NORFOLK, Va. -- Vice Adm. Brian B. Brown, commander, Naval Information Forces (NAVIFOR), attended a ceremony marking the second anniversary of the establishment of the Naval Information Warfighting Development Center (NIWDC), March 29.
Brown thanked command members for their hard work in standing up the Navy’s newest warfighting development center and highlighted the critical role that it is already playing in advancing warfighting. He also patched and congratulated three new Warfare Tactics Instructors (WTIs). The officers completed the first-ever eight-week Meteorology and Oceanography (METOC) WTI pipeline and are the first information warfare WTIs assigned to carrier strike group staffs; Lt. Cmdr. David Herrmann (CSG-1), Lt. Cmdr. Sean Caulfield (CSG-9), and Lt. Cmdr. Kelly Byrne (CSG-10).
“One of my goals in 2019 is to put a patch-wearing information warfare WTI on each deploying carrier strike group staff,” said Brown. “The NIWDC team is making that goal a reality.”
So far, NIWDC has put 21 officers, senior enlisted and civilian students through the information warfare WTI baseline course in 2019.
“We count on our officers like Kelly, David, and Sean to take their increased levels of tactical knowledge directly into the fleet,” said Rear Adm. Jeff Scheidt, commander, NIWDC. “They will be on the front line of translating senior Navy warfighting vision into tactical execution.”
“I am honored and humbled to be an information warfare WTI and look forward to increasing tactical integration of the environment into my CSG’s operations in order to disrupt adversary decision making while increasing the Navy’s lethality,” said Byrne.
Similar to other warfighting development centers, NIWDC’s mission includes: training and assessing information warfare forces in advanced tactics, techniques and procedures at the individual, unit, integrated or advanced, and joint levels, ensuring alignment within the information warfare training continuum.