Navy IT workers missing

The plane that crashed into the side of the Pentagon Tuesday has taken a toll on the Navy's information technology team. At least 11 of the 34 Navy personnel still unaccounted for are IT personnel.

The Defense Department published a list Sept. 13 of the 42 enlisted personnel and civilian contractors who are still missing in the wake of the Sept. 11 attack on the Pentagon. The list does not include job titles for everybody, but at least 11 people have IT jobs.

Those people include:

* Information Systems Technician Second Class Kris Romeo Bishundat, 23, Waldorf, Md.

* Electronics Technician Third Class Christopher Lee Burford, 23, Hubert, N.C.

* Electronics Technician Third Class Daniel Martin Caballero, 21, Houston, Texas

* Information Systems Technician First Class Johnnie Doctor Jr., 32, Jacksonville, Fla.

* Electronics Technician First Class Ronald John Hemenway, 37, Kansas City, Kan.

* Electronics Technician Second Class Brian Anthony Moss, 34, Sperry, Okla.

* Aviation Warfare Systems Operator First Class Joseph John Pycior Jr., 39, Carlstadt, N.J.

* Information Systems Technician First Class Marsha Dianah Ratchford, 34, Prichard, Ala.

* Chief Information Systems Technician Gregg Harold Smallwood, 44, Overland Park, Kan.

* Information Systems Technician Second Class Kevin Wayne Yokum, 27, Lake Charles, La.

* Chief Information Systems Technician Donald McArthur Young, 41, Roanoke, Va.

About the Author

Christopher J. Dorobek is the co-anchor of Federal News Radio’s afternoon drive program, The Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris, and the founder, publisher and editor of the DorobekInsider.com, a leading blog for the Federal IT community.

Dorobek joined Federal News Radio in 2008 with 16 years of experience covering government issues with an emphasis on government information technology. Prior to joining Federal News Radio, Dorobek was editor-in-chief of Federal Computer Week, the leading news magazine for government IT decision-makers and the flagship of the 1105 Government Information Group portfolio of publications. As editor-in-chief, Dorobek served as a member of the senior leadership team at 1105 Government Information Group, providing daily editorial direction and management for FCW magazine, FCW.com, Government Health IT and its other editorial products.

Dorobek joined FCW in 2001 as a senior reporter and assumed increasing responsibilities, becoming managing editor and executive editor before being named editor-in-chief in 2006. Prior to joining FCW, Dorobek was a technology reporter at PlanetGov.com, one of the first online community centers for current and former government employees. He also spent five years at Government Computer News, another leading industry publication, covering a variety of federal IT-related issues.

Dorobek is a frequent speaker on issues involving the government IT industry, and has appeared as a frequent contributor to NewsChannel 8’s Federal News Today program. He began his career as a reporter at the Foster’s Daily Democrat, a daily newspaper in Dover, N.H. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California. He lives in Washington, DC.


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