Mikel Ryan Receives Lussier Electromagnetic Spectrum Leadership Award
Published, February 3, 2010
Mikel R. Ryan, head of the Mid-Atlantic Area Frequency Management Office, Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, is the first winner of the John J. Lussier Electromagnetic Spectrum Leadership Award.
As the Vice Chair of the International Consortium for Telemetry Spectrum, Ryan was instrumental in the development and support of a complex initiative that resulted in the global reallocation of a frequency band to support harmonized flight test telemetering.
The reallocation provides an additional frequency band for critical aircraft testing and includes unmanned air vehicle (UAV) testing and monitoring. Ryan also spearheads the efforts of the Mid-Atlantic Area Frequency Management Office at Naval Air Station Patuxent River where his responsibilities include electromagnetic spectrum support for a plethora of aviation, ground and seaborne testing.
Ryan is recognized as one of the preeminent spokesmen for the Department of the Navy's frequency management community. Ryan's leadership, determination and skillful support of a global spectrum reallocation initiative will significantly benefit naval telemetry capabilities for decades to come, and is in keeping with John Lussier's leadership and strategic vision for the use of electromagnetic spectrum in the Department of the Navy.
The John J. Lussier Electromagnetic Spectrum Leadership Award is named for the former DON Principal Deputy Chief Information Officer who lost his courageous battle with cancer in June 2009. Lussier was an advocate for protecting the DON's equities in the electromagnetic spectrum and advanced the DON's strategic vision for spectrum. This award is presented to an individual who demonstrates superior achievement in Navy and Marine Corps electromagnetic spectrum management and use.