​FISCAL YEAR 2017 COPERNICUS AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCEMENT

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RMKS/1.  The Chief of Naval Operations is pleased to congratulate the fiscal 
year 2017 (FY 17) Copernicus Award winners.  The Copernicus Award recognizes 
individual contributions to Naval Warfare in the disciplines of Command, 
Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence (C4I), Information 
Systems or Information Warfare (IW).  The Armed Forces Communications and 
Electronics Association (AFCEA) and the U.S. Naval Institute (USNI) have 
selected the
following Copernicus Award winners for FY 17:
   a.  LT Daniel M. Ballance, USN
   Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command
   b.  LCDR Timothy W. Bierbach, USN
   Patrol Squadron FOUR FIVE
   c.  LT Andrew A. Blanco, USN
   Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center
   d.  LT Richard G. Dobias, USN
   Navy Information Operations Command San Diego
   e.  Mr. Stuart L. Farlin
   Naval Information Forces
   f.  Mr. John C. Fincannon
   Marine Corps Cyberspace Operations Group
   g.  LCDR Jacob P. Galbreath, USN
   Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station, San Diego
   h.  Mr. Travis D. Gibson
   U.S. Coast Guard Command, Control, and Communications Engineering
   Center
   I.  ITC Shaun J. Hoban, USN
   USS MOUNT WHITNEY (LCC 20)
   j.  LT Timothy G. Laufer, USN
   U.S. Naval Forces Korea
   k.  Maj Stephanie A. Mafrici, USMC
   Marine Wing Communications Squadron 18
   l.  ENS Craig L. McKnight, USN
   USS FARRAGUT (DDG 99)
   m.  LT Tyson B. Meadors, USN
   National Security Council
   n.  GySgt Robert M. Moore, USMC
   Communication Training Battalion, Marine Corps Communication
   -Electronic School
   o.  CTT1 Michael R. Scarborough, USN
   USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76)
   p.  CWO2 Stephen J. Schmid, USCG
   U.S. Coast Guard Aviation Logistics Center
   q.  CTNC Mitchell A. Sheppard, USN
   Navy Information Operations Command Hawaii
   r.  LT Gabriella M. Smyth, USCG
   U.S. Coast Guard Cyber Command
   s.  CTR1 Eugene A. Stewart, USN
   Special Reconnaissance Team ONE
   t.  LCDR Christopher A. Weis, USN
   U.S. Fleet Cyber Command
   u.  CTTC Peter J. Zemore, USN
   USS SAMPSON (DDG 102)

2.  All Copernicus Award winners will receive an invitation from AFCEA and 
USNI inviting them, their spouse/guest, and their Commanding Officer to 
attend an awards reception and presentation ceremony held 6 February 2018 at 
the AFCEA/USNI WEST 2018 conference in San Diego, CA at the San Diego 
Convention Center.  If awardees are unable to attend WEST 2018, the awards 
will be presented 15-17 May 2018 at the AFCEA Defensive Cyber Operations 
Symposium in Baltimore, MD at the Baltimore Convention Center.

3.  Released by VADM Jan E. Tighe, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for 
Information Warfare, OPNAV N2N6.//

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