FORT GORDON, Ga. (NNS) – In a recent announcement, the Navy named Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) First Class Jamie Biro, assigned to Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Georgia, as the Language Professional of the Year (LPOY) for 2017.
This annual award recognizes a linguist’s achievements and contributions to the Navy’s global mission through professional expertise, linguistic ability, and leadership.
In order to be considered for the award, Biro first had to be recognized as LPOY at the command and fleet level. She is now in competition for the LPOY award for the entire Department of Defense which will be announced during a DoD language conference in Monterey, California in August.
Biro is quick to attribute the opportunities she has had in the Navy to the people who have helped her along the way.
“I feel bad being the sole person for the award, because I can tell you about 10 chiefs who got me here, also,” she said. “For me to be at the Navy ‘winner’ level, it’s 12 years of a lot of people helping out.”
As a leader contributing to the Navy’s linguistic missions, Biro designed and implemented a training program in her department that reduced its number of below-standards linguists by more than 75 percent.
Biro was able to improve the mission effectiveness of her department by coordinating the work schedules of highly proficient linguists with those who were struggling, assigning tutors, honing in on study styles and needs, and ensuring that training was taking place as required, as well as ensure that struggling linguists would be able to requalify and maintain their eligibility to stay in their rate.
Biro’s achievements as a linguist stem from the diverse experiences and training she has had during her 12 years in the Navy. She first trained as a Chinese linguist at the Defense Language Institute, but after her first tour in Hawaii she was force converted to Persian-Farsi. Since then, she has also learned Persian-Dari and Pashto, and she continues to utilize all her languages professionally.
Biro’s goals for the future are all Navy. She intends to apply for Officer Candidate School as an intelligence officer, but is also excited about the possibility of staying enlisted and continuing to work her way toward Master Chief.
“God willing, I’ll make chief this year,” she said, adding “I’m going to 40 years if they’ll let me.”
NIOC Georgia is a subordinate command of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet (FCC/C10F) and conducts signals intelligence, cyber and information operations for Fleet, Joint and National commanders to enhance the war fighting effectiveness of our Navy and the Nation.
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 26 active commands, 40 Cyber Mission Force units, and 26 reserve commands around the globe. 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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