by Tech. Sgt. Jerome S. Tayborn
15th Wing Public Affairs
3/26/2013 - JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii -- A
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam first-term Airman was recently
recognized as the Air Force Information Dominance Outstanding Cyber
Surety Airman of the Year.
The top-level Air Force award recognizes Air Force officers, enlisted
members, civilian employees, teams and units for superior performance
while providing information dominance and cyberspace operations to the
Air Force and Department of Defense missions and operations.
"I feel extremely honored to be recognized for my work that I have done
and to show people what I am able to accomplish," said Senior Airman
Andrew New, an information assurance officer for the 692nd Intelligence
Surveillance Reconnaissance Group.
As the Information Assurance Officer, New directed Computer Security
programs for three wings and 38 tenant organizations, where he
overhauled their audit processes and implemented new training and
inspection programs. He also led 12 COMSEC Staff Assistance Visits (SAV)
which resulted in resolving 36 discrepancies.
Additionally, New established Information Assurance Officers monthly and
quarterly checks, which helped to diffuse security risks and instill
safeguards for more than 13,000 users. He also trained and certified 95
IAO's, where he provided stringent security guidance for 2,500 network
systems and reducing their incident by 25 percent.
"My advice for anyone who is trying to be awarded an AF-level award is
to worry about doing a good job at work, not striving to win awards,"
New said. "People notice good work when it is done. I love my job and
the people I work with which makes me strive to give 100 percent one day
at a time. And along with that comes awards and recognition."
New didn't receive top honors his first time up for the award yet, he
continued to let his superior duty performance speak for itself.
"I didn't win the first time I went up for this award and I let that
serve as a motivator for next year's award to do my best so I could
receive the opportunity to compete again. The result of that was winning
my command's Information Dominance Outstanding Cyber Surety Airman of
the Year two years in a row and then winning at the AF level," said New.
According to Master Sgt. Nicholas Horton, 1st Special Operations Command
Squadron, Emission Security (EMSEC) manager and New's former
supervisor, New was always a reliable Airmen. "We were very impressed
with his consistent ability to overcome obstacles in a wing position. He
exceeded all expectations every time we handed him a tough situation,"
"In fact, he constantly was reminding others of things that needed to be
done when there was a slow day in the office, just to help keep us
ahead of the game. His other supervisors and I really never had to come
to him and ask him to find something to do. I could easily see him
progressing as a future chief master sergeant. He is already off to a
great start," said Horton.