VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – A combined 44 intelligence and information professional officers graduated from the 20-week Naval Intelligence Officer Basic Course (NIOBC) and Information Professionals Basic Course (IPBC), respectively, at Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC) Virginia Beach, Nov. 21.
The graduation began with opening remarks from the IWTC Virginia Beach Commanding Officer Cmdr. Andrew Boyden. “I am proud of all of you for what you have done, but more importantly for what you are going to do in the future,” shared Boyden. “There’s a lot more work to do, but you are ready. Best of luck to all of you!”
The graduation guest speaker, Capt. Jeffrey Jakuboski, U.S. Fleet Forces Command director of intelligence and information warfare said, “I am truly honored to be here and share some words of wisdom. I have some important things I would like to share with you that I wish I would have had 34 years ago. First is be ready; be ready all the time; be flexible; be present; and be engaged. Build relationships; all the intelligence and information professionals I have been stationed with in the past are now peers. Now we network to understand and mitigate the risk and current threats. You will all see each other and you need to support each other, so foster those relationships they will be important over time. I can share a number of stories from my incredible journey, it’s all about the relationships you develop, the energy you bring to the job, the execution of the mission, and the enthusiasm you bring with a level of intensity. I will leave you with this, I can’t be more proud of all of you and more importantly what you are going to do going forward. Fair winds and following seas. Thank you for joining the ranks of the information warfare community!”
Over the 20 weeks of training, NIOBC provides new accession and lateral transfer officers the knowledge and skills to perform as first tour intelligence officers in operational fleet assignments. Students receive training on security and intelligence organizations; all source fusion; imagery interpretation; operational intelligence fundamentals; as well as other concepts they will encounter in the fleet.
Ens. Sean Roberts received the honor graduate award for the NIOBC class. This award recognizes superior academic achievement and is presented in the honor of Rear Adm. Donald “Mac” Showers.
“I feel the course was very helpful and productive, especially as a new naval officer,” said Roberts. “I am excited to put all the tools and skills I have learned over these last 20 weeks to practice in the fleet.”
During the 20 weeks of training during IPBC, future information professional officers work through rigorous coursework to include cyber security; communications, command, control, communications, computers, cyber and intelligence (C5I); network and spectrum management; expeditionary operations; among many other topics that will prepare them to support fleet operations.
Ens. Ashton Picek received the honor graduate award for the IPBC class for his highly motivated efforts towards academics and commendatory involvement within the course.
“The IPBC is filled with useful information, and the tours to operational commands and support facilities provided valuable insight,” said Picek. “In addition to the course material, I am grateful for the opportunity to learn from instructors' and students' experiences, and to discuss ways to address challenges facing the community from multiple perspectives.”
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 6,500 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.
With four schoolhouse commands, two detachments, and training sites throughout the United States and Japan, CIWT is recognized as Naval Education and Training Command’s top learning for the past two years. Training over 21,000 students every year, CIWT delivers trained information warfare professionals to the Navy and joint services. 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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