Postponement and a reduction to the numbers of attendees due to COVID-19 did not diminish the excitement and enthusiasm displayed during the inaugural Marine Corps Association & Foundation (MCA&F) Information Awards Dinner held on 1 October 2020 at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, Alexandria, Virginia. This annual event celebrated personnel and units throughout the Marine Corps Information Environment Enterprise and provided the opportunity to recognize the professional accomplishments of the top performing Marines, civilians, and units from the previous year.
Troika Solutions was proud to participate in this inaugural celebration, showcasing the best and brightest the Corps has to offer from the Command, Control, Communications, and Computers (C4); Intelligence; and Operations in the Information Environment (Psychological Operations, Information Operations, Cyberspace Operations, Space Operations, Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations, Civil Affairs) occupations. Administered by the Deputy Commandant for Information, the awards represented the stellar accomplishments, innovation, and leadership displayed by personnel and organizations across the Marine Corps in their efforts to advance the Corps’ ability to compete and win in a highly contested Information Environment. Troika Solutions partnered with the Brigadier General John R. Thomas Charitable Trust to sponsor the 2019 PFC Herbert A. Littleton Staff Non-Commissioned Officer (SNCO) Award for Electronic Maintenance Excellence.
The 2019 award was presented to Gunnery Sergeant Pamela Rivera in recognition of her outstanding contributions and exhibited technical proficiency during her time with Task Force 51 / 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Marine Corps Forces Central Command, Bahrain.
After an introduction from Lieutenant General Lori E. Reynolds (Deputy Commandant for Information), Lieutenant General Eric Smith (Deputy Commandant for Combat Development and Integration) provided the keynote address. His comments were exceptionally insightful and well received as he stated, “this community has a lot to be proud of...and (this community) is ‘dead-center’ in the middle of Force Design.” He went on to discuss the value that Operations in the Information Environment brings to the Marine Corps, stating that “the threat is real” and that the information community “delivers credible lethality, daily and globally.”
Representing the Troika Solutions team, Mr. Scott Uchytil was extremely excited to participate in recognizing Gunnery Sergeant Rivera for her outstanding contributions to her unit and the greater Marine Corps. Speaking after the ceremony, Mr. Uchytil commented that, “having the opportunity to recognize the outstanding achievements of Marines like GySgt Rivera is one of the many reasons I enjoy attending this annual event. It is a humbling experience being in the room with these outstanding professionals and the senior leadership from the Corps and industry...just a fantastic night all around!”
Pictured in the photo (left to right) are Lieutenant General William Faulkner, USMC (Ret.) (President and CEO of MCA&F); Lieutenant General Eric Smith (Deputy Commandant for Combat Development and Integration); Gunnery Sergeant Pamela Rivera; Lieutenant General Lori E. Reynolds (Deputy Commandant for Information); Brigadier General John Thomas, USMC (Ret.); and Lieutenant Colonel Scott Uchytil, USMC (Ret.) (Troika Solutions Program Manager)