CNO Holds All-Hands Call at Fleet Cyber Command

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert visited U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet (FCC/C10F) headquarters at Fort Meade, Dec. 17.

Greenert received an update on FCC/C10F operations and plans, met with Sailors and civilian staff, held an all-hands call, and presented the Navy Unit Commendation award to the command.

Greenert said:

The bar is set very high for this award.

It shows the command’s mettle. You educated the entire Department of Defense about how to respond to an incident and how to in turn, drive positive change.

Vice Adm. Jan E. Tighe, commander, FCC/C10F, received the award on behalf of the crew for their actions during Operation Rolling Tide.

Operation Rolling Tide was the Navy’s first named operation launched specifically to counter cyber activity directed against Navy networks and command and control capabilities.

The operation took place from Aug. 9, 2013 to Feb. 23, 2014 and is the most sophisticated network maneuver in U.S. Navy history, according to the award citation.

During the all-hands call, CNO answered questions ranging from training for the Navy’s newest Sailors to retirement benefits, as well as the importance of growing the cyber workforce.

Asked about the future of the cyber warfighting and full spectrum cyber capabilities, Greenert said,

Anything that projects electromagnetic energy will become extensions of cyber capabilities.

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