MCA&F Recognizing Excellence at Upcoming C4 Awards Dinner

The Marine Corps Association & Foundation, in conjunction with HQMC, C4 Division, will host the 9th Annual MCA&F C4 Awards Dinner on Thursday, 19 April 2012 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA.

The Marine Corps Association & Foundation, in conjunction with HQMC, C4 Division, will host the 9th Annual MCA&F C4 Awards Dinner on Thursday, 19 April 2012 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA.

The dinner honors the Marine Corps C4 Community and serves as the opportunity to recognize the recipients of the LtCol. Kevin M. Shea Memorial Unit Award, the General Alfred M. Gray Trophy, the three PFC Herbert Littleton Trophies, and the James Hamilton Information Technology Management Civilian Marine Award.

The evening’s guest speaker, LtGen Robert E. Schmidle, Jr., Deputy Commander, US Cyber Command will help recognize the following award recipients:

Captain Christopher S. Tsirlis- Recipient of the 2011 General Alfred M. Gray Trophy for Outstanding Communications Leadership.  Capt Tsirlis was directly responsible for the operation of two technical control facilities and area distribution nodes aboard Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, supporting over 25,000 coalition users. He has developed a hard—hitting C4 systems training and reinvigorated the battalion’s tactical martial baseline training.

Mrs. Tonya M. Vannoy- Recipient of the 2011 James Hamilton Information Technology Management Civilian Marine of the Year Award. Mrs. Vannoy provided the critical continuity required to properly supervise the delivery and testing of critical equipment, and ensured proper equipment ended up in the hands of the operating forces.

Sergeant Samuel K. Land- Recipient of the 2011 PFC Herbert A. Littleton Noncommissioned Officer Trophy for Operational Communications Excellence.  Camp Lawton, Afghanistan, Sgt Land was responsible for secure and non-secure Special Operations Forces networks spanning an area of operations covering over 150,000 square miles.

Sergeant Zachary R. McClendon- Recipient of the 2011 PFC Herbert A. Littleton Noncommissioned Officer Trophy for Electronics Maintenance Excellence.  Sgt McClendon was instrumental in developing and designing an innovative way to operationally test the Communication Emitter and Sensing and Attacking System antenna productivity.

Gunnery Sergeant Ryan E. Evans- Recipient of the 2011 PFC Herbert A. Littleton Staff Noncommissioned Officer Trophy for Operational Communications Excellence.  As the communications chief for Marine Special Operations Company Alpha, GySgt Evans brought MARSOC to the forefront of special operations communications excellence.

3DBn, 2D Marines Communications Section- Recipients of the 2011 Lieutenant Colonel Kevin M. Shea Memorial Unit Award. The communication platoon met the challenge of supporting a large battle space with multiple, vital communications links that were single-threaded back to battalion headquarters and installed an Aerostat Full Motion Video (FMV) surveillance system at a remote outlying site.

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