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Cryptologic Technicians Are Leading the Way

By Vice Adm. Jan E. Tighe
Commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/Commander, U.S. 10thFleet

Today, five of the Navy’s finest Sailors were honored during the 2013 Navy Shore Sailor of the Year Ceremony held at the Pentagon.  Each one of these outstanding Sailors earned the right to be considered for the esteemed title of Shore Sailor of the Year and each exemplifies the Navy’s Core Values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment.

Two of the five Sailors from this remarkable group of finalists share the Cryptologic Technician Collection or CTR rating – CTRs are experts in intercepting signals.  The two nominees are:

CTR1(IDW/SW/AW) James R. Lee, Jr., nominated by the Center for Information Dominance Detachment San Diego and currently with Navy Special Warfare Command and

CTR1(IDW/SW) Patricia H. Madigan, Navy Information Operations Command  (NIOC) Hawaii.  NIOC Hawaii is a subordinate command of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and comprises Task Force 1070 of the U.S. 10th Fleet.

I had the distinct pleasure of meeting both CTR1 Lee and CTR1 Madigan today during the ceremony.  They well represent the Navy and CT community!


Their nominations also speak volumes about their personal commitment to excellence and the outstanding professionals who make up the U.S. Navy’s Tenth Fleet team and Information Dominance Corps.

Moreover, it is an honor to note that CTR1 Madigan was selected as the 2013 Shore Sailor of the Year!

CTR1 Madigan is an outstanding leader who will continue to serve our Navy and country very well, and with even greater responsibility, as she will be meritoriously promoted to Chief (E7) during a ceremony on May 22 at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, DC.

So that you too may learn a bit more about Chief-Select Madigan, following is her biography:

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CTR1(IDW/SW) Patricia H. Madigan
Navy Information Operations Command

Shortly after graduating from high school, she reported to Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes for Basic Training. Upon completion, she reported to NTTC Corry Station for CTR “A” school. Her first tour of duty was NSGAMenwith Hill, in Harrogate England. Follow-on tours included NSGAKunia, USS Normandy (CG 60), USS Porter (DDG 78), and Center for Information Dominance Learning Site San Diego.

In July 2011, Petty Officer Madigan reported to NIOC Hawaii and immediately accepted individual augmentation orders to Afghanistan where she spent 11 months as the officer in charge of a tactical support operations unit. Upon returning to NIOC Hawaii in November 2012, she assumed the duties as NCOIC to a joint service operational branch as well asdepartment leading petty officer.

Petty Officer Madigan’s academic achievements include an associates of Arts in humanities from Coastline Community College, and both an associates of Science in management and a bachelor of science in diplomacy and military studies from Hawaii Pacific University.

Petty Officer Madigan’s personal awards include Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards). She is a master training specialist, and dual warfare qualified with enlisted Information Dominance warfare specialist andenlisted surface warfare specialist designators.

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As additional background from Navy.com about CTRs:

“… their primary responsibility is to collect, analyze, and report on communication signals using computers, specialized computer-assisted communications equipment, video display terminals and electronic/magnetic tape recorders.    CTRs are also assigned duties as fusion analysts – a role that involves taking intelligence data from multiple sources, effectively ‘piecing together the puzzle,’ and generating a coherent intelligence product report to be used by decision makers.”

If you are interested in learning more about CTRs and other Information Dominance Corps jobs in the U.S. Navy, click here:  https://www.navy.com/careers/information-and-technology/cryptology.html


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