EADS Civilians Win Prestigious National Guard Bureau Awards
By Tim Jones, EADS
/ Published December 07, 2015
Rome, NY -- Two civilian employees assigned to the Eastern Air Defense Sector recently received cyberspace operations awards from the National Guard Bureau's Command, Control, Communications and Computer Systems directorate.
Sonepith Keoviengsamay of Rome, a cybersecurity systems analyst who has worked at EADS for five years, won the Gen. John P. Jumper Award for excellence in warfighting integration in the civilian category. Joe Puccio, also of Rome, was named the ANG's Information Dominance Program's Outstanding Civilian in the GS 9-11 pay grades. Puccio has worked at the Rome facility for four years.
"Being acknowledged as the best in your field in an organization as large as the Air National Guard is a remarkable accomplishment," said Col. Michael J. Norton, EADS Commander. "These awards recognize the impressive but often unnoticed work that Mr. Keoviengsamay and Mr. Puccio perform daily to help protect our cyber network and communications systems, which play a critical role in everything we do here at EADS."
Keoviengsamay and Puccio will now go on to the U.S. Air Force's Air Combat Command cyberspace competition.
The Eastern Air Defense Sector is a North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) headquarters unit located at Griffiss Business and Technology Park in Rome. Responsible for the air defense of the eastern United States, EADS is composed of New York Air National Guardsmen from the 224th Air Defense Group, a Canadian Forces detachment, Army, Navy and Coast Guard liaison officers, and federal civilians.