NORAD-USNORTHCOM Announce 3rd Quarter Award Winners

By NORAD and USNORTHCOM Public Affairs

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PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – The North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command recognized their top performers for July - September 2005 during a quarterly awards ceremony Oct. 26.

Maj. Gen. Paul Sullivan, NORAD and USNORTHCOM chief of staff, presented the awards.

The NORAD winners are:

• Navy Lt. Andrew W. Boyden, Combined Intelligence and Fusion Center, company grade officer;
• Senior Master Sgt. Vernon L. Thompson, Operations Division, senior noncommissioned officer;
• Air Force Staff Sgt. Richard J. Arevalo, Operations Division, noncommissioned officer;
• Army Staff Sgt. Marshall Smith, Directorate of Operations, noncommissioned officer - Reserve component;
• Senior Airman Katherine P. Portales, Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center, junior enlisted.

The USNORTHCOM winners are:

• Coast Guard Lt. John D. Cole, Directorate of Operations, company grade officer;
• Sgt. 1st Class Lonnie R. Calloway, Directorate of Operations, senior noncommissioned officer;
• Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Jason S. Morris, Command Graphics, noncommissioned officer.

The NORAD-USNORTHCOM civilians of the quarters are:

• Karen Martin, Directorate of Operations, Category I; and
• Benita Cartwright, Protocol, Category II.

Boyden, the deputy chief of the Asymmetric Vulnerability Branch of the Combined Intelligence and Fusion Center, served as the Intelligence Directorate’s deputy exercise director and briefer during the Alaskan Shield/Northern Edge 05 exercise. During Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, Boyden served as assistant to the CIFC’s director of operations. He also initiated and chairs the U.S. Navy Mentoring Program for sailors assigned to the CIFC.

Thompson is superintendent of NORAD’s Operations Division and was crisis action team superintendent during two classified crisis stand-ups. During Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, he provided staffing expertise, taking on extra duties to help with requests for forces. Thompson is an Air Force Academy facilitator, working with 75 cadets, and delivers meals to the elderly.

Arevalo, the noncommissioned officer in charge of Information Management in NORAD’s Operations Division, managed more than 250 taskings on three computer networks. During Hurricane Katrina relief operations, he volunteered to take on extra duties to augment the chief of staff’s office. He also volunteered as a Spanish interpreter for the Colorado Springs Police Department.

Smith, a planner in NORAD’s Information Operations Branch, was instrumental in the use of information-dissemination capabilities during Hurricane Katrina operations. He supplemented the Emergency Preparedness Course with new modules outlining the utility of military resources to disseminate information. He discovered civil affairs assets that could be used for the Vigilant Shield exercise and provided critical input into operations models for maritime homeland defense and defense support to civil agencies. Smith was selected to be a NORAD-USNORTHCOM ambassador and is a member of the commands’ color guard.

Portales, the Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center emergency actions controller, trouble-shot and eliminated a communication disruption, allowing for the identification of a suspect aircraft in the national capitol region. Her situational awareness and discipline also contributed to multiple crew saves. While on leave status, Portales sheltered two Hurricane Katrina victims and volunteered at the Baytown, Texas, hurricane relief center.

Cole, an action officer in the Maritime Branch of the Future Operations Division in USNORTHCOM’s Operations Directorate, single-handedly wrote the new NORAD-USNORTHCOM Defense Continuity Plan. He also developed USNORTHCOM’s first concrete Continuity of Operations plan and was the primary operations contact for all Coast Guard issues related to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita relief efforts. Cole helped establish Operations Planning Group work spaces, which were operational in under 24 hours, and was chosen to represent the Operations Directorate at a lunch with the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. In his off-duty time, Cole furthered his education and coached the USNORTHOCM intramural golf team.

Calloway, the operations noncommissioned officer in the Future Operations Division of USNORTHCOM’s Operations Directorate, improved working relations among the command’s battle staff cells during the Northern Edge exercise and during relief operations for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. His performance as security manager was incident-free, and he managed a quarterly budget of more than $20,000. Calloway coordinated a 35-volunteer team for a Habitat for Humanity project, spent off-duty hours preparing for the early issue of the new Army uniform, and supported the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo.

Morris, the noncommissioned officer in charge of NORAD-USNORTHCOM’s Command Graphics, managed the production of more than 200 products supporting relief operations for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. On short notice, he produced charts used to brief the secretary of defense, who in turn used them to brief the president. He also produced many materials in support of the president’s visit to the commands. Morris volunteered to be the Navy physical fitness coordinator for more than 200 sailors on four bases.

Martin, an assistant in USNORTHCOM’s Operations Directorate, processed 43 civilian time cards and handled travel requirements for many directorate personnel. She also served as an organizational mailbox manager and completed several training courses. In her off-duty time, Martin helped raise group morale by organizing tailgate socials for Air Force Academy football games.

Cartwright developed and implemented a process to identify and inventory more than 10,000 items in the commander’s memento stock. She reorganized the commander’s $150,000 official representation and special morale and welfare fund program. She also successfully executed the visit of the spouse of the chairman of the Indian Chiefs of Staff Committee.