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Press Release | Nov. 4, 2004

NSA Announces Winners of the Frank B. Rowlett Awards for Information Assurance Achievement

The National Security Agency announced the winners of the prestigious Frank B. Rowlett Awards for Information Assurance at a ceremony at Fort Meade on 4 November 2004. NSA established the Frank B. Rowlett Awards in 1989 to recognize outstanding excellence in Information Assurance. Rowlett was a distinguished cryptologic pioneer at NSA.

LTC Timothy Buennemeyer, US Army, was honored with the 2003 Rowlett Individual Excellence Award for his leadership of United States Pacific Command's (PACOM's) Computer Network Defense Team. LTC Buennemeyer's accomplishments included successfully establishing PACOM's Computer Network Vulnerability Team, leading the team that closed over 4,500 system patches within 6 months without loss of mission capabilities, and successfully coordinating the vital system certification and accreditation process that approved over 130 mission critical information systems.

The Information Assurance Branch, C4 Systems Directorate, United States Transportation Command received the 2003 Rowlett Organizational Excellence Award for their successful joint information assurance activities to advance security capabilities, enhance operational readiness and establish new standards for coordination and analysis.

These awards are given annually to the individual and organization recognized as making the most significant contribution to improving national information systems security, operational information assurance readiness, or the defensive information operations posture of the United States.

The Director, National Security Agency, is designated as the National Manager for all national security information systems throughout the U.S. Government. National security systems are those telecommunications and information systems operated by the U.S. Government, its contractors, or agents, that contain classified information or that involve intelligence or cryptologic activities related to national security, systems for command and control of military forces, equipment that is an integral part of a weapon or weapon system, or systems that are critical to the direct fulfillment of military or intelligence missions.

For more information please contact NSA Public Affairs at 301-688-6524 or by emailing For more information on Frank B. Rowlett, please see NSA's Hall of Honor Website at /about/cryptologic-heritage/center-cryptologic-history/hall-of-honor/1999/frowlett.shtml.