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Fort Myers native serving country as ‘information warrior’

Petty Officer 2nd Class Knopp, a Cape High graduate, working as cryptologic technician

August 3, 2018
By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jerry Jimenez, Navy Office of Community Outreach , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

PENSACOLA A 2010 Cape Coral High School graduate and Fort Myers native is stationed with a command responsible for teaching future information warriors the skills required to defend America around the world.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Mariah Knopp works as a cryptologic technician and operates out of the Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC) Corry Station.

A cryptologic technician is responsible for analyzing electronic communications, jamming enemy radar signals, deciphering information in foreign languages and maintaining equipment and networks used to generate top secret intel.

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Petty Officer 2nd Class Mariah Knopp

Knopp credits success in the Navy with lessons learned growing up in Fort Myers.

"I learned about having a strong work ethic and how to support myself to achieve my goals," said Knopp.

IWTC Corry Station is just one component that makes up the Center for Information Warfare Training (CIWT) domain, headquartered at Naval Air Station Pensacola Corry Station, Fla.

Charged with developing the future technical cadre of the information warfare community, the CIWT domain leads, manages, and delivers Navy and joint force training to 22,000 students annually. With 1,200 military, civilian and contracted staff members, CIWT oversees about 200 courses at four information warfare training commands, two detachments, and additional learning sites located throughout the United States and Japan.

CIWT is responsible for training enlisted cryptologic technicians, information systems technicians, intelligence specialists, and electronics technicians. CIWT also provides training to cryptologic warfare, information professional, intelligence, and foreign area officers that prepares them to be prepared to wage battle, and assure the nation's success in this burgeoning warfare arena.

"Our sailors and staff are intentional about building trust, demonstrating teamwork, pursuing growth, and instilling grit which make our command thrive in training information warfare professionals for the Navy the nation needs," said Cmdr. Chad Smith, commanding officer of IWTC Corry Station. "Each and every day, I'm extremely proud of how our sailors and staff readily adapt to achieve and maintain the highest of standards. They truly represent the spirit and character of America, and they are why we are the strongest military force in the world."

While there are many ways to earn distinction in the Navy, Knopp is also proud of earning a Flag Letter of Commendation signed by an admiral.

As a member of one of the U.S. Navy's most relied-upon assets, Knopp and other sailors and staff know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes, serving as a key part of the information warfare community in its mission to gain a deep understanding of the inner workings of adversaries and developing unmatched knowledge of the battlespace during wartime.

These sailors and staff have a tremendous responsibility in creating war-fighting options for fleet commanders and advising decision-makers at all levels as they serve worldwide aboard ships, submarines and aircraft and from the National Security Agency to the Pentagon.

"Serving in the Navy opens up so many opportunities," Knopp added. "It taught me a lot about what I'm capable of and opened a lot of doors."



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