Rear Admiral Pete Garvin, Commander Naval Education and Training Command (NETC), along with NETC Force Master Chief Rick Mengel, traveled to Japan April 3-7 to participate in the annual Career Development Symposium (CDS), and visit NETC learning centers in Sasebo, Yokosuka, and Atsugi.
Featuring trade show booths covering a wide range of topics, town halls and breakout sessions with top leadership, CDS aimed to empower Sailors with the knowledge and tools they need to successfully manage their careers.
For CDS events in both Yokosuka and Sasebo, Garvin took part in Chief of Navy Personnel (CNP) town halls, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) listening sessions. Such panel discussions were centric to NETC’s vision for leveraging the latest in innovation to build the competitive advantage as the global leader in recruiting, training, and delivering naval forces. Garvin also participated in Professional Apprentice Career Track (PACT) interviews, where 345 PACT Sailors were able to obtain a Rating and their follow-on set of orders.
Additionally, Garvin and Mengel were joined by Recruiters from Navy Recruiting Command (NRC), and Recruit Division Commanders (RDCs) from Recruit Training Command (RTC) who met with Sailors interested in shore duty as either a Recruiter or RDC.
“The Career Development Symposium is a perfect opportunity to connect Sailors’ talents and career aspirations with Fleet needs,” said Garvin.
Mengel added, “Force Development is a continuous mission for our Sailors worldwide. When we work in conjunction with fleet resources and events like CDS, our warfighters are better equipped to respond to new adversaries in a changing world.”
While in Japan, NETC leadership conducted site visits to Surface Warfare Schools Command Engineering Learning Site Sasebo, Center for Security Forces Learning Site Yokosuka, Surface Warfare Schools Command Learning Site Yokosuka, NETC Western Pacific Detachment, Surface Combat Systems Training Command Western Pacific Detachment (SCSTC WESTPAC), Information Warfare Training Site Yokosuka, Navy Recruiting Station Yokosuka and Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (CNATT) Detachment Atsugi.
Throughout the visits, the team toured facilities, observed training demonstrations, and met with command leadership and Sailors. Additionally, all hands calls were conducted with NETC personnel at both Yokosuka and Atsugi, where a handful of Sailors were recognized.
During the Yokosuka all hands call, Fire Controlman (Aegis) 1st Class Anthony Bethke, received designation as a master training specialist; Chief Warrant Officer Andrew Warren was promoted; and Chief Warrant Officer Kenton was promoted and received designation as a master training specialist.
For the CNATT Detachment Atsugi all hands call, Electronics Technician 2nd Class Dalton Moate was awarded 2022 Junior Sailor of the Year. Moate, along with Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Class Clint Earlston, received designation as a master training specialists.
Garvin commented, “A crucial part of the NETC mission is to provide specialized training and educational tools to advance the personal and professional development of Sailors throughout their career. It was wonderful to visit some of the farthest reaching members of our NETC team. They are on the leading edge, and their efforts reinforce our strategic aims and ensure that we are a combat-ready team across the globe.”
NETC is the U.S. Navy’s Force Development pillar and largest shore command. Through its “Street to Fleet” focus, NETC recruits civilians and forges them into skilled warfighters ready to meet the current and future needs of the U.S. Navy worldwide.
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