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TACAMO officer earns prestigious award

Posted 12/8/2011   Updated 12/8/2011 Email story   Print story


Strategic Communications Wing ONE Public Affairs

12/8/2011 - TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla.  -- Cmdr. Keith Patton, deputy for Communications, Strategic Communications Wing ONE, is one of 23 individuals selected as a recipient of the 2011 Copernicus Award.

The Copernicus Award was established to recognize individual contributions to naval warfare in command, control, communications, computers and intelligence, information systems and information warfare.

"I'm surprised and honored," said Commander Patton. "This is an award for the communications department and TACAMO. I may be leading and shaping the communications mission, but it's the Sailors, civilians and contractors from N6 and the Fleet Introduction Team that did the work that was recognized."

According to his nomination package, Commander Patton is an exemplary leader whose vision, dedication, and expansive and detailed knowledge of NC3 sets the standard for the community and has resulted in multiple significant doctrinal and procedural improvements to NC3 architecture.

"We are extremely proud of our deputy for Communications, Cmdr. Keith Patton, on his receipt of the 2011 Copernicus Award," said Capt. Charles Baker, SCW-1 deputy wing commander. "This award recognizes individual contributions to naval earfare in the field of command, control, communications, computers and intelligence and information warfare. Commander Patton's receipt of this prestigious award demonstrates his contributions not only to the TACAMO community, but to the entire Strategic Command and Control network."

A few of Commander Patton's accomplishments highlighted include identifying a critical gap in Residual Capabilities Assessment and Nuclear Report Back procedures and doctrine. To close the gap, he spearheaded an effort to include federal agencies, U.S. Army Military Affiliated Radio System, and National Guard units in new Task Force level exercises.

Commander Patton also led and organized efforts to take a Defense Reutilization and Marketing Office 44-foot trailer and reconfigured it into a 16-workstation mobile SCIF with organic IP (NIPR, SIPR, DCIN-TS GOLD), Voice (HF, UHF), Data (VLF, HF), Telephone (PSTN) and SATCOM (UHF and EHF) communications for less than $36,000. This new capability gives TF-124 an alternate command center and ability to meet previously gapped capabilities.

The award is sponsored by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association and the U.S. Naval Institute.

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