ATG San Diego Sailor Named Among 2013 Copernicus Award Winners
By Lt. Calvin Beads, ATG San Diego Public Affairs
SAN DIEGO – A Sailor formerly assigned to Afloat Training Group (ATG) San Diego has been named as a recipient of the 2013 Copernicus Award.

Chief Cryptologic Technician (Technical) Igor Lobanov was selected as one of the 31 recipients for the fiscal year 2013 Copernicus Award, according to an official naval message released Jan. 3.

The Copernicus Award was established to recognize individual contributions to naval warfare in command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I), information systems and information warfare.

The award is sponsored by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association and the U.S. Naval Institute.

Lobanov served at ATG San Diego from December 2010 to December 2013 as an afloat trainer, the C4I division leading chief petty officer and as a combat systems training team leader.

He was nominated for the award by his commanding officer for his innovative training techniques and the contributions he made to the Pacific Fleet in the area of C4I.

“Chief Lobanov’s brilliant deckplate leadership greatly increased the war fighting proficiency of Pacific Fleet ships in all areas of C4I to include electronic warfare, communications, cryptology, information systems and intelligence,” wrote Capt. Thomas P. Shaw, ATG San Diego’s commanding officer in the awards package.

Shaw noted that Lobanov’s specific contributions included helping to draft the electronic warfare (EW) training and certification requirements for all surface ships, delivering EW training to more than 250 Sailors, and successfully completing 573 training and certification events on board 67 ships.

Lobanov is currently attending the Senior Enlisted Academy in Newport, R.I.

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