News Stories
Naval Information Forces (NAVIFOR)
About InfoDomain News

InfoDomain is the news source for Naval Information Forces that promotes the advancement of information warfare (IW) through an open exchange of better practices, tactics, as well as current and future strategies to meet the global challenges of today's information community.

Articles for publication in InfoDomain should be submitted through the appropriate command representative. Security and policy review must be completed by commands submitting content before articles are considered for publication.

Address all correspondence to:
Editor-in-Chief, InfoDomain
NAVIFOR Public Affairs Office


NCTAMS LANT DEFY Program Receives Two Awards

by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Rafael Martie
29 October 2018

Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Atlantic's (NCTAMS LANT) Drug Education For Youth (DEFY) won the 28th annual Secretary of Defense Community Drug Awareness Award and the 2018 Secretary of Defense Fulcrum Shield Award at the Hall of Heroes in the Pentagon Oct. 18.

This is the first time a DEFY Program has won both awards at the same time. Also, a few DEFY youth participants were in attendance, another first!

The awards were presented at the 2018 Department of Defense Red Ribbon Week Ceremony. During the event, the 28th Annual Secretary of Defense Community Drug Awareness Awards were presented to units and installations within each of the military services, the National Guard Bureau, and Defense Agencies. The award was established in 1990 in an effort to promote community drug awareness efforts within the Department of Defense community. The Fulcrum Shield Award was established to recognize the efforts of independent military-affiliated youth organizations that have successfully assisted in articulating the anti-drug message through their community. 

 “No one starts off with a goal of abuse or addiction,” said Executive Director, Office of Force Resiliency Dr. Elizabeth P. Van Winkle, holding a doctorate in Applied Experimental Psychology. “They often start by just wanting relief and they take one step down the path they often cannot easily turn back from. I would like to personally congratulate each of the 2018 winners and offer my heartfelt appreciation for all that you do. You should be extremely proud of all you have accomplished. Continue to innovate and lead. You are indeed fighting a force bigger than all of us. Keep fighting and in doing so, you keep those members off the path to addiction. Know you are making a difference in ways you don’t even realize.”

DEFY delivers year-long leadership and life skills training for military and Department of Defense civilian children ages 9-12 and teaches team-building, conflict resolution, age appropriate goal-setting, and increasing self-confidence.

The awards were received by Dr. Sharon Shaw, recently earned her doctorate in Organizational Leadership with Specialization in Information Systems Technology and currently works at Naval Information Forces. DEFY NCTAMS is headed by Shaw, who is responsible for ensuring that all activities are planned prior to the execution of Phase 1 and Phase 2. Having been involved in the program for 18 years, Shaw is also responsible for recruiting, selecting, and training the staff each year. She establishes and maintains support and links with community organizations to recruit youth and mentors, as well as other resources that enhance DEFY.

“It was an honor to represent DEFY and accept the awards on their behalf, but it is truly a team effort,” said Shaw. “The mentors, junior staff members, youth, their parents, and the support from the chain of commands is why we are here today. Without them, the program would not be successful.”

The DEFY program is broken down into two phases throughout the year. The first phase is structured to provide a focused classroom-learning environment that will teach leadership, team-building, conflict resolution, goal-setting, and increase self-confidence. Although the classroom is the focus, leadership camps are structured to provide a fun environment that allows quality-training time, while still permitting a relaxed but organized and memorable experience.    

 The second phase is a 10-month mentoring program during the school year, in which DEFY youth are matched with an adult mentor team. Mentoring events are built around a curriculum module and are structured to provide reinforcement of skills, techniques, and procedures taught in the leadership camp.

“It was an educational year attending all the classes to include the camp,” said one of the children participating in the DEFY program. “It all paid off in the end with the award and a cool trip to the Pentagon.”

For more information on NAVIFOR, visit the command's web site at, our Navy News Web page at or Facebook page at



Career  |  |  Navy FOIA  |  DoD Accessibility/Section 508  |  No Fear Act  |  Open Government  |  Plain Writing Act  | 
Veterans Crisis Line  |  DoD Safe Helpline  |  Navy SAPR  |  Family Advocacy Program  |  National Domestic Violence Hotline 
Suicide Prevention   |  NCIS Tips  |  Privacy Policy  |  Contact US
Naval Information Forces     |     115 Lake View Parkway     |     Suffolk, VA 23435
Official U.S. Navy Website