united states coast guard

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UNCLAS //N01650//
ALCOAST 357/18
1. This ALCOAST is a solicitation regarding the 2019 Copernicus Award Submission.
The Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance in partnership with
the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) and the United
States Naval Institute (USNI) announces the request for nominations for the 2019
Copernicus Award (for duties performed in 2018). The Copernicus Award was established
to recognize individual contributions to naval warfare in command, control,
communications, computers and intelligence (C4I), cyber operations and information
warfare. The award is sponsored by the AFCEA and the USNI.
2. The combined efforts of the fleet and the shore establishment have been notably
successful in bringing the maritime services smartly into the information age.
Individual sailors and civilian employees have played critical roles in enabling a
revolution in military and civil affairs based on communications and information
technologies. Our achievements have been made through a set of common principles,
and most importantly, the actions and determination of individuals, military,
civilian, junior, and senior.
3. Award criteria and eligibility. 2019 nominees must have made a specific,
demonstrable contribution to the advancement of C4I, 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 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.
4. 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 and submitted by scan/email. 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 requirements and additional nomination package information, as
well as the most up-to-date POC information, can be found at:
5. Nominations due date. Coast Guard nominations are due to COMDT (CG-6) NLT 31 October
2018 in order to submit to the joint service selection board by 2 November 2018.
Late nominations will not be considered. The selection board will make its recommendations
for individual award selectees to AFCEA/USNI. AFCEA/USNI will make final selections and
OPNAV will announce the awardees via NAVADMIN message.
6. Award Ceremony. The annual Copernicus Award ceremony will be held 13-15 February 2019
at the AFCEA/USNI West Conference in San Diego, CA. Attire is Service Dress Blue and
business attire for civilians. For more information go to:
7. Award Submission. Submit award nominations packages to Executive Assistant COMDT (CG-6),
CDR Lisa L. Garcez, email at The preferred submission method is in
portable document format (PDF).
8. POC is CDR Lisa L. Garcez, Executive Assistant to COMDT (CG-6) at (202) 475-3553.
9. RDML David M. Dermanelian, Assistant Commandant for C4IT and Commander CG Cyber, sends.
10. Internet release is authorized.