FY08 COPERNICUS AWARDS

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NAVADMIN 269/08
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SUBJ/FY08 COPERNICUS AWARDS//


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RMKS/1. THE COPERNICUS AWARDS WERE ESTABLISHED TO RECOGNIZE INDIVIDUAL 
CONTRIBUTIONS TO NAVAL WARFARE IN COMMAND, CONTROL, COMMUNICATIONS, 
COMPUTERS AND INTELLIGENCE (C4I), INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND INFORMATION 
WARFARE. THE AWARDS ARE SPONSORED BY THE ARMED FORCES COMMUNICATIONS 
AND ELECTRONICS ASSOCIATION (AFCEA) AND THE U.S. NAVAL INSTITUTE (USNI).
2. AWARD CRITERIA AND ELIGIBILITY.  DURING FISCAL YEAR 2008, NOMINEES 
MUST HAVE MADE A SPECIFIC, DEMONSTRABLE CONTRIBUTION TO THE ADVANCEMENT 
OF C4I, INFORMATION SYSTEMS, OR INFORMATION WARFARE.  CONTRIBUTIONS 
NEED NOT BE TECHNICAL IN NATURE, BUT MAY ARISE FROM DOCTRINAL, 
FINANCIAL, ORGANIZATIONAL, OR OTHER DIMENSIONS OF INFORMATION SYSTEMS. 
THE CONTRIBUTION SHOULD DEMONSTRATE EXCEPTIONAL INITIATIVE, LEADERSHIP 
AND INSIGHT WITHIN THE NOMINEE'S AREA OF EXPERTISE. ALL NAVY, MARINE 
CORPS, COAST GUARD, AND CIVIL SERVICE PERSONNEL ARE ELIGIBLE FOR 
NOMINATION. UP TO 30 AWARDEES WILL BE SELECTED. EACH NOMINATING COMMAND 
IS LIMITED TO TWO NOMINEES. NO CONTRACTOR OR TEAM (MORE THAN ONE PERSON) 
NOMINATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
3. NOMINATIONS AND PRESENTATION. THE AWARDEES WILL BE SELECTED THROUGH 
NOMINATIONS FROM NAVY, MARINE CORPS AND COAST GUARD (INCLUDING
JOINT/NATO) COMMANDS, AFLOAT AND ASHORE.  NOMINATIONS MUST BE ON 
LETTERHEAD WHEN SUBMITTED BY MAIL, SCAN/EMAIL, OR FAX.
WHEN SUBMITTED BY MESSAGE, NOMINATIONS MUST CONTAIN THE CAVEAT 
COMMANDING OFFICER SENDS'. NOMINATIONS FOR COMMANDING OFFICERS OR 
OFFICERS IN CHARGE MUST BE SIGNED BY THEIR IMMEDIATE SUPERIOR IN 
COMMAND (ISIC). FLAG ENDORSEMENTS AND LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION ARE 
NEITHER REQUIRED NOR DESIRED. THE NOMINATION TEMPLATE AND ADDITIONAL 
NOMINATION PACKAGE INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND AT HTTP:SLASH SLASH 
WWW.AFCEA.ORG/AWARDS/COPERNICUSNOMINATIONS08.ASP.  NOMINATIONS ARE DUE 
TO THE POC NLT 01 DECEMBER 2008. AFTER THE SELECTION BOARD ADJOURNS 
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR INDIVIDUAL AWARD SELECTEES WILL BE MADE TO 
AFCEA/USNI. AFCEA/USNI WILL MAKE FINAL SELECTIONS AND OPNAV WILL 
ANNOUNCE THE AWARDEES VIA NAVADMIN. THE ANNUAL COPERNICUS AWARDS 
BANQUET HELD AT THE AFCEA WEST CONFERENCE IN SAN DIEGO, CA WILL BE 
ANNOUNCED SEPCOR.
4. RELEASED BY VADM HARRY B. HARRIS, JR., USN, DCNO N6.// 
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