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Fort Myers native serving with U.S. Navy’s Information Warfare Community

May 6, 2016
By Naval Information Forces Public Affairs , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Suffolk, Va. A 1977 Riverdale High School graduate and Fort Myers native is serving as part of the U.S. Navy's Information Warfare Community at Naval Information Forces in Suffolk, Va.

DoD Civilian Mark Williams is a management analyst, charged with manpower management functions to include activity creation, deletion, realignment actions and manpower change actions to support the Navy's cyber mission.

Providing human capital metrics information for the domain and supporting internal and external Department of the Navy and Department of Defense manpower data requests.

Williams' job supports the Navy's Information Warfare Community, which includes experts in meteorology and oceanography, cryptology, communications, electronic warfare, intelligence and space capabilities in addition to cyber and networks operations.

"I enjoy working with a variety of commands, resolving manpower issues from around the world and different missions," said Williams.

In today's information age, the men and women who make up the Information Warfare Community around the world are experts who provide leaders with the full knowledge of the areas in which they operate, including both the physical and cyber environments.

These warfighters directly contribute to the U.S. Navy mission of deterring and defeating aggression while ensuring freedom of action anywhere around the world.

"The challenging work is what I like about NAVIFOR, same old day, but different stuff; always a different mission," said Williams.

Naval Information Forces, where Williams currently works, is responsible for the manning, training and equipping of the Information Warfare community, meaning they provide the capabilities and workforce necessary to maximize Navy readiness and execute Navy Information Warfare operations around the world.

Williams also said he is proud to be one of the sailors and civilians serving a command that is supporting actions and capabilities to defeat any enemy by using Assured Command and Control, Battlespace Awareness, Integrated Fires and freedom of Maneuver in and through the information environment.

"Things change, just as leadership changes is what I've learned about serving as a DoD civilian," said Williams. "You just have to stay on your toes and support your leadership."

"Sailors and civilians within the Information Warfare Community find themselves at the forefront of a rapidly-evolving domain that requires the best people with the highest standards - both professionally and personally," said RADM Matthew J. Kohler, commander, Naval Information Forces. "It's important to take the time to recognize these Information Warriors who protect our nation on a daily basis."

As a member of a command with multiple responsibilities, Williams, other civilians, and sailors are proud to earn the public's trust defending this great nation through the worlds most advanced Information Warfare Force.

The mission of Naval Information Forces is to provide operational commanders ashore and afloat, combat-ready information warfare forces, which are forward deployable, fully trained, properly manned, capably equipped, always ready, well-maintained and combat sustainable.



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