FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (NNS) – The Navy announced in NAVADMIN 093/18, Cryptologic Technician (Networks) Sailors serving as Interactive On-Net Operators (ION) will be eligible for Special Duty Assignment Pay as of Apr. 13.
Navy IONs computer network exploitation operators develop, refine, and utilize world-class tactics, techniques, and procedures to conduct computer network operations in support of national and tactical security objectives.
In order for a Sailor to be eligible, he or she must be paygrade E-3 or higher, and approved in writing by his or her commanding officer as fully qualified and serving in a qualified special duty assignment. Qualified IONs who have the Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) 9308 will receive $150 per month and those with the NEC 9326, 9327 or 9328 will receive $300 per month.
Senior Chief Cryptologic Technician (Networks) Jeffery Schramm, assigned to the N1 department at U.S. Fleet Cyber Command / U.S. 10th Fleet (FCC/C10F), is the command’s ION program manager. He says FCC/C10F played an important role in securing this incentive for the workforce.
“This effort was championed by numerous offices and personnel,” said Schramm. “Fleet Cyber Command’s N1 department has been working for over two years with the staffs from the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Naval Information Forces, and Navy Personnel Command to incentivize and recognize the highly technical and demanding skill set this work role entails.”
Bridging the tactical-technical span, IONs use advanced software applications to change or collect information residing on or transiting computer networks. Most IONs are assigned to the Navy Cyber Mission Force teams.
“The Sailors who are serving in these critical roles have a unique skill set that they have worked hard to master,” said Command Master Chief Dee Allen, FCC/C10F’s command master chief. “Any warfighting capability is made more effective when it is delivered by skilled operators. IONs have the technical expertise that allow us to meet our operational objectives. The compensation they will receive is well deserved.”
Since its establishment, FCC/C10F has grown into an operational force composed of more than 16,000 Active and Reserve Sailors and civilians organized into 27 active commands, 40 Cyber Mission Force units, and 27 reserve commands around the globe. FCC serves as the Navy component command to U.S. Strategic Command and U.S. Cyber Command, and the Navy's Service Cryptologic Component commander under the National Security Agency/Central Security Service. C10F, the operational arm of FCC, executes its mission through a task force structure similar to other warfare commanders. In this role, C10F provides support of Navy and joint missions in cyber/networks, cryptologic/signals intelligence and space.
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