PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Center for Information Warfare Training’s (CIWT) training support services, or N9 directorate, is pivotal in preparing Sailors for the Navy the nation needs.
The CIWT N9 team, headquartered at Naval Air Station Pensacola Corry Station, Pensacola, Florida, is comprised of approximately 80 personnel that exceed a 1000 combined years of government, military and/or contractor experience. The team is led by Mic O'Connell, the N9 directorate, who reports to CIWT’s executive director on matters relating to support services affecting the delivery of training throughout the entire CIWT domain.
Recently, the team was instrumental in CIWT winning Naval Education and Training Command's overall 2017 Training Excellence White "T" award for the best learning center in the Navy, directly contributing to six of the nine categories won by CIWT. Additionally, the team –received a perfect score of zero deficiencies on their Government Commercial Procurement Card Procurement Performance Management Assessment Program inspection. Last but not least, the team received an overall score of excellent on their recent Command Cyber Readiness Inspection visit.
“I’m very proud of my entire team, and how their dedicated efforts sustain and propel the entire CIWT domain like a well-oiled machine,” said O'Connell. “Although there’s an incredible amount of pressure and responsibility to balance daily requirements, the N9 team continuously delivers impeccable results.”
Overall, the N9 team’s efforts directly impact a daily student enrollment average of 3,900; management and delivery of Navy and joint force training to 22,000 students annually; 1,200 military, civilian and contracted staff members; Navy Credentialing Opportunities On-Line; Language, Regional Expertise, and Culture directorate; and over 200 courses offered at four information warfare training commands, two detachments, and additional learning sites located throughout the United States and Japan.
CIWT’s N9 team consists of eight divisions which include Material Program Management and Analyst (N91); Safety (N91S); Purchasing/Supply/Travel (N92); Contracting (N93); Facilities (N94); Technical Network Information Assurance (N95); Navy Marine Corps Intranet or NMCI (N96); and Training Network Maintenance and Engineering (N97).
Some of the team’s top CIWT domain responsibilities and statistics include coordinating a full range of facility engineering activities, technical support, and services for approximately 800,000 square feet of top secret, secret and unclassified specialized training facilities in 17 locations worldwide; providing technical support for the installation, maintenance and lifecycle of technical training equipment, training support equipment, training devices and training unique equipment; planning and coordinating facility and infrastructure required to support the training mission; providing administration for all contracts, administering the annual awarding of over 40 contracts totaling over $30 million; providing short and long term technology solutions; administers Government Credit Card Program, executing over 1000 purchases annually totaling over $10 million; providing supply services for 90 percent of the domain; management of all domain property; management of domain Electronic Classroom Program; administering the domain’s travel program, reviewing and processing over 1000 travel events in annually; providing support for over 600 NMCI workstations for CIWT, Information Warfare Training Command Corry Station, Personal and Professional Development Learning Site, Corry Station Air Force, Army, and Coast Guard tenant commands; and completing over 15,000 annual trouble tickets throughout the domain.
“Our N9 team is comprised of some of the most dedicated professionals I’ve had the pleasure to serve alongside,” said Capt. Bill Lintz, CIWT’s commanding officer. “No matter the situation or challenge, they always exceed expectations providing the required resources and services needed to train and deliver information warfare warfighters to the fleet.”
As demonstrated through recent inspection scores and daily results, there’s no question CIWT’s N9 team is comprised of an all-star cast of true professionals, and their dedicated efforts are paramount in preparing information warfare Sailors for the Navy the nation needs.
CIWT is one of the largest of the NETC learning centers with four schoolhouse commands, two detachments, and training sites throughout the United States and Japan. Training 22,000 students every year, CIWT delivers trained information warfare professionals to the Navy and joint services, enabling optimal performance of information warfare across the full spectrum of military operations. CIWT also offers more than 200 courses for cryptologic technicians, intelligence specialists, information systems technicians, electronics technicians and officers in the information warfare community.
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