CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – Marines from Marine Forces Special Operations Command were awarded the Navy-Marine Corps Spectrum Excellence Team Award for 2023.
The MARSOC Spectrum team, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Matthew Evans, electromagnetic spectrum officer, Gunnery Sgt. Gary Hohn, spectrum manager, and Chief Warrant Officer 3 Dusty Hawk, now with Marine Forces Pacific, were nominated for the award by the Deputy Commandant for Information.
Competition for the award was narrowed to one Navy team and one Marine Corps team selected out of every command across each service.
“I think the work we are doing in the joint space with different and innovative waveforms is something that will work its way to the Fleet Marine Force,” said Hohn.
The award recognizes contributions that electromagnetic spectrum management teams make to the Navy-Marine Corps mission.
“It’s exciting to see their efforts highlighted beyond just our command,” said Col. LeRon Lane, assistant chief of staff G-6, the senior communications officer for MARSOC. “The team has been consistently outwardly focused. They tackle problems and then, when they make a breakthrough, they share that with everyone across the force, strengthening those bonds between MARSOC and both the joint special operations force and the Fleet Marine Force.”
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Matthew Evans traveled to San Diego in order to receive the award on behalf of the team and recognizes the unique atmosphere that allows for innovation to occur.
“Working at MARSOC and having access to work with industry partners gives us the freedom to not only improve our current systems but also seek new solutions to expand our ability to operate in a deployed environment,” said Evans.
The sentiment was echoed by Hohn as well, “When we approach a new idea with maturity and conviction, MARSOC gives us the freedom of movement to experiment, and that’s how we get these new, innovative systems.”
This year is the second year that MARSOC has had a winner in the spectrum awards, with Hohn winning the individual award for excellence at last year’s ceremony; and the team wants to use these accomplishments to build on the foundation they already have.
“We have a lot of momentum now, winning these awards,” said Hohn. “Now when we go meet with our industry partners, they know us, they know how serious we are about innovating and advancing, and it advances that work much more.”
“We are the tip of the spear,” added Lane. “What was good enough for today, might not be good enough for tomorrow. That means innovation isn’t just encouraged, it’s critical. This team is an outstanding example of MARSOC preparing for unpredictability.”