PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- Vice Adm. Brian Brown, commander, Naval Information Forces (NAVIFOR), visited the Center for Information Warfare Training (CIWT) and Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC) Corry Station, Oct. 17.
NAVIFOR is CIWT’s requirements sponsor and their mission is to provide combat-ready information warfare forces to operational commanders, ashore and afloat, that are forward deployable, fully trained, properly manned, capably equipped, always ready, well-maintained and combat sustainable.
This was Brown’s first visit to CIWT and IWTC Corry Station since taking command in June.
During the visit, Brown met with CIWT leadership and staff, commanding officers and senior enlisted leaders of CIWT’s four major subordinate commands, and students to discuss current and future endeavors in training Sailors to support the Navy’s information warfare mission area.
Brown was candid with the group about the current state and future of information warfare while providing a top-down overview of the community.
“Information warfare is front and center in our strategies and our operations,” shared Brown. “The fleet doesn’t run without the expertise of everyone in this room. I’m proud to be a part of the evolution of it, and I’m looking forward to seeing it move forward.”
During an all-hands call, Brown also encouraged questions from the audience.
One question asked by Seaman Zachary Hansen, an IWTC Corry Station Cryptologic Technician (Collection) “A” school student, was “Do you feel your career has had an impact on America, and what could I do to have the best possible impact?”
Brown shared, “I’ve had an impact in every operation I’ve been involved in. Whether it was small or big, every success strengthens the Navy mission. Keep learning all that you can about the Navy and how every other rating impacts the information warfare community, and you’ll start to see just how important your role is in the entire operation.”
Following the all-hands call, Brown presented numerous personal coins to CIWT and IWTC Corry Station staff and civilians for their dedicated efforts supporting the training of information warriors. Afterward, he was presented an overview brief of the CIWT domain, and CIWT and IWTC Corry Station staff then provided Brown with a tour of the school’s Joint Cyber Analysis Course to demonstrate the portfolio of training developed and delivered within the CIWT domain.
CIWT’s commanding officer, Capt. Nick Andrews, expressed his gratitude for Brown’s visit, and for allowing time to meet and speak directly with CIWT domain Sailors and civilians.
"We genuinely appreciate Vice Admiral Brown's interest in directly observing and discussing our training of the next generation of information warriors,” said Andrews. “It allows us an opportunity to show the breadth and scope of who we are and what we do, our challenges, our innovation, and to witness the commitment and passion of our instructors and staff in forging students into highly skilled, operational, and combat-ready warfighters.”
As the Navy’s information warfare training entity, CIWT provides more than 200 courses of instruction across 18 learning sites to Sailors and joint service students from new accession students to senior personnel requiring follow-on training.
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.
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