IT1 Koss is the Key Management Infrastructure (KMI) Operating Account Manager (KOAM) for the U.S. Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Misawa, Japan. He is responsible for all actions associated with the receipt, handling, issue, safeguarding, accounting, and disposition of Communications Security (COMSEC) material assigned to a KMI Operating Account and also serves as the Officer in Charge's primary advisor on account management matters.
IT1 Koss, a native of Baltimore, Maryland, enlisted in the United States Navy on January 26, 2007. Following completion of Recruit Training in Great Lakes, Illinois he reported to Information Systems Technician “A” school in Pensacola, Florida. Upon graduation, he reported to his first duty station onboard USS Carr, FFG-52.
In 2008, IT1 Koss reported to Center for Information Dominance Learning Site Norfolk, Virginia, where he completed the Journeyman Communication Course “C” School. In 2010, after graduating from Non-Compliant Boarding: Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) Team Training, he was assigned to the VBSS Team onboard USS Carr, where he and his team went on to seize more than 22 million dollars’ worth of illegal narcotics and arrested nine drug traffickers. In January 2012 he was assigned to Commander Submarine Forces Atlantic where he served as a Communications Watch Officer in support of strategic communications operations.
From June 2015 until July 2017, IT1 Koss has served as the Alternate Electronic Key Management System (EKMS) Manager. In November 2016, he led the transition from EKMS to KMI which modernized the detachments COMSEC capabilities, leading to a greater level of National Security.
IT1 Koss is qualified as an Enlisted Information and Surface Warfare Specialist. His personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 Awards), Good Conduct Medal (3 Awards), and various unit and team awards.