SAN DIEGO, CA – The first presentation of the Enlisted Information Dominance Warfare Specialist qualification to a destroyer Sailor occurred aboard USS MILIUS (DDG 69) on May 15.
Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) San Diego awarded Cryptologic Technician (Technical) First Class (Surface Warfare) Adam Overton the qualification. On behalf of NIOC San Diego’s Commanding Officer, Commander William Carter, MILIUS’ Commanding Officer, Commander Stephen Shedd, pinned Overton at a ceremony aboard MILIUS on Wednesday.
“To our knowledge, Petty Officer Overton is the first destroyerman to have earned EIDWS,” said Milius Command Master Chief, CMDCM(SW/AW) Bill Houlihan. “That’s something we take a great deal of pride in. More than that, though, it’s testament to our Sailors doing whatever they can to improve themselves and this ship.”
The EIDWS qualification signifies a Sailor's understanding of his role in the Information Dominance Corps (IDC) as it pertains to war fighting, mission effectiveness, and command survivability.
"This represents significant professional achievement in a Sailor’s career," said Commander Shedd, who pinned the warfare device on Overton's uniform at the ceremony. "It demonstrates a high degree of personal effort to be emulated by the entire crew."
The qualification is available to Sailors within the IDC ratings: Information Systems Technicians (IT), Cryptologic Technicians (CT), Intelligence Specialists (IS) and Aerographer's Mates (AG). Sailors in non-IDC ratings who support the IDC mission are also permitted to earn the qualification when attached to participating commands.
Overton said he felt honored to be the first destroyer Sailor to earn the EIDWS qualification.
"It’s a proud accomplishment," said Overton. "I hope Sailors continue to qualify because it really pushes proficiency throughout the information dominance warfare area."
The qualification process required Overton to pass an oral board administered by subject matter experts from Naval Information Operations Command, San Diego. The board lasted three hours and covered multiple topics relating to the information dominance warfare area.
"The ability to qualify for this pin is a great incentive for Sailors to grow as information dominance professionals," said the CO. "We are extremely proud of CTT1’s achievement."