10th Fleet Sailors Remember Midway
By MC2 William Sykes, FCC/C10F
FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, MD (NNS) – U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet (FCC/C10F) and Cryptologic Warfare Group 6 (CWG-6) held a Battle of Midway remembrance in the Fort Meade Post Theater, June 7.
The remembrance gave Sailors insight into the Battle of Midway and its tie to the modern intelligence community. This year marked the 77th anniversary of the battle, where predictive and actionable intelligence led to the U.S. victory against Japanese naval forces.
"Midway was a pivotal battle for not only the United States Navy, but cryptology at large," said CAPT Joseph Sears, CWG-6 commanding officer. "It was a place where operational maneuver was enabled by the intelligence provided by a group of dedicated professionals working at Pearl Harbor."
Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, CDR Joseph Rochefort and his code-breaking team at Station Hypo in Pearl Harbor worked around the clock to decipher the thousands of Japanese messages that the Americans routinely intercepted
Jeff Barta, Naval History and Heritage Command Deputy for Museum Operations, was guest speaker for the ceremony.
"Cryptology was a fairly new skill in the warfare area," said Barta. “Rochefort had a lot of political infighting to overcome, both in Pearl Harbor and with superiors back in DC. He had to prove that the Japanese were coming.”
Midway is seen as a moment in history where the Navy proved itself both adaptive and cutting-edge in how its Sailors’ apply technical skills to challenges.
FCC is responsible for Navy information network operations, offensive and defensive cyberspace operations, space operations and signals intelligence. Comprised of over 14,000 Sailors, Reservists and civilians stationed across the world, C10F is the operational arm of FCC and executes its mission through a task force structure similar to other warfare commanders.