By Ensign Gee Mi Jorde, USS Chancellorsville Public Affairs
YOKOSUKA, Japan – A Sailor assigned to the Ticonderoga class guided-missile cruiser, USS Chancellorsville (CG 62), was recognized as a winner of the 2016 Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Copernicus Award, Dec. 27.
Cryptologic Technician Collection 1st Class Brandon Bell received the 2016 Copernicus Award for his outstanding duties while serving as leading petty officer in charge of the ship’s signal exploitation space onboard Chancellorsville.
“I am quite shocked to have been selected for this award,” said Bell. “There are those out there conducting more dangerous operations and amongst all of the other candidates, we were chosen. This award is reflective not only of my work, but my entire team’s. After all, it isn’t often in this community that you can see the tangible effect of our intelligence efforts.”
The Copernicus Award was established in 1997 by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) and the U.S. Naval Institute (USNI). It is awarded to members of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard who have channeled their knowledge of Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence (C4I), Information Systems, or Information Warfare (IW) to further expand Naval warfare.
Bell’s contributions led Chancellorsville to receive one of the most distinctive intelligence and cryptologic awards in the US Navy. This recognition is one more in a line of accomplishments from 2016 for the Chancellorsville cryptologic team. Commander, Task Force 70 (CTF 70) named Chancellorsville’s Cryptologic Technician Collection Second Class Nicholas Henry “Intelligence Professional of the Year” and, recently, named Chancellorsville the “Cryptologic Ship of the Year.”
“Petty Officer Bell is an outstanding Sailor, superb leader in the division and loving father. His contributions to Chancellorsville and the IW community are unmatched,” said Bell’s division officer, Chief Warrant Officer Ned Lentz. “We are very proud of his accomplishments and the significant contributions to our overall combat readiness.”
In all, Bell said it was the support of his team that has allowed him to accomplish so much.
“If I could put all of OT Divisions’ names on the award, I would. I’ve been a CT for fourteen years and this is by far the best crew I’ve operated with,” said Bell.