PENSACOLA, Fla. -- As the Navy’s top enlisted paygrade, master chiefs make up just 1 percent of the Navy, and are known to be afforded more responsibility than any other enlisted rank in the world. It is also known that chiefs, senior chiefs and master chiefs get the hard things done and “make the Navy run.”
During this new era of great power competition, a master chief petty officer at Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC) Corry Station, takes his role very seriously in ensuring his command team and students are prepared to fight and win.
Master Chief Cryptologic Technician (Collection) Seth Lambert, originally from Wooster, Ohio, and now IWTC Corry Station’s training directorate senior enlisted leader, is not only leading the charge in his normal role off the podium, but he also allocates his time on the podium teaching and sharing his wisdom and experience with the Navy’s newest and seasoned information warfare Sailors and officers.
Lambert’s team is made up of 291 qualified instructors and they train and prepare roughly 8,000 information warfare Sailors and officers annually. Currently, he teaches the Command and Control Tactical Analysis, Afloat Cryptologic Management and the Cryptologic Resource Coordinator courses.
“Training our relief and junior officers is something that every chief is charged with,” shared Lambert. “I love being able to relay lessons learned good and bad to the new generation of chiefs and officers heading to sea, for many of whom it's the first time. It's imperative that we share our experiences in concert with the formal training to provide a real world look at the Navy and cryptologic operations for the Sailors coming through the schoolhouse doors.”
Although not all-inclusive, some of the main attributes of being a Navy master chief include: being credible and authentic subject matter experts; being the Sailors’ stewards and advocates; experts at giving advice and counsel; experts in solving difficult problems and challenges; experts at finessing a result rather than relying on explicit direction and orders; and experts at providing seasoned advice to officers.
“With my background as a cryptologic technician (collection), or CTR, it is my absolute responsibility to relay what I've learned to mentor and guide young Sailors, chiefs and division officers,” added Lambert. “If we can save a junior officer or division chief some heartache be relaying a best practice or lesson learned the hard way, then that's a win in my book.”
Cmdr. Chad Smith, IWTC Corry Station’s commanding officer, is very appreciative of what Lambert does to make his command and Navy better.
“The leadership experience and technical expertise that a master chief brings to the podium is simply unmatched,” said Smith. “Master Chief Lambert's ability to share that knowledge with new information warfare community junior officers and chiefs headed to sea for their first time in khakis provides the best foundation from which to build.”
Smith also shared how Navy chiefs shaped him as an officer and what Lambert brings to the fight.
“This is personal for me,” added Smith. “I have been born and raised by outstanding chief petty officers in my career and am fortunate that my initial division chief took the time to invest in me. He showed me what right looked like and took extreme ownership of my personal and professional development. That is exactly what Master Chief Lambert is bringing to our information warfare training at IWTC Corry Station. He is taking full advantage of the opportunity to shape and mold the next generation of information warfare (IW) professionals that are paramount for our nation to fight and win.”
It’s not a common for a Navy master chief to share knowledge from the training podium, but with nearly 24 years of Navy experience in a wide variety of operational and staff positons, Lambert continuously embodies the adage of “earn it every day” by using experience-based leadership and advice to contribute to overall Navy readiness and lethality for the Navy the nation needs.
When asked what are some of the challenges he hopes to help the Navy IW community overcome, Lambert responded, “I hope to help develop a cadre of cryptologic professionals that can train, demonstrate and integrate the capabilities that the IW community brings to the fight. We need to be advocates for not just our individual Ships Signals Exploitation Space teams, but for the greater community to help make the Navy more lethal.”
IWTC Corry Station, as part of the Center for Information Warfare Training (CIWT), provides a continuum of training to Navy and joint service personnel that prepares them to conduct information warfare across the full spectrum of military operations.
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 center for the past three 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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