AFCEA
International Press book Naval Command and Control, Policy, Programs,
People and Issues (December 1991).
This revolution in post-Cold War Navy
C3 thinking, but without the name
Copernicus, first appeared in August
1988 in SIGNAL, in “Strategic C3 Systems for the 21st Century,” by Adm.
Tuttle. A review of that architecture
contains issues that resonate and are
AFCEA International and the U.S.
Naval Institute are honored to recognize
deserving individuals who continue to
demonstrate, by their superlative performance of duty in the area of C4
I/information technology operations, that the
Copernicus Award remains as relevant
today as it did at its inception in 1997.
Additional information and the
nomination process on the Copernicus
Award can be found at http://www.afcea.
Accepting the Copernicus Award are (front row, l-r) Lt. Cmdr. Yolanda M. Tripp, USN, Naval
Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Atlantic; Lt. Tracy L. Culbert, USN, U.S.
Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station, Sicily; Susan E. Whitley, Naval Air Systems
Command; Ensign Kiley D. Provenzano, USN, USS Gettysburg (CG-64); James A. Mayers,
Marine Air-Ground Task Force Command, Control and Communications, Marine Corps Systems
Command; IT2 Jonathan D. Martinez, USN, Coastal Riverine Squadron Four; (back row, l-r)
Dale C. Linne von Berg, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory; Stephen Hoshowsky, Acquisition
Directorate Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Information, Surveillance
and Reconnaissance Project Office; Lt. Cmdr. Paul F. Farrell, USN, Commander Carrier Strike
Group 10; Lt. Cmdr. Robert S. Bair, USN, Joint Interagency Task Force South; and ISC Lavelle Lee
Council, USN, Afloat Training Group, Mayport.
Copernicus Award winners not pictured are CTR1 Steven M. Baglio, USN, Naval Special Warfare
Support Activity; Brian H. Gaines, Submarine Force Atlantic; CTR2 Jon T. Harperslaboszewicz,
USN, Navy Information Operations Command; CTTC (SW) Igor Lobanov, USN, Afloat Training
Group; Capt. Jeffrey M. Rohman, USMC, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, I Marine Expeditionary
Force; Maj. Jason R. Shockey, USMC, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine
Expeditionary Force; Lt. Charles E. Steele II, USN, Patrol Squadron Five; Vice Adm. Jerry O. Tuttle,
USN (Ret.); and Lt. Cmdr. Justin A. Ward, USN, Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 117.