FISCAL YEAR 2017 COPERNICUS AWARD NOMINATIONS

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R 311317Z AUG 17
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SUBJ/FISCAL YEAR 2017 COPERNICUS AWARD NOMINATION//

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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 2017 nominees must have made 
a specific, demonstrable contribution to the advancement of C4I, Information 
Systems, or Cyber Operations.  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 22 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 from 
nominations received 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, 
and award information can be found at 
http://www.afcea.org/site/?q=awards/copernicus.  Nominations need to be 
submitted no later than 3 November 2017 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 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.

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

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