Friday, June 22, 2012

CWO3 Garofolo earns the Captain Joseph Rochefort Distinguished Leadership Award

Vice Admiral Michael S. Rogers, Commander, US Fleet Cyber Command/TENTH Fleet announced that Chief Warrant Officer (CWO3) Stephen J. Garofolo is this year's winner of the Captain Joseph Rochefort Information Warfare (IW) Officer Distinguished Leadership Award.

Bravo Zulu Warrant and congratulations to you and your wonderful Navy family!!   Your Shipmates are extremely proud of you.

Captain Joseph Rochefort was a major figure in the US Navy's development of cryptologic and intelligence capabilities from 1925 to 1947.  He headed the Navy's fledgling cryptanalytic organization in the 1920s and provided singularly superb cryptologic support to the US fleet during World War II, leading to the victory in the Pacific.  At the end of his career (1942-1946), Rochefort successfully headed the Pacific Strategic Intelligence Group in Washington.  In 1986, he posthumously received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his contribution during the Battle of Midway.

Last year's winner of this prestigious award was Commander Nicholas Homan, former Commanding Officer, Navy Information Operations Command Colorado.


CWO4 Brian L. Ashpole, USN-Retired said...

Congratulations to Steve on this award. I'm glad to say that this doesn't suprise me in the least bit. I was fortunate to observe him as a CTR1 teaching young "A" school students.
He's always been a pro and it's quite obvious that this is but one of many accomplishments this Sailor has achieved.

Mike Lambert said...

Steve was one of our best instructors at Corry Station when I was the Director of Training. I did his Master Training Specialist certification and I can attest to the fact that he was a phenomenal instructor. Navy is fortunate to have him leading our young men and women.

James Hammersla said...

Congratulations! OohRah!

Anonymous said...

If you get a chance to see the message, Steve was selected over some pretty vaunted company, including current and former CO's. For anyone who knows what Steve has accomplished over the last year, this is no suprise.

CDR Launtz Rodgers said...

I had the privilege of serving with CWO3 Garofolo at NIOC Texas recently and can proudly say that he is one of the best Naval Officers I have ever met. He is a true professional both as a technician and as a natural leader of our Sailors. Congrats to Steve on this well deserved recognition!