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CHIPS Articles: Fleet Cyber Command/10th Fleet Announces 2018 Civilians of the Year

Fleet Cyber Command/10th Fleet Announces 2018 Civilians of the Year
By Petty Officer 2nd Class William Sykes, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. TENTH Fleet - March 22, 2019
FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (NNS) – U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet (FCC/C10F) announced the 2018 Civilians of the Year (COY) for FCC March 8.

Capt. Michael Vernazza, FCC/C10F Chief of Staff, announced Deb Lankhorst as the 2018 Senior COY, and Harry Torres as the 2018 Junior COY.

Lankhorst, a native of Valdese, North Carolina, and a retired U.S. Navy Cryptologic Warfare Officer, leads a team of personnel who accomplish manpower/manning functions for the command.

“I was completely surprised and honored,” said Lankhorst. “There are a lot of great people working hard every day in this command, so it truly is an honor to be selected.”

Lankhorst coordinated with multiple entities across the entire Department of Defense in order to ensure urgent and critical FCC/C10F manpower requirements were filled in a timely manner. Additionally, she worked tirelessly to ensure the future manpower needs will be addressed to maintain C10F readiness.

“I believe it was a team effort,” said Lankhorst. “No one person can achieve anything in a vacuum.”

Torres, a native of Panama City, Florida, and a retired U.S. Navy Cryptologic Technician Senior Chief, is the Traditional Security subject matter expert for FCC/C10F.

He was recognized as Junior COY for multiples accomplishments and his performance while assigned to the Office of Compliance and Assessments (OCA).

Torres conducted cybersecurity inspections across numerous commands and conducted training for more than 100 Information System Security Managers (ISSM) and Naval Information Forces personnel. His also improved synchronizing inspection processes and developed a precise list for Security Technical Implementation Guides, improving the accreditation process.

“I believe that going the extra mile to train Navy ISSM's and Command Security Personnel, providing the best products when asked to complete special projects, and assisting others in training helped in my selection,” said Torres.

“This was not an easy selection,” said Vernazza. “We have tremendous talent and a host of professionals in our organization worthy of this recognition.”

Vernazza also recognized Michael Bartgis, Eugene Earhart, David Mosella, and Devita Ross for having been nominated for Civilian of the Year.

FCC is responsible for Navy information network operations, offensive and defensive cyberspace operations, space operations and signals intelligence. C10F is the operational arm of Fleet Cyber Command and 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.

For more news and information from Commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command / U.S. 10th Fleet, visit www.public.navy.mil/fcc-c10f/, www.dvidshub.net/unit/USFCC, or follow us on Twitter @USFLEETCYBERCOM.

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