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CHIPS Articles: Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Pacific Holds Change of Command

Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Pacific Holds Change of Command
By Lt. j.g. Zenas Yun - July 11, 2018
Capt. Bryan E. Braswell relieved Capt. Herman L. Archibald, as commander, Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station, Pacific (NCTAMS PAC), during a change of command ceremony held June 21 on the Hale Anue Neu field at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam Wahiawa Annex.

Braswell, who most recently served as the Cyber National Mission Force Director of Operations, takes the reins of NCTAMS PAC from Archibald, who will prepare for retirement from active duty service.

Vice Adm. Timothy “T.J.” White, commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/ U.S. 10th Fleet (FCC/10F) was the guest speaker and presiding officer of the ceremony. He presented Archibald with the Legion of Merit, gold star in lieu of second award, and commended his exceptional work and leadership while in command.

During his remarks, Archibald lauded the exceptional work of the men and women of Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station.

“NCTAMS PAC family, it has been my great honor and privilege to serve as your commanding officer. On a daily basis, I have witnessed the amazing job our outstanding military, civilian, and contractual team has done in providing the absolute best Information Warfare capabilities to the fleet,” said Archibald.

“You have provided first-rate customer service, proactive leadership, professionalism and an infectious can-do attitude, which have ensured mission success, command success and personal success; as evident in your winning of the Defense Information Systems Network Facility of the Year for four consecutive years; the 2017 TYCOM Maintenance Award; the 2017 and 2018 Retention Excellence Award; and successfully passing the command cybersecurity readiness inspection and command readiness inspection. No commanding officer has ever been more proud of their team than I am of you.”

Upon his retirement, Archibald will have served 37 years in the U.S. Navy. He enlisted in the Navy in 1981 and was commissioned via the Limited Duty Officer Program in 1992. He is an Information Warfare and Surface Warfare qualified officer with sea duty experience on board aircraft carriers, amphibious ships and cruisers. Operationally, he has deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm and various missions in the Western Pacific and Arabian Gulf.

“Today is both a joyful and a sad occasion for me. It’s joyful because I know without a doubt, I have

given my very best to our outstanding team and we as a team achieved unparalleled success. Yet, I am saddened because this dance with destiny we are sharing is about to end and it has been much too short. I have had the time of my life as your commanding officer. Everyday has been a new challenge; a new opportunity to serve; a new day for excellence,” he said.

A career Cryptologic Warfare officer, Braswell comes to NCTAMS PAC from the Cyber National Mission Force. He previously served as the Carrier Strike Group 10 Information Warfare Commander where he directed all communications, intelligence, cryptologic, electronic warfare, cyberspace, meteorological and oceanographic operations for the USS Eisenhower (CVN 69) Carrier Strike Group.

“One of President Eisenhower’s most famous quotes, and one of my favorites, is ‘History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.’ We, the NCTAMS PAC team, are not weak and we will not be timid,” said Braswell. “Capt. Archibald, we are not weak because of you. I take command with a full understanding of the standard you have set but I relish the opportunity to build on what you have done here in the last two years — to make the best even better. I thank you for all that you have done for this command and for these Sailors, and I thank you for all the sacrifices you and Mary have made, and your untiring dedication across 37 years of service. Thank you, Capt. Archibald.”

Braswell’s message for his new crew was one focused on the big picture and how their command fits in to the Navy’s mission in the Pacific.

“We are in the business of high-end warfare. We, together, will continue to evolve into unequaled practitioners of Information Warfare and electromagnetic maneuver warfare supporting Navy and Joint force commanders across the great expanse of this Pacific Theater. If we get Information Warfare right anywhere, it must be here,” said Braswell.

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