HONOLULU (NNS) – Capt. Madelene Means relieved Capt. Todd Gagnon as commanding officer of Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Hawaii during a change of command ceremony held at Nob Hill Community Center on Ford Island, June 22.
Vice Adm. Timothy “T.J.” White, commander of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet (FCC/C10F) served as presiding officer for the event and Cmdr. Zachary McKeehan, executive officer of NIOC Hawaii, officiated the ceremony.
Gagnon, who has been in command since June 2016, led over 2,000 Sailors and civilians as part of NIOC Hawaii, commander, Task Force (CTF) 1070 and the Cyber Operations Integrated Planning Element. He directed the execution of cyber operations, information operations, electronic warfare, and signals intelligence missions.
“I have been amazed by your accomplishments across this island and the Pacific. The truly sad part for me today is that no matter what happens in my career, I will never again have the privilege to work alongside such an amazing group of individuals,” said Gagnon.
Means, a designated Intelligence Officer, will bring with her a diverse array of military and academic experience to the helm of NIOC Hawaii and CTF 1070. She served most recently as assistant chief of staff for intelligence at commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan, a master’s degree in Global Leadership from the University of San Diego, and a master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the Air War College.
“The Task Force 1070 team of Sailors and civilians is a part of a strong war fighting legacy and once again we are making history.” said Means. “This is a special time to be in this theater, this job, and this legacy and mission,” she continued.
NIOC Hawaii, a subordinate command of FCC/C10F, provides qualified personnel to work the National Security Agency Hawaii national mission, delivers Information Warfare support to the fleet, and develops and trains all personnel to be the best Sailors in the Pacific Fleet.
Since its establishment, FCC/C10F has grown into an operational force composed of more than 15,000 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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