VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- The deputy commander for the Joint Force Headquarters-Department of Defense Information Networks (JFHQ-DODIN) visited Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC) Virginia Beach to speak with staff and students, June 25.
In her opening remarks, Rear Adm. Kathleen Creighton said, "It's a pleasure to have the opportunity to talk to future leaders in our Navy."
Creighton expanded upon her experience at JFHQ-DODIN, how DODIN encompasses all networks of every branch of the military, and the requirements to be a joint staff officer. She also emphasized the importance of defensive cyberspace as a prime opportunity for career growth in the Navy and for joint assignments.
She answered students' questions on to prepare and be successful in the information warfare community, the future of cyber warfare, information professional career path, future of the warrant officer community and expectations within the information warfare community.
On the discussion of how to prepare and be successful in the information warfare community, Creighton said, "Think about your network of people you trust, mentors or those you have served with. Be willing to serve around the globe in tough jobs. I would suggest taking the path that creates the most balance. Everyone's path to success is different."
Additionally, Creighton conveyed a few career "pearls" she has learned during her career:
1) Career success is a team sport.
2) Make informed career decisions, and then own the consequences.
3) Be where the decisions get made.
4) Performance in milestone and command billets is what gets you promoted.
5) Take care of yourself and your family.
6) You're a "1 percenter."
To conclude, Creighton said, "Own your decisions, and accept the consequences that come with them. Take care of yourself and your family; no one will do that for you."
In discussion with the staff, Cmdr. Andrew Boyden, commanding officer for IWTC Virginia Beach, provided Creighton an overview of the command's mission, vision, tenets, and course curriculum.
"My personal thanks to Rear Admiral Creighton for taking the time out of her busy schedule to speak with our staff and students," said Boyden. "Exposure to her leadership and mentorship is a great opportunity for the next generation of leaders.
IWTC Virginia Beach currently offers 65 courses of instruction in information technology, cryptology, and intelligence with an instructor and support staff of 280 military, civilian, and contract members who train over 6,400 students every year at five training sites in the Hampton Roads area. It is one of four school houses for Center for Information Warfare Training and also oversees learning sites at Jacksonville and Mayport, Florida; Kings Bay, Georgia; and Groton, Connecticut to continue aligning IW community training.
JFHQ-DODIN is a component-command of U.S. Cyber Command and has the global command and control (C2) mission for DODIN operations and Defensive Cyberspace Operations Internal Defensive Measures. This involves proactively defending the DODIN from threats and intrusions through C2 over all DoD components including the 10 combatant commands, 5 service cyber components (including the U.S. Coast Guard), and 28 agencies and fields activities.
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