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NAVIFOR Employee Chosen as 2017 Copernicus Awardee and COY

U.S. Navy - Tuesday 13th February, 2018

SUFFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- Naval Information Forces (NAVIFOR) recognized Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) Integration Analyst afloat and ashore, Stuart L. Farlin, as NAVIFOR Civilian of the Year.

Farlin was also recognized by the Navy as one of the 21 winners for its fiscal year 2017 Copernicus Award.

"Mr. Farlin has fully exceeded expectations during his first year of civilian government service; his performance has been truly exceptional! He has become a strong advocate for promoting the mission of the Information Warfare TYCOM, and his accomplishments have been recognized by the Chief of Naval Operations for improving the warfighting readiness of our naval forces," said Supervisory Program Analyst for Assured C2 Requirements (N821) Mr. Max Willey.

Farlin a Nebraska native, a retired Navy Lt. Cmdr., a prior contractor and currently in his first year of government service spearheaded the improvement of the U.S. Navy's afloat communications capabilities on multiple fronts by leading initiatives to advance the operational use of extremely high frequency (EHF) satellite communications, bringing with it the ability to provide protected wideband communications to the Fleet in communications contested environments.

"I understand how to put the big picture together and always like to make things better, and that is what drives me," said Farlin. "I see that the Navy is investing in modernizing communications equipment and I find that there is still room to influence how we can best use that investment and get the best use out of the equipment."

Farlin had many accomplishment's however, one of them was leading a project for identifying deficiencies in communications requirements associated with Combatant Commander deliberate planning. His analysis, assessments, and at sea demonstrations of space and communication transport system requirements contributed to a $130 million dollar fiscal year 2017 and 2018 funding for immediately improving protected satellite communications between ship and shore nodes.

Farlin stated that is a fast pace world here at NAVIFOR which is in the middle of turning those requirements into investments for the Navy and that it is very rewarding to be part of the team.

"Commitment, dedication and honor exemplify Mr. Farlin's characteristics, work ethic and enthusiasm. He strives to improve the warfighters' knowledge and ability to maintain the tactical edge in battle, as evidenced in his passion for advancing communication capabilities for our deployed maritime forces. It is with these and many of his other great achievements that makes him most deserving of this distinction," said Willey.

The Copernicus award was established in 1997 and is named after the Copernicus Architecture (shifting the center of the universe) used as the blueprint for the future Command, Control, Computers, Communications and Intelligence (C4I) structure of the Navy. Recipients are selected based on their sustained superior performance in a C4I/Information Technician-related job. The selections are made each year by Navy judges who review applications from the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, and include both active duty and civilian personnel.

There were also three additional Copernicus recipients from NAVIFOR's West Coast Administrative Control Commands; Lt. Richard G. Dobias, Navy Information Operations Command San Diego; Lt. Cmdr. Jacob P. Galbreath, Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station, San Diego; and Chief Cryptologic Technician Networks, Mitchell A. Sheppard, Navy Information Operations Command, Hawaii. The Copernicus award is sponsored by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association and the U.S. Naval Institute. Farlin along with other winners was recognized at an award ceremony Feb. 6 in San Diego.

NAVIFOR's mission is to provide combat-ready information warfare forces to operational commanders, ashore and afloat, that are forward deployable, fully trained, properly manned, capably equipped, always ready, well-maintained and combat sustainable.

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