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NAVIFOR FORCM David B. Carter visit to NCTAMS LANT Det Souda Bay.

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NAVIFOR FORCM David B. Carter visit to NCTS, Naples.

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Happy 4th of July from VADM Brian Brown and Naval Information Forces!!!
Remember all those who are away from home defending our freedom.

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At a ceremony held on June 15, 2018 VADM Brian Brown assumed command of Naval Information Forces from VADM Matthew Kohler during a Change of Command ceremony.

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SUFFOLK, Va. – Vice Adm. Matthew J. Kohler, commander, Naval Information Forces (NAVIFOR) was relieved by Vice Adm. Brian B. Brown in a ceremony June 15 at the Department of Defense complex, Suffolk, Virginia.

“The synergy of intelligence, information and weapons systems in order to realize the full potential of our capabilities as a Fleet is paramount to our warfighters operating forward, executing the missions across all domains and in contested and denied environments around the globe,” said Adm. Christopher Grady, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces, while addressing the NAVIFOR team. “NAVIFOR is at the forefront of this effort."

Kohler assumed command of Naval Information Forces October 2014. He is credited with establishing the Navy as a leader in information warfighting within the Department of Defense.

"Our very existence as a command is due to the Navy's foresight to position information as warfare to advance Navy warfighting," Kohler said. "The Navy has instituted a more aggressive approach that harnesses the impressive talents of our information professionals and optimizes the readiness of our afloat platforms and operational shore organizations. With the standup of a Naval Information Warfighting Development Center (NIWDC) and Naval Information Warfare Training Groups (NIWTG) this past year and continuing improvements in manning, training and equipping the fleet, the Navy affirms its intentions and leadership in Information Warfare."

Commissioned as a naval intelligence officer through Aviation Officer Candidate School in 1984, Kohler has served in fleet, interagency, and combatant command leadership positions as an information warfare officer. He is the recipient of the Edwin T. Layton Leadership Award.

In his next assignment, Kohler will serve as deputy chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare (OPNAV N2N6) and the 67th director of Naval Intelligence.

Brown earned his commission in 1986 from the U.S. Naval Academy and most recently served as director, Warfare Integration for Information Warfare (OPNAV N2N6F).

Brown said he felt extraordinarily privileged to lead the NAVIFOR team during the formidable challenges ahead.

"Our focus will be ensuring delivery of relevant, consequential and value-added Information Warfare capabilities to our fleet," Brown said. "We will measure our success by the development of a highly skilled, adaptable and capable workforce, and in equipping those professionals with reliable, sustainable, and fully interoperable networks, systems, capabilities and processes.”

"Understanding that the stakes have never been higher, the NAVIFOR team must ensure that our Sailors and civilians are ready to fight and win in the global information domain,” he concluded.

NAVIFOR's mission is to provide combat-ready Information Warfare forces to operational commanders, ashore and afloat, that are forward deployable, fully trained, properly manned, capably equipped, always ready, well-maintained and combat sustainable.

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180618-N-GQ656-1042 RENO, Nev. (June 18, 2018) Phaedra Jessen, an oceanographer with Fleet Numerical Meteorological and Oceanographic Center (FNMOC), demonstrates a sensor buoy with visitors to the University of Nevada - Reno's Fleischmann Planetarium. FNMOC is one of the many units in Reno for Reno Navy Week. Navy Week programs serve as the U.S. Navy's principal outreach effort into areas of the country that lack a significant Navy presence, helping Americans understand that their Navy is deployed around the world, around the clock, ready to defend America at all times. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Christopher Hanson/Released)