Sunday, March 23, 2014


Congratulations to LCDR Chuck Hall on his selection as the 2014 Captain Joseph Rochefort IWO Distinguished Leadership Award Winner!!

RMKS/1. Captain Joseph John Rochefort was a major figure in the U.S. Navy's development of cryptologic and intelligence capabilities from 1925 to 1947. He headed the Navy's fledgling cryptanalytic organization in the 1920's and provided singularly superb cryptologic support to the U.S. fleet during World War II, leading to victory in the Pacific. At the end of his career (1942-1946), CAPT 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.

2. Commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. TENTH Fleet is pleased to announce this year's winner of the Captain Joseph J. Rochefort Information Warfare (IW) Officer Distinguished Leadership Award.

This year's selectee is LCDR Charles H. Hall, USN, Naval Special Warfare Development Group.

3. The competition was exceptional with 13 nominations. Congratulations to the following other nominees for their significant leadership contributions to the IW mission:

LT Miles G. Alvarez, USN, NIOC Whidbey Island
LCDR Gregory S. Cardwell, USN, NCWDG
LCDR Christopher D. Eng, USN, USPACOM
LT Kenyatta M. Jones, USN, USS JOHN C. STENNIS
CDR John W. Olvey, USN, SIMBA
CDR Marc W. Ratkus, USN, NIOC Colorado
CDR Michael Riggins, USN, NIOC Texas
LT Ian D. Roberts, USN, NR NIOC Tacoma
LCDR Chad M. Smith, USN, NIOC San Diego

4. LCDR Hall will receive recognition from the U.S. Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association, a plaque commemorating his selection and his name will be added to a display in the heritage room at FLTCYBERCOM/COMTENTHFLT.

5. Congratulations and well done. Released by VADM Michael S. Rogers, Commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. TENTH Fleet.


Anonymous said...

Congratulations to Chuck !!! Great job shipmate.

Would like to have seen more commands represented in the nominations.

Not a single nominee from NIOC Ft Meade, NIOC Hawaii, NIOC Georgia, Tenth Fleet/FCC. Only one reserve nominee! Only one woman nominee! Put this one down in the missed opportunity category.

Anonymous said...

Outstanding choice! Not bad for a former COMEVAL ;)

CDR Farren

Anonymous said...

Awesome choice.

Anonymous said...

Recall that this is a peer nominated award --- I would also like give out a hearty BZ to the officer that nominated the good LCDR.

Anonymous said...

Peer nominated, establishment selected.

Captain said...

BZ to our Shipmate LT Jones !! Second nomination in a row. Give it time baby !!

LCDRLDO/6440 said...

Anonymous on March 23, 2014 at 12:32 PM

How is this a "missed opportunity"? This is a merit based award. Not quota based.

Mike Lambert said...


It is a missed opportunity to nominate a deserving individual for this important award. You can't convince me that there is not a deserving officer at the commands I mentioned.

Anonymous said...

Chuck is one of the best Officers I've ever served under. Very well deserved. Might have been a flyer at one point, but I know him as a NSW IW officer who has been on the ground with the boys in some pretty hairy situations leading from the front with no fear.


Sean Heritage said...

There are many great Officers in our community and each of the nominees certainly can be described as such. I had a tough time picking who I nominated this year and remain pleased that I chose to nominate Chuck. I would have been just as pleased if another fine Officer was selected in favor of Chuck. What disappoints me is the number of nominations submitted (not to be confused with the number of nominees). I do not have personal knowledge of the number of nominations, but I am willing to bet it is not much more (if any) than the number of nominees. This is a measure of the "WE" across the community. The more nominations submitted, the greater the "WE." Appears to me that the "ME" outnumbers the "WE." Congratulations to all of the nominees and congratulations to all of the nominators. Those who chose to nominate seem to understand Captain Rochefort's philosophy at least as much as those who were nominated..."There's no limit to what you can accomplish, so long as you don't care who gets the credit!" I am not eligible to nominate anyone next year, but I hope the number at least doubles. More WE, less ME!

Anonymous said...

Agree with the philosophy of not caring who receives the credit, but I'm not sure how that applies here. It's not like those who didn't nominate someone were selfishly nominating themselves. That would seem to be a case of more "ME".

Anyways, BZ Chuck.

Sean Heritage said...

Anon 10:50...

The quote, "Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it." comes to mind. Nominating someone else is an expression of gratitude. Not taking advantage of an opportunity to do so is not necessarily selfish, but it certainly isn't selfless.

I concur with your assessment of self-nominations.