FISCAL YEAR 2016 COPERNICUS AWARD

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ROUTINE

R 261636Z AUG 16

FM CNO WASHINGTON DC

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CMC CMC WASHINGTON DC
COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC

INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC

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MSGID/NAVADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N2N6/SEP//

SUBJ/FISCAL YEAR 2016 COPERNICUS AWARD// 

POC/KISTNER/CIV/AFCEA EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION/-/TEL:  (703) 631-6147
/EMAIL:  CKISTNER(AT)AFCEA.ORG//



RMKS/1.  The Copernicus Award was established to recognize individual 
contributions to naval warfare in Command, Control, Communications, 
Computers, and Intelligence (C4I), Information Systems, Cyber Operations, and 
Information Warfare.  The award is sponsored by the Armed Forces 
Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) and the United States 
Naval Institute (USNI).

2.  Award criteria and eligibility.  Fiscal year 2016 nominees must have made 
a specific, demonstrable contribution to the advancement of C4I, Information 
Systems, Cyber Operations, or Information Warfare.  Contributions can be 
technical in nature, but may also originate from doctrinal, financial, 
organizational, or other dimensions of information systems.  The contribution 
should involve exceptional initiative, leadership, and insight within the 
nominees 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.  Nominations 
must be unclassified.

3.  Nominations and presentation.  The awardees will be selected through 
nominations from Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard (including Joint/North 
Atlantic Treaty Organization) commands, afloat and ashore.  Nominations must 
not contain any personal identifiable information, be on letterhead and 
submitted by email in PDF format.  Nominations for Commanding Officers or 
Officers in Charge must be signed by their immediate superior in command.  
Flag endorsements and letters of recommendation are neither required nor 
desired.  The nomination template and additional nomination package 
information, as well as the most up-to-date point of contact information can 
be found at https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC
-299646, while award information can be found at http://www.afcea.org 
/site/?q=awards/copernicus.  Nominations need to be submitted no later than 3 
November 2016 to edfoundation(at)afcea.org.  Late nominations will not be 
considered.

4.  AFCEA and USNI will make final selections and Deputy Chief of Naval 
Operations for Information Warfare will announce the awardees via NAVADMIN.  
The annual Copernicus Awards ceremony will be held February 21, 2017 at the 
AFCEA/USNI West 2017 conference in San Diego, CA at the San Diego Convention 
Center.  If awardees are unable to attend West 2017, the awards will be 
presented June 13-15,
2017 at the AFCEA Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium in Baltimore, MD at 
the Baltimore Convention Center.

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

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