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    CIWT Selects Top Civilians of the Quarter

    CIWT Selects Top Civilians of the Quarter

    Photo By Glenn Sircy | 181116-N-XX139-0008 PENSACOLA, Fla. (November 16, 2018) The Center for Information...... read more read more



    Story by Glenn Sircy 

    Center for Information Warfare Training

    By Glenn Sircy, Center for Information Warfare Training

    PENSACOLA, Fla. -- The Center for Information Warfare Training (CIWT) recognized its 2018 third quarter Civilians of the Quarter (COQ), Nov. 16.

    CIWT selected Richard Berger, training director for Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC) Monterey, as supervisory COQ; Donald Watts, an educational technician with CIWT’s Language, Regional Expertise and Culture (LREC) directorate, as non-supervisory COQ; and Mario Vulcano, course manager and Cryptologic Warfare Officer Basic Course (CWOBC) primary instructor at IWTC Corry Station, as Civilian Instructor of the Quarter.

    "The CIWT domain encompasses an exceptionally talented and dedicated team of professionals, and CIWT civilians like Mr. Berger, Mr. Watts and Mr. Vulcano are deeply invested in the execution of our mission and warfighting lethality, readiness and capacity," said CIWT's Executive Director Jim Hagy. "We greatly appreciate their enthusiastic perseverance and service to the Navy and our country."

    Utilizing his extensive experience in foreign language training, Berger drove changes within his department, the command, and the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC), which elevated the performance of his teams and led to IWTC Monterey being ranked first among the four services at DLIFLC in graduate proficiency. The Navy last achieved this position in 2008. He oversaw the cradle-to-grave foreign language training of 563 officer and enlisted students enrolled in 14 DLIFLC programs this quarter, and graduated 47 students. He managed a robust early intervention, academic advisement, and peer tutoring programs which led to 18 percent of those graduates achieving a level 3 on the Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT), greatly surpassing the institute rate of 12 percent.

    “Mr. Berger is the cornerstone of my command, and his significant impacts within the cryptologic technician (interpretive) community and CIWT domain are far-reaching,” said Cmdr. Michael Salehi, commanding officer of IWTC Monterey. “His selection as the Civilian of the Quarter both recognizes his accomplishments and establishes a precedence of superior recognition for achievement above and beyond his job scope.”

    Watts is an essential component of the Navy Defense Language Testing Program (N-DFLTP), and has been critical to the Navy's ability to capture, validate and report foreign language test results of Navy personnel to multiple Navy systems/databases. He single-handedly manages the scheduling of language exams at each of the seven fleet concentration areas within the United States, totaling over 3000 Defense Language Aptitude Batteries, DLPTs and oral proficiency interviews to date.

    “Mr. Watts value to the N-DFLTP and LREC is immeasurable and unmatched, and his customer service skills and support go far beyond answering 100s of phone calls and answering 1000s of emails,” shared Lt. Cmdr. Joe Byrom, Watts’ supervisor. “Mr. Watts goes above and beyond by reminding service members of test completion requirements, test eligibility, finding a testing facility for the inquiring Sailors, and redirecting Sailors to the appropriate office.”

    Vulcano provided nearly 244 hours of instruction to CWOBC classes, and graduated 28 officers. He routinely engaged the training officers within the five magnet Navy Information Operations Commands in order to receive level three feedback and guidance. Additionally, he maintained the NSAnet wiki for junior officers who com1pleted CWOBC. The wiki is considered the primary source of information for junior officers qualifying as information warfare officers throughout the cryptologic warfare community. He also contacted over 350 former CWOBC trainees to identify training gaps in the current curriculum and identify additional training requirements in preparation for the CWOBC Training Readiness Review/Job Duty Task Analysis workshop.

    “Mr. Vulcano is highly regarded throughout the cryptologic warfare community, and is deeply invested in his course, my command, and the Sailors,” shared Cmdr. Chad Smith, IWTC Corry Station commanding officer. “His unmatched knowledge, experience, and outstanding execution of the training mission have impacted all officer courses within my command, and established a solid foundation to enable future success for our newest and most junior cryptologic warfare officers.”

    CIWT is recognized as NETC’s top learning for the past two years with four schoolhouse commands, two detachments, and training sites throughout the United States and Japan. 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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    Date Taken: 11.19.2018
    Date Posted: 11.19.2018 10:50
    Story ID: 300474
    Location: PENSACOLA, FL, US 

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