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CHIPS Articles: Center for Information Warfare Training Announces Civilians of the Quarter

Center for Information Warfare Training Announces Civilians of the Quarter
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Taylor L. Jackson, Center for Information Warfare Training Public Affairs - August 9, 2016
PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- Center for Information Warfare Training (CIWT) recently announced its 2016 second quarter Civilians of the Quarter (CoQ).

CIWT selected Frank Palmer, assigned to CIWT's Chief Information Office Directorate, as Senior-Grade CoQ; and Donald Watts, a test specialist for the Navy Foreign Language Testing Program assigned to Center for Language, Regional Expertise and Culture (CLREC), as its Mid-Grade CoQ.

During the second quarter, Palmer served as cyberspace information technology and cyber security workforce program manager and command message administrator. He provided training and assistance to subordinate command message administrators on specific message traffic configuration details for the latest encryption of "For Official Use Only" messages, ensuring no loss of message traffic. Palmer also collaborated with Naval Education Training Command (NETC) and Naval Information Forces subordinate commands in preparation for changes to the Cyberspace Information Technology and Cybersecurity Workforce Management and Qualification Manual.

"Mr. Palmer continually provides assistance to the CIWT command staff and advises them on troubleshooting procedures for resolving issues," said Robert West, Information Systems Security manager for CIWT. "He goes the extra step in providing personnel with application training across the CIWT enterprise."

Palmer said it was an honor to be recognized by his peers for the hard work he accomplished and wished to congratulate all the other nominees.

Watts devoted numerous hours validating and developing CLREC foreign language testing data to support critical and time-sensitive NETC Navy College Office closure briefings and meetings. He built a matrix, flowcharts and spreadsheets which detailed past requirements and profiled three potential future courses of action, completing tasks normally assigned to senior personnel in order to ensure mission success.

Christopher Wise, director for CLREC, said he can always rely on Watts to provide excellent customer service, and his conscientious and timely work in validating language test scores ensures Sailors' foreign language proficiency is accurately captured.

"I support my command and division to the best of my ability and impart my knowledge and expertise, as embedded in me as a retired Navy chief," said Watts. "Being recognized as the CIWT Civilian of the Quarter shows recognition [has] not gone unnoticed by your superiors."

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