DAHLGREN, Va – The Center for Surface Combat Systems (CSCS) and its learning site, AEGIS Training and Readiness Center (ATRC), co-located aboard Naval Support Activity South Potomac (NSASP), held a dedication ceremony for the late Edward W. Gohring, a former CSCS Executive Director and true patriot, on November 2.
CSCS and ATRC decided to name ATRC’s newest wing after Gohring due to his 40 years of devotion and service to the United States Navy.
Capt. David Zook, ATRC commanding officer, welcomed Mrs. Doris Gohring, retired Rear Adm. Brad Hicks, staff from Surface Warfare Resource Sponsor, OPNAV N96, and Surface Training Systems (STS) Program Office, PMS 339, NSASP and its tenant commands, and former CSCS and ATRC commanding officers to Edward G. Gohring Hall and recognized Gohring’s impact to the AEGIS community.
“For over 30 years ATRC and Ed provided our fleet Sailors with the training necessary to fight and win, employing the AEGIS Combat System aboard our surface warships,” Zook explained. “Ed was here through it all. He was here when we graduated our first class in 1985, expanded our training role in the 1990s, and when we celebrated 30 years of training in 2015, which included the ribbon cutting for the wing that you see in front of you today. Ed was truly instrumental to Warfighting Readiness of the thousands of Sailors we have trained and his many contributions will continue to impact the thousands of AEGIS Sailors and Officers who pass through our doors for many decades to come.”
Capt. Frank X. Castellano, CSCS commanding officer, discussed Gohring’s impact to CSCS and the surface combat systems community.
“Ed is a true legend,” Castellano said. "Neither Ed nor the Navy knew the great impacts one man could make and when he enlisted in 1976 as a Fire Control Technician, a true warfighter emerged. He spent the next 21 years on active duty coming up through the ranks from Seaman Recruit through Chief Petty Officer and eventually retired as a Lt. in the Limited Duty Officer program. Ed became a federal civil servant in 1998 and devoted an additional 19 years to his nation. He spent 8 of these serving as the Executive Director for CSCS, overseeing 14 learning sites and detachments located throughout the continental United States, Hawaii, Japan, and Rota Spain. What he accomplished in just 8 years is awe-aspiring.”
Gohring was the catalyst for implementation of the Advanced Warfare Training (AWT) program on AEGIS cruisers and destroyers. He spearheaded the stand-up of the littoral combat ship training program to include the crewing and shore-based training structure to fully meet the ship’s unique training and operational employment concepts. He provided oversight for the stand-up of the Aegis Ashore Team Trainer (AATT) facility in Dam Neck to support the training and certification of rotational crews to both Aegis Ashore sites in Romania and Poland.
One of Gohring’s biggest achievements was the critical role he played in the formation of the Surface and Expeditionary Warfare Training Committee (SEWTC) back in 2010, which was formed to address manpower and training readiness investments. Today, the surface fleet stands ready to execute its combat mission as a direct result of his talent and dedication to duty.
For his groundbreaking contributions in surface warfare, Ed was
posthumously awarded the Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award in late April; the highest honor given by the Secretary of Navy to a Navy civilian employee.
Mrs. Susan Boarman, CSCS Comptroller and Acting Educative Director (non-technical), thanked the audience on behalf of Mrs. Gohring and family.
“From the beginning, he was entrenched in the journey of every training puzzle solved, new capability taught, mission accomplished, and every Sailor’s success,” explained Boarman. “These were Ed’s victories. “Not everyone gets to live a life doing what they are passionate about but Ed certainly did. Thank you, each and every one.”
Castellano may have worked with Gohring for a few months, but he soon discovered that he redefined the meaning of a consummate professional, shipmate, and friend.
“I miss him greatly,” Castellano said. “Many have been quoted stating that Ed is the ‘Father of AEGIS Training’ and I truly believe he is and that is why it makes me feel proud to say that every future student and visitor to ATRC will arrive in the parking lot, get out of his or her car, and immediately be greeted by Ed’s legacy.”
CSCS' mission is to develop and deliver surface ship combat systems training to achieve surface warfare superiority. CSCS headquarters' staff oversees 14 learning sites and detachments, located throughout the continental United States, Hawaii, and Japan and manages and operates a Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) training division in Rota, Spain. CSCS provides over 538 courses, awards 114 different Navy Enlisted Classifications (NECs), and trains more than 37,000 Sailors a year. CSCS delivers specialized training for Officer and Enlisted Sailors required to tactically operate, maintain and employ shipboard and shore-based weapons, sensors, and command and control systems utilized in today's Navy.
For information on the Center for Surface Combat Systems, visit https://www.netc.navy.mil/centers/cscs/
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