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CHIPS Articles: IWTC Corry Station Overhauls SLQ-32 Course, Saves Navy Money

IWTC Corry Station Overhauls SLQ-32 Course, Saves Navy Money
By Center for Information Warfare Training - March 2, 2018
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC) Corry Station recently completed a major revision to its AN/SLQ-32(V)3 Maintenance Course.

The revision to the course combined the SLQ-32(V)3 and SLQ-32(V)4 courses of instruction into one nine-week course. The course teaches first accession Sailors, fleet returnees, and civilians how to maintain and trouble shoot the SLQ-32(V)3 and AN/SLQ-32(V)4 electronic warfare suites.

During the revision process, instructors and the course supervisor provided 2,356 corrections to 47 presentations, 36 tests, two trainee guides and one instructor guide.

“The (V)4 course of instruction contained components that were no longer used in the system,” said Cryptologic Technician (Technical) 1st Class John Payne, the course supervisor. “By combining these two courses of instruction we more than double the amount of (V)4 technicians going out to the fleet and saving the Navy money in the process.”

In the updated course, Sailors spend 240 hours in the lab environment running diagnostic tests, identifying faults and correcting faults within the systems. This type of training gives these future technicians the hands-on experience that prepares them to correct the systems in the fleet.

“The courses for SLQ-32(V)3 and (V) 4 were long overdue for an overhaul and for the information to be streamlined,” said Cryptologic Technician (Technical) 1st Class James Stockhausen, a course instructor. “The new curriculum allows for a smoother flow of instruction, understanding and easier transition for the students to properly demonstrate needed techniques and comprehension of the systems in regards to troubleshooting and theory on a functional SLQ-32(V) system.”

Sailors who come through the SLQ-32(V)3/(V)4 courses go through 39 weeks of training in the cryptologic technician (technical) “A” school and various “C” schools before attending the nine-week course. Many trainees feel that this course of instruction is more challenging than some of the prior classes they have attended.

“I believe this course is very challenging,” said Cryptologic Technician (Technical) 2nd Class Jeremy Woods. “However, I am learning a lot about the system. All of my instructors are very knowledgeable on the material and help us with any questions we have.”

Instructors stress to trainees the importance of staying on top of maintaining their systems in the fleet. Many instructors who receive orders to IWTC Corry Station did so because they wanted to increase the knowledge of those Sailors preparing to enter an operational environment.

“I took these orders to improve deficiencies in base knowledge I noticed in the fleet,” said Cryptologic Technician (Technical) 1st Class Jared Vance. “The new (V)3/(V)4 merger course corrected the vast majority of what I had seen. I look forward to instructing new students under this course.”

Graduates earn designation as a SLQ-32(V)3/4 technician as well as three credit hours in electronic communications in the lower-division baccalaureate/associate degree category.

Information Warfare Training Command Corry Station, as part of the Center for Information Warfare Training, provides a continuum of training to Navy and joint service personnel that prepares them to conduct information warfare across the full spectrum of military operations.

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