Story Number: NNS140311-19Release Date: 3/11/2014 9:26:00 PM
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) David R. Finley Jr., Commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. TENTH Fleet Public Affairs
FORT MEADE, Md. (NNS) -- U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. TENTH Fleet (FCC/C10F) and Navy Cyber Forces (NCF) announced their sea and shore Sailors of the Year (SOY) during a ceremony at the Sheraton Hotel in Norfolk, Va., March 6.
During the ceremony, Cryptologic Technician (Technical) 1st Class (IDW/SW/SS) Nickolas A. Pazar, assigned to Navy Information Operations Command Whidbey Island, was named sea SOY and Cryptologic Technician (Collection) 1st Class (IDW/SW) Patricia H. Madigan, assigned to Navy Information Operations Command Hawaii, was named shore SOY.
"These two Sailors were selected because of the outstanding impact they have made at their respective commands, and the significant impact they have made on the Navy," said Master Chief Jon R. Taylor, FCC/ C10F's command master chief.
"This accomplishment says that throughout the information dominance community, these Sailors are without a doubt the best-of-the-best front line supervisors we have leading Sailors in our domain and in the Navy," said Taylor.
The winners were chosen from a group of 10 Sailors representing various commands throughout C10F's worldwide domain as well as from NCF.
Both Sailors will compete at U.S. Fleet Forces Command Sea and Shore Sailor of the Year competition in Norfolk, Va., March 23-27.
"I am humbled and honored to be selected as C10F sea Sailor of the Year," said Pazar. "These are words I had previously felt were overused in these situations, but they really do represent the feelings that accompany this selection."
Pazar credits the selection to the mentorship, training and experience received throughout his Navy career.
"I am grateful for the leaders who have mentored me over the years and took the time to truly develop me as a Sailor," said Pazar. "I am proud to be their legacy, and I hope to continue to pay it forward."
FCC serves as the Navy Component Command to U.S. Strategic Command and U.S. Cyber Command, providing operational employment of the Navy's cyber, network operations, information operations, cryptologic and space forces and Navy's Service Cryptologic Component commander to the National Security Agency/Central Security Service. FCC is an echelon 2 command reporting to the Chief of Naval Operations.
C10F is the operational arm of Fleet Cyber Command and executes its mission set through maritime warfighting organizations and mechanisms similar to those the Navy uses in other warfighting domains.
NCF is currently charged with providing relevant, resilient and effective C5I capabilities and a highly trained cyber workforce to maximize Fleet readiness and support all missions through cyberspace.
On March 4, however, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert directed Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command (CUSFFC) to establish an Information Dominance Type Command (TYCOM).
Consequently, NCF will be re-designated as Commander, Navy Information Dominance Forces (NAVIDFOR) and will provide the initial infrastructure, resources and assets for the TYCOM.
NAVIDFOR will subsume the existing NCF, and integrate Information Dominance-related man, train, and equip (MT&E) administrative functions of OPNAV N2/N6, FCC/C10F, Office of Naval Intelligence, and Navy Meteorology and Oceanography Command.