Reserve U.S. Navy Chief Intelligence Specialist Brent Dufault recently received the 2009 National Military Intelligence Association Vice Admiral Rufus L. Taylor Navy Reserve Intelligence Award for the innovative leadership he provided while serving with U.S. Strategic Command's Reserve Intel Unit 0118.
The Admiral Taylor Award is presented to just two people annually – one active duty officer or enlisted member, or one civilian, and one reserve officer or enlisted member – who exemplify excellence and exceptional dedication to duty within the Navy intelligence community.
While carrying multiple leadership and training roles within USSTRATCOM's Global Analysis Center, Dufault recognized an active duty shortfall within a cyber realm project and, upon coordination, mentored and trained two officers and five enlisted personnel to surge for the critical mission. His guidance and forethought led to the successful completion of the project ahead of schedule.
"I am honored that my chain of command would consider me for this award and even more honored to be chosen," said Dufault. "But ultimately it's a matter of doing your job. You recognize a need and help fill it. In this case the team really pulled together. "
Although the team can be credited for assisting the project, their inception and the training they received is credited to Dufault.
"He has come up with very innovative ways of using our reservists to help USSTRATCOM and always in a way that benefits everyone," said U.S. Navy Capt. Linda Knight, Unit 0118 operations officer. "He is a warm and enthusiastic person and that comes through in his leadership style, and it helps other unit members enjoy being here. "
Dufault was nominated first for this award in the U.S. Navy Mid-West Region where he was selected and forwarded for competition at the national level.