PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) — Under Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly received a firsthand look at training offered by Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) and visited two naval aviation training commands during a visit to Pensacola, Florida May 10.
Modly has initiated a clean-sheet review of the Department of the Navy's approach to education across the Navy and Marine Corps. He is working to instill a learning culture with his "Education for Seapower" initiative investing in knowledge and creating a force that thirsts for it. While rapid technological advances are driving the basic requirements for this mandate, knowledge is not purely defined by technical competence, and the department must create a culture that is committed to learning as a lifelong process and a lifelong passion for knowledge.
As an overview to where much of Navy training begins, NETC staff kicked off the morning by providing Modly with an update on the latest force development approaches that take recruits from "street-to-fleet" and transforms civilians into highly skilled, operational, and combat-ready warfighters at 236 learning sites around the world.
"This is a significant part of our Manpower, Personnel, Training, and Education (MPT & E) efforts for Sailor 2025 as we build and manage the talented Sailors required for the Navy the nation needs," said Rear Adm. John Nowell, director, Military Personnel Plans and Policy (N13), who accompanied Modly. "We all know that our greatest advantage over any competitor is our people. There is so much going on behind the scenes every day as we work toward providing Sailors the right training at the right time throughout the continuum of their careers."
Visiting some of the training going on in Pensacola gave Modly examples of innovation and current instructional methods at NETC's naval aviation maintenance and information warfare community schoolhouses.
As part of Sailor 2025, Ready, Relevant Learning will leverage training technology that ranges from simple visual demonstration tools, such as YouTube-like videos, to more complex, immersive simulators and virtual trainers.
After a walk-through of traditional metal fabrication and engine labs and a hangar for aviation ordnance training at Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC), one of the highlights of the visit was a demonstration of the Multipurpose Reconfigurable Training System 3D® (MRTS 3D®) simulator. MRTS 3D® is an affordable, versatile and flexible, flat panel touch-screen gaming technology system that gives students multiple opportunities to virtually perform tasks.
At NATTC, the technology is designed to provide initial accession aviation maintenance personnel with virtual experience on a Mobile Electric Power Plant, such as manipulating switches and selecting tools for the job before them. MRTS 3D® is also being used to train on submarine radio rooms, Virginia-class attack submarine torpedo rooms, and emergency diesel generators.
Modly also visited the Center for Information Warfare Training, where leaders discussed how they approach keeping up with technology advances in such a dynamically evolving warfare area. Afterward, Information Warfare Training Command Corry Station staff led Modly through a tour of the Joint Cyber Analysis Course, which trains Navy cryptologic technician (networks) personnel and other armed services personnel to perform technical network analysis in the functional areas of cyberspace operations.
A stop at the AN/SLQ-32(V)6 lab showed Modly how cryptologic technician technical students, both new accession Sailors and seasoned fleet returnees, are prepared to operate the latest version of the shipboard AN/SLQ-32. This module of the electronic warfare system represented a significant technology change from the previous versions, requiring a new course to prepare Sailors with computer networking skills and the theory and function of the system.
After NETC's tour, Modly visited the Naval School of Aviation Safety, which educates aviation officers on conducting aggressive mishap prevention programs, and Training Air Wing (CTW) 6.
Responsible for all Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA) Naval Flight Officer (NFO) training and production, CTW-6 increases efficiencies through the reduction of aircraft type model series while taking advantage of new training technologies and simulation capabilities for the Naval Flight Officer Training System (NFOTS) program. The program uses the latest in military training aircraft and high-fidelity ground-based training systems, including the Operational Flight Trainer capable of simulating any flight profile or maneuver required by the training syllabus and the Multi-Crew Simulator, which features the latest in high-fidelity virtual live constructive simulation.
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