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CHIPS Articles: Navy Information Systems Technician Talks About the Power of Perseverance

Navy Information Systems Technician Talks About the Power of Perseverance
By Dawn Scott, Navy Office of Community Outreach - August 6, 2018
PENSACOLA, Fla. – A 2004 Maury High School graduate and Norfolk, Virginia, native is stationed with a command responsible for teaching future information warriors the skills required to defend America around the world.

Petty Officer 1st Class David Dixon works as a Navy information systems technician and operates out of the Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC) Corry Station.

Information system technicians perform core and specialty functions of communications operations, message processing, and network administration and security.

Dixon credits success in the Navy with lessons learned growing up in Norfolk.

“I was taught perseverance and to not to give up your dream," said Dixon. "Never stop forward thinking with your eye on the goal.”

IWTC Corry Station is just one component that makes up the Center for Information Warfare Training (CIWT) domain, headquartered at Naval Air Station Pensacola Corry Station, Florida.

Charged with developing the future technical cadre of the information warfare community, the CIWT domain leads, manages, and delivers Navy and joint force training to 22,000 students annually. With 1,200 military, civilian and contracted staff members, CIWT oversees about 200 courses at four information warfare training commands, two detachments, and additional learning sites located throughout the United States and Japan.

IWTC is responsible for training enlisted cryptologic technicians, information systems technicians, intelligence specialists, and electronics technicians. CIWT also provides training to cryptologic warfare, information professional, intelligence, and foreign area officers that prepares them to be prepared to wage battle, and assure the nation’s success in this burgeoning warfare arena.

Dixon has military ties with family members who have previously served, and is honored to carry on the family tradition.

“My two uncles are retired military and joined from the Philippines so I carry on the family tradition,” said Dixon.

As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied-upon assets, Dixon and other Sailors and staff know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes, serving as a key part of the information warfare community in its mission to gain a deeper understanding of adversaries’ capabilities, while developing unsurpassed knowledge of the operational space.

These Sailors and staff have a tremendous responsibility in creating warfighting options for fleet commanders and advising decision-makers at all levels as they serve worldwide aboard ships, submarines and aircraft – from the National Security Agency to the Pentagon.

“Serving in the Navy allows me to obtain two trades with information technology and gaining tremendous benefits and opening my eyes to other cultures and becoming a well-rounded individual,” Dixon said.

In conclusion, Dixon said, “I am most proud of my Humanitarian Award I earned for service during Operation Tomodachi to support Japan in disaster relief following the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.”

Petty Officer 1st Class David Dixon. U.S. Navy photo By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Amanda Moreno
Petty Officer 1st Class David Dixon. U.S. Navy photo By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Amanda Moreno
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