Monday, August 8, 2011
Information Warfare and Cryptology Community Turnover Message From outgoing RADM Deets
Date: August 6, 2011 7:10:18 AM CDT
Leaders: Request pass to all IWOs, CTs, and Community Civilians.
Shipmates, As I bring my 32 year career to a close, I want you all to know what an honor and privilege it has been to lead our great Information Warfare and Cryptology Community. As I go ashore, I will tell you again that there is no better time to be a member of this Community. Our growing ranks are filled with motivated, dedicated, innovative professionals delivering relevant war fighting capability.
At 1400 on 5 August 2011, I turned over leadership of this Community to RADM (select) Bill Leigher, our senior Community Flag Officer currently serving in a Navy position. I have known Bill for many years. He is a good friend; he is a very capable leader with great vision, and a gift for communicating.
We have been through great change throughout our 76 year history and the last several years have been no different. This must also be so in the future. Stasis is dangerous; it gives our adversaries the edge. Change and adaptation are vital; throughout our history, they have kept us relevant.
And we have never been stronger, more relevant, or in greater demand than we are today. In the past 5 years we have grown by 27%, an unprecedented rate which speaks to the need for your war fighting bona fides both in the Navy and in the Joint world. We have focused our skill sets on those 3 things that are truly foundational; they are unique to us; they are what we bring to the fight: Cryptology/Signals Intelligence, Computer Network Operations, and Electronic Warfare. We have honed our cyber capability to be the best in DoD. We have a warfare device which comes with this new warfare area. And we have an Information Dominance Corps to leverage the tremendous advantage that is our incredible Navy men and women.
We were relevant in the early days, in March 1935 when we first became a Community. We had 10,000 specialists in our business at the height of World War II; we have many more today--relevance. In 1945, we experienced tremendous change as we have since, and as a result we remained relevant through the Korean War, Vietnam, the Cold War, the Gulf War, OPERATION Iraqi Freedom, OPERATION Enduring Freedom. The message is clear: your Navy and this country appreciate what you bring to the fight.
Your patriotism and selfless service are sources of great pride and inspiration for all Americans. Write this important chapter. Go make history and thank you for the opportunity to help take you there. God speed and open water.
v/r, RADM E.H. Deets, III