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CHIPS Articles: Awards Recognize Exceptional DON Efforts

Awards Recognize Exceptional DON Efforts
By Dr. Kelly E. Fletcher - October-December 2017
My first few months as Acting DON CIO have been busy, challenging, and rewarding. I am truly inspired by the excellent work occurring throughout the DON community, and I’d like to take this opportunity to highlight a few of the DON individuals and initiatives that are drawing accolades from DoD and the broader IT community.

First, however, please note that there is still time to submit nominations for the DON Information Management/Information Technology Excellence Awards. Nominations are due November 27; for more information, go to:

The Navy was recognized twice at the 2017 GCN dig IT awards ceremony. These awards celebrate discovery and innovation in government IT. The Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) Fleet and Family Readiness (N9) GovCloud project was selected as a finalist from nearly 200 nominees across all levels of government. CNIC N9 made the move to host all of their unclassified data in one place, including 107 websites and more than 90 mobile applications for personnel in the field. The Fleet and Family Readiness website, which now boasts 2.5 million monthly page views, has become a vital resource for Navy Service members.

Also, Christopher Crogan, Cyber Systems Engineer at Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Newport, was selected as one of 21 individuals winning a Rising Star Award. Crogan has contributed to efforts to secure Navy systems, including the Undersea Warfare Combat Systems Department’s training programs; led efforts to implement an encryption plan for unmanned aircraft systems; and assisted in a larger effort to assess the risk management framework of the Strategic Systems Program’s Information Systems Security Manager.

In addition, the 2017 DoD CIO Awards were recently announced and include several DON winners in both the individual and team categories:

In the individual category:

  • Cmdr. David Perry, Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Command, was selected for his leadership role in significantly improving the interoperability between NSW units, fleet communications assets, and deployed warfighters involved in contingency operations.
  • Information Systems Technician First Class Joseph Winchell, Development Operations Lead, 90 Cyber Protection Team (CPT), Cyber Defense Activity SIXTY FOUR, was selected for his efforts to successfully pave the way for all service CPTs to conduct defensive cyberspace operations in real-time pursuit of adversarial threat.

In the team category:

  • The My Navy Portal (MNP) team successfully implemented the DoD’s first Level 4 data enterprise architecture to be hosted by a commercial cloud provider. Among other benefits, the secure portal consolidates Navy IT infrastructure, improves application integration and cyber security, and has a projected future savings of up to $350 million across the FYDP (Future Years Defense Program).
  • The Military Sealift Command’s (MSC) Knowledge Management (KM) Team was selected for changing the way the MSC and other DON commands operate in the digital workplace. Their efforts were critical to the successful fielding of the Navy’s only authorized INTRANET environment, the iNAVY portal.
  • The remarkable efforts summarized here truly represent the innovation, determination, and commitment of the DON team to meet and overcome the myriad challenges we face. Congratulations, and my sincerest appreciation, to all!

    Dr. Kelly E. Fletcher
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