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AFRICOM Sailor receives honors in Cape Verde.

Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Norman Kukona, a Navy Reservist assigned to U.S. Africa Command, was recently presented with the 2nd Classe da Medalha de Servicos Relevantes (Second Class Medal for Relevant Services) by the Cape Verde minister of national defense in Praia, Cape Verde.

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Kukona received the award for his efforts in establishing a Counter-Narcotics and Maritime Security Interagency Fusion Center (CMIC) that was completed this spring in Cape Verde.

The center serves as a central location for various government agencies and offices to integrate intelligence, share information and coordinate activities that will improve maritime security.

"Armed Forces, police and intelligence communities can fuse signal [communication], human, open source and agency proprietary intelligence, into products that will help the government of Cape Verde more effectively use their limited maritime assets to combat illegal trafficking and protect resources vital to their national security," said Kukona.

Although narcotic usage is not an extensive problem in the country, Cape Verde has become a transit point for narcotics crossing the Atlantic from Latin America into West Africa and then up into Europe.

Responsible for the conception and execution of the project, Kukona worked for nearly two years with the Cape Verde government, military, civilian leadership and engineers to develop design plans for the fusion center that involved the complete refurbishment of a facility, installation of a new electrical distribution system and the installation of information technology and radio equipment.

In total, Kukona deployed sensors on seven islands, established a wide-area network that interconnects four major military facilities on three islands and installed information technology equipment in the fusion center.

Story by Air Force Staff Sergeant Amanda McCarty, assigned to U.S. Africa Command.

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Title Annotation:Shipments; United States Africa Command's Norman Kukona
Author:McCarty, Amanda
Publication:All Hands
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:6CAPE
Date:Sep 1, 2010
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