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 Communications and Information Award Program 

Award Cat: NCO 3C C&I AR
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AFI 36-2845

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The following Example has been taken out of IMT viewer so the formatting might be off.  I did not changed mission information, only names to protect myself and the people I have received the information from.

I will attempt to give a little insight to the entire process if I know it.

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- Superior NCO! One of six Comm and Info professionals assigned to Communications and Information Systems 
  Greece (CIS-GR); expertise, initiative and maturity beyond his peers ... made difficult tasks look easy
- 1 of 6 picked for transition planning team; interregnal in Joint Command SouthCenter (JCSC) shift to CIS-GR
  -- Forward thinking; identified server room move limiting factors; engaged project manager with comm needs
- Expertly worked on restructure of command's four secure network mail servers after crippling reoccurring 
  system crashes; sustained effort led to minimal system downtime and complete recovery of all 200+ users' data
- Averted damage from malicious logic attack; eradicated computer worm; improved network reliability by 22%
  -- Individually scanned 46 computer systems for viruses; removed 67 applications missed by antivirus software
- Created computer system configuration baseline for three remote sites for NATO's 2004 Olympics support staff 
- Technical expert; designed/setup Distinguished Games 04 (DG04) 43 system classified/unclassified network
  -- Automated installation of security; reduced configuration time by 373%--86 min a workstation to 23 min 
  -- Devised safe backup scheme when media wasn't procured; ensured 100% recovery in case of critical failure
  -- Dazzled the boss; received letter of appreciation and Olympic coin from the Hellenic Ministry of Defense
- Provided 24/7 DG04 support to Forward Control Element (FCE) & Combined Air Operations Center (CAOC)
  -- Stabilized and corrected message routing between CAOC and DG04 FCE; eliminated 3 sec delay per msg
  -- Resolved Greek flag ship secure mail connectivity; permitted host nation/NATO allies time-sensitive comm
- Reengineered DG04 FCE Chemical, Biological, Radiological, or Nuclear (CBRN) computer system; enhanced
  intelligence sharing on crime and terrorism related issues for approx 210 personnel from six NATO Nations
  -- Installed unclassified network for remote CBRN site; enhanced 60 deployed Czech soldiers quality of life
- Thwarted crippling Denial of Service attack during DG04; tracked problem to trojan generating 4k msg/day
- Windows savvy; created three programs to speed-up user/system changes; saved 4.25 hrs per network update
- Eagerly gathered Windows security knowledge; info learned greatly benefited entire headquarters network 
  -- Authored 7 programs; automated creation/update of 9K site black list; enhanced network security by 500%
- Technician skills second-to-none; corrected crucial Kerberos security on mail server; limited outage to 3 hours
- Breathed new life in training plan; resurrected 78 maintenance tasks; enabled better maintenance task coverage
- Hardware knowledge! Isolated and fixed finance server sole tape backup drive; replaced three floppy drives
  on administration computers; reutilized drives from older systems; collectively saved headquarters 326 Euro
- Developed first-ever network policy to enhance message services; projected network growth for next 2 years
- Leading technical expert; created successful network backup solution where none existed; saved HQ 10K Euro
  -- Proved reliability of backups; successfully restored unclassified mail server; fully operational in only 4 hrs
- Remotely repaired mail server for NATO's only Forces of Lower Readiness (Land) Headquarters in Greece
- Beating expectations; installed 2 NATO Deployable Corps-Greece (NDC-GR) servers, created 231 users and
  21 groups; assured NDC-GR initial full operational capability evaluation and exercise--GORDIAN KNOT
  -- Identified problems and created stepping stones needed to beat NATO's summer 2005 operational timeline 
- Diligently sanitized 18 NATO secret hard drives; prevented unauthorized access and disclosure of secret files
- Maintained 99% AIFS continuity; individually corrected 15% of all messages received--zero lost messages
- Corrected catastrophic Allied Information Flow System routing fault; restarted flow of secure NATO message
- Drafted 18-step Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for computer swap; simplified training of 5 person team 
  -- Spearheaded the switch of 27 systems need to complete Component Command - Air request for 160 systems 
  -- Implemented teams suggestions; decreased system and file replacement time from 4 hours to 1.5 hours/user
- Established first historical archive of Headquarters secure records; 386K file library spanning 1998 to 2004 
  -- Attained first step in metamorphosis of NATO's secure network from JCSC domain to CIS-GR group
- Established hard drive duplication model; eliminated antiquated procedures and vast collection of CD-ROMs
  -- Innovation produced results! Model reduced drive duplication time by 783%; from 47 mins to just 6 mins 
  -- Outlined 23-step SOP for duplication accuracy; strengthened knowledge/training of new Greek personnel


Interesting package.  It was actually submitted, unfortunately it was probably not scored since it didn't follow the corrected format!  Very important lesson to the writer and the troop.  Attention to detail is a make or break issue.  Overall the package looked good, and might of done well, but again it didn't follow the correct format!

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