April 30, 2012 --
ARLINGTON, Va. (April 19, 2012) – “The future we have in the Marine Corps and where we’re going to make our biggest impact is in our ability to evolve and innovate our networks - to think of them in the terms of war fighting and using this technology to close with and destroy the enemy,” Lt. Gen. Robert E. Schmidle, deputy commandant, U.S. Cyber Command, said on the where communications in the Marine Corps is going. It is a direction U.S. Marine Corps Special Operations Command is already headed due to the contributions of a few of its all-star communicators.
Three members of MARSOC took home three of six awards given at the Ninth Annual Marine Corps Association and Foundation C4 Awards Dinner, April 19, in Arlington, Va.
Tonya M. Vannoy, Command, Control, Communications and Computers System (C4) Services and Resources coordinatior, Marine Special Operations Regiment; Sgt. Samuel K. Land, cyber chief, Communications Platoon, Marine Special Operations Support Group; and Gunnery Sgt. Ryan E. Evans, communications chief, Marine Special Operations Company Alpha, 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, each took home an award.
Vannoy was the recipient of the James Hamilton Information Technology Management Civilian of the Year for continually providing network support to the battalions in MARSOC as well as taking on leadership responsibilities. She ensured that more than 1,500 Marines and Sailors assigned to Marine Special Operations Regiment had access to the networks and telephones.
Land, a Warner Robins, Ga. native, was the recipient of the Pfc. Herbert A. Littleton Noncommissioned Officer Trophy for Operational Communications Excellence. When Land was deployed with Special Operations Task Force 82 last year, he was able to switch the operating systems from outdated material to new ones. He also supervised and fielded the integration of the AN/TSC-156 Phoenix satellite terminals, which required him to obtain updates to all systems to be folded into the Special Operations Command Satellite Communications Network.
“The most important thing to take away from all of this is to continue to work and be the best Marine, the best leader and the best communicator that I can be,” said Land.
Evans, an Ashtabula, Ohio native, took home the Pfc. Herbert A. Littleton Staff Noncommissioned Officer Trophy for Operational Communications Excellence. While with deployed with Alpha Company, Evans was in charge of a joint communications task force that provided network support to more than 700 service members and civilians. He also installed communications systems for several special operation teams to communicate with headquarters in an area that was more than 200 miles of open terrain.
“I was truly humbled by this award,” he said. “I never thought in a million years I would win something like this. I can honestly say, looking back on it, it was because of the team of guys I was working with. I truly feel it’s about them too.”