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CHIPS Articles: CIWT N1 Team: Total Force Manpower

CIWT N1 Team: Total Force Manpower
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Taylor L. Jackson, Center for Information Warfare Training Public Affairs - February 9, 2018
PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- Throughout the Center for Information Warfare Training (CIWT), the dedicated Sailors and civilian experts work tirelessly to prepare the next generation of information warriors for the fleet.

So how does CIWT maintain such a high-caliber team? It all starts with finding the right person for the right job, and CIWT's total force manpower (N1) team knows how to do just that.

N1 is where every staff member's journey at CIWT begins. They are responsible for ensuring that every position is filled, and with more than 1,000 civilian and military positions to manage, the eight-person N1 team plays a critical role in building, shaping and maintaining the CIWT workforce.

"Our biggest functions are 'faces' and 'places,'" said Wes Oliver, the N1 department head. "Once there is a valid requirement, we determine how to meet that requirement and build that position or 'place'. After we build the place, we look for the right employee, the 'face', to fill that requirement."

To find the right person for each job, N1 works closely with the Navy's officer and enlisted detailers to ensure potential military staff members meet the requirements of their position. On the civilian side of the house, applicants are carefully screened and narrowed down to the best choices for the position before an official selection is made by CIWT leadership.

"CIWT's N1 team is a core component of the entire domain," said CIWT's commanding officer, Capt. Bill Lintz. "They help build, strengthen and maintain a diverse, integrated military-civilian team comprised of the best people in the right jobs, all with a clear focus on CIWT's mission. Additionally, our N1 team has been key to the success of aligning the personal and professional goals of our workforce with the needs of the Navy and joint services, while safeguarding the welfare of our Sailors, civilians, and their families."

Beyond faces and places, N1 also takes care of the administrative requirements to maintain CIWT's workforce. They manage employee training, benefits, career management and performance management and all associated record keeping.

Thanks to the dedicated efforts of its N1 team, CIWT's military and civilian billets are manned at more than 90 percent and filled by highly qualified and dedicated staff who are able to shape the future of the Navy's information warfare community.

Additionally, N1 is key in creating a skilled workforce that leads, manages, and delivers Navy and joint force training to 22,000 students annually at four information warfare training commands, two detachments, and additional learning sites located throughout the United States and Japan.

Center for Information Warfare Training delivers trained information warfare professionals to the Navy and joint services, enabling optimal performance of information warfare across the full spectrum of military operations.

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Logo for Center for Information Warfare Training.  U.S. Navy graphic by Michele Diamond.  July 19, 2016
Logo for Center for Information Warfare Training. U.S. Navy graphic by Michele Diamond. July 19, 2016
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