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Two sailors from Bahrain were recently recognized for their planning and deployment of a maritime command and control network with their selection as two of the 2005 Copernicus Award recipients.

The award recognized 29 Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard military and civilian personnel who significantly contributed to naval warfare in the areas of command, control, communications, computers and intelligence; information systems; or information warfare.

It is co-sponsored by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association and U.S. Naval Institute.

Lt. Cmdr. James Darenkamp, a coalition communications officer with the Combined Forces Maritime Component Commander in Bahrain, and Navy reservist Petty Officer 3rd Class Paul Berkley, who served as network administrator for CFMCC until his death recently, were recognized for, among other things, their planning and deployment of the Coalition Enterprise Network Information Exchange System to various countries, including Kuwait, Pakistan, Oman and Egypt.

CENTRIXS, according to their award nominations, had a “dramatic and positive effect” in increasing command and control between the 16 navies supporting various operations in the global war on terrorism.

Berkley was killed in North Carolina on Dec. 18; the Navy message announcing the winners was released three days earlier.

The awards are named after 16th-century astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, who theorized that the Earth, rather than being at the center of the universe, orbited around the sun with the other planets.

The Polish astronomer’s “radical” thinking originally earned him scorn, but eventually became the accepted explanation of how the solar system works.

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