DVIDS – News – NIWC Atlantic Program Director Wins NRO Director’s Circle Award

CHARLESTON, South Carolina – A Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Atlantic Program Manager recently received the Director’s Circle Award from the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).

Albert “Terrance” Garrick, a member of NIWC Atlantic’s Joint Force Mission Systems (JFMS) team, received the 2021 NRO Director’s Circle Award at the NRO Headquarters in Chantilly, Va., April 19.

Established in 1998, the Director’s Circle Award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions that have had an impact across the NRO and whose outstanding performance reflects the values ​​and goals of the organization. This year, only around 1.5% of eligible staff were selected for this award.

Garrick, who is the program manager for the Tactical Defense Space Reconnaissance (TacDSR) program and an NRO liaison, is the first NIWC Atlantic employee in the 62-year history of the NRO Director’s Circle Award to receive this price.

Garrick said he was honored and delighted with this official recognition.

“I feel blessed and validated that my hard work and commitment as a Senior Program Manager within the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community (IC) has not gone unnoticed and that I am truly making a contribution and impact to our armed forces invaluable,” Garrick said.

The National Reconnaissance Office protects the security of the United States, its citizens, and its allies through space intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities.

As TacDSR program manager, Garrick successfully closed out the congressional-mandated NRO military intelligence program, which developed, matured, and integrated technologies that facilitated the delivery of intelligence analysis to combatants in the field. The TacDSR program has supported 18 services, combatant commands and partner agencies.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Garrick also served as the Acting Chief of the NRO’s Mission Integration Directorate (MID) Operations Support Group, taking on the additional responsibilities of overseeing several programs and contracts. worth hundreds of millions of dollars that provided critical capabilities to the NRO, DoD and IC mission partners.

Garrick oversaw a multi-million dollar NRO/MID program that solicits innovative programs for our nation’s fighters. Under Garrick’s leadership, these programs provided NRO overhead in combat platforms that successfully mastered sensor-gunner data streams, improved ship tracking, geolocation data, all-weather intelligence and tracking unmanned aerial systems.

“This award was well deserved,” said Jason Session, Chief Engineer for NIWC Atlantic’s Special Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Exploitation (SRSE) Division and Principal Engineer for NIWC Atlantic’s NRO team. “Terrance’s hard work and dedication to the mission and to our NIWC team is greatly appreciated. Thank you Terrance for everything you do and how you do it!”

Garrick thanked his team members for the successes that earned him this award.

“Two words that describe how my team members have helped me accomplish this mission and define our success are ‘teamwork’ and ‘together,'” Garrick said. “Teamwork is the key to our daily accomplishments, as we all need to unite our collective talents, perspectives, expertise and experience. Coming “together” is what I believe is the beginning of our success. Staying together is progress and working together is the success of all endeavours.

Garrick offered special thanks to his leaders and mentors for their support.

“My supervisors and mentors have consistently provided me with great guidance and wisdom throughout my 38 years of combined military and government civilian service,” Garrick said. “They have always encouraged me to demonstrate integrity, self-confidence and a strong work ethic with the gut courage to complete every task or assignment given to me.”


As part of Naval Information Warfare Systems Command, formerly known as Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SPAWAR), NIWC Atlantic provides systems engineering and acquisition to deliver information warfare capabilities to the warfighter naval, joint, and domestic through the acquisition, development, integration, production, testing, deployment, and sustainment of interoperable command, control, communications, computing, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities , cybersecurity and information technology.

Date taken: 08.01.2022
Date posted: 08.01.2022 13:17
Story ID: 426250
Location: SC, United States

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