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NAVIFOR Holds Leadership Summit
By George D. Bieber, NAVIFOR Public Affairs - November 22, 2017
SUFFOLK, Va. — More than 200 Information Warfare Senior Leaders, Commanding Officers (COs), Command Master Chiefs (CMCs), and Senior Civilians gathered from 74 globally distributed commands to attend the Naval Information Forces (NAVIFOR) Commander’s Summit held on November 7-9.

The goal of the summit was to bring together commands administratively aligned under NAVIFOR to discuss operational challenges, warfighting readiness, and leadership in Information Warfare.

“The summit gave IW leadership an opportunity to assess our operational readiness,” said Vice Adm. Matthew J. Kohler, NAVIFOR’s commander. “It was a chance to gather face-to-face and discuss mission trends, what we need to focus on, and ensure we are best preparing our leaders to meet future challenges.”

Adm. Phil Davidson, Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, kicked off the event addressing the group on the first day discussing the results of the Navy’s Comprehensive Review.

The three-day summit included time for open mic discussions to exchange ideas and provide feedback on ways to improve readiness across the Navy’s Information Warfare domain.

NAVIFOR’s mission is to provide naval and joint operational commanders with combat-ready Information Warfare forces to execute missions in support of U.S. interests worldwide.

(Left to right) Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command Adm. Phil Davidson, Commander, Naval Information Forces (NAVIFOR) Vice Adm. Matthew Kohler and Commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet Vice Adm. Michael Gilday exchange ideas and ways to improve readiness across the Navy’s Information Warfare domain during a three-day summit at NAVIFOR annual Commander’s Summit. More than 200 Information Warfare Corps Senior leaders, Commanding Officers, Executive Officers and Command Master Chiefs gathered here this week to attend the summit. (U. S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Rafael Martie/Released)
(Left to right) Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command Adm. Phil Davidson, Commander, Naval Information Forces (NAVIFOR) Vice Adm. Matthew Kohler and Commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet Vice Adm. Michael Gilday exchange ideas and ways to improve readiness across the Navy’s Information Warfare domain during a three-day summit at NAVIFOR annual Commander’s Summit. More than 200 Information Warfare Corps Senior leaders, Commanding Officers, Executive Officers and Command Master Chiefs gathered here this week to attend the summit. (U. S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Rafael Martie/Released)

Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command Adm. Phil Davidson discusses the results of the Navy’s Comprehensive Review during a three-day summit at NAVIFOR annual Commander’s Summit. More than 200 Information Warfare Corps Senior leaders, Commanding Officers, Executive Officers and Command Master Chiefs gathered here this week to attend the summit. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Rafael Martie/Released)
Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command Adm. Phil Davidson discusses the results of the Navy’s Comprehensive Review during a three-day summit at NAVIFOR annual Commander’s Summit. More than 200 Information Warfare Corps Senior leaders, Commanding Officers, Executive Officers and Command Master Chiefs gathered here this week to attend the summit. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Rafael Martie/Released)

Commander, Naval Information Forces (NAVIFOR) Vice Adm. Matthew Kohler, provides closing remarks to the Navy’s Information Warfare domain three-day summit at NAVIFOR annual Commander’s Summit during his closing remarks. More than 200 Information Warfare Corps Senior leaders, Commanding Officers, Executive Officers and Command Master Chiefs gathered here this week to attend the conference. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Rafael Martie/Released)
Commander, Naval Information Forces (NAVIFOR) Vice Adm. Matthew Kohler, provides closing remarks to the Navy’s Information Warfare domain three-day summit at NAVIFOR annual Commander’s Summit during his closing remarks. More than 200 Information Warfare Corps Senior leaders, Commanding Officers, Executive Officers and Command Master Chiefs gathered here this week to attend the conference. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Rafael Martie/Released)

(Left to right) Naval Information Forces (NAVIFOR) Force Master Chief David Carter, Office of Naval Intelligence Command Master Chief Michael Webb, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Professional Development Center Command Master Chief Keith Chevalier and Naval Information Force Reserve Command Master Chief Mark Kochanowicz discuss ideas and ways to improve readiness across the Navy’s Information Warfare domain during a three-day summit at NAVIFOR annual Commander’s Summit. More than 200 Information Warfare Corps Senior leaders, Commanding Officers, Executive Officers and Command Master Chiefs gathered here this week to attend the conference. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Rafael Martie/Released)
(Left to right) Naval Information Forces (NAVIFOR) Force Master Chief David Carter, Office of Naval Intelligence Command Master Chief Michael Webb, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Professional Development Center Command Master Chief Keith Chevalier and Naval Information Force Reserve Command Master Chief Mark Kochanowicz discuss ideas and ways to improve readiness across the Navy’s Information Warfare domain during a three-day summit at NAVIFOR annual Commander’s Summit. More than 200 Information Warfare Corps Senior leaders, Commanding Officers, Executive Officers and Command Master Chiefs gathered here this week to attend the conference. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Rafael Martie/Released)
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