PENSACOLA, Fla. — A Deadwood native is stationed at a command responsible for teaching future information warriors the skills required to defend America around the world.
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Eric Graves is an information systems technician (IT) and serves as a departmental leading petty officer and instructor for the Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC) Corry Station in Pensacola, Florida.
An IT is responsible operating and maintaining navy global satellite telecommunication systems, serving as an admin on mainframe computers for both local and worldwide area networks and implementing microcomputer systems around the fleet.
Graves has served in the Navy for 12 years of active duty and has been stationed at IWTC Corry Station for the past 18 months.
“My primary responsibility is to train first accession and fleet returnee Sailors in the IT rating,” Graves said. “It has forced me to grow as a leader amongst peers and see problems from an assortment of perspectives.”
As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied-upon assets, Graves and other sailors and staff serve as a key part of the information warfare community in its mission to gain a deep understanding of the inner workings of adversaries and developing unmatched knowledge of the battlespace during wartime.
“The sailors and staff at Information Warfare Training Command Corry Station are fully invested in our students and shipmates. This team demonstrates that investment every day through exceptional competence, character, and connection. These virtues propel our command in providing highly trained information warfare professionals that our Navy and nation needs,” said Cmdr. Zach McKeehan, commanding officer of IWTC Corry Station. “In the short time that I have been here, I have seen just how dedicated these professionals are to maintaining the highest of standards for themselves and the students. I am extremely proud of our warriors, and it is through the focus and dedication of our patriots that we will continue to be the greatest military force in the world.”
These sailors and staff also have a tremendous responsibility in creating war-fighting options for fleet commanders and advising decision makers at all levels as they serve worldwide aboard ships, submarines and aircraft and from the National Security Agency to the Pentagon.
“I take great pride in instilling military discipline and different styles of learning, challenging material to new sailors,” said Graves. “It has been a great tour!”
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 21,000 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. CIWT is also recognized as Naval Education and Training Command’s top learning center for the past three years.
CIWT 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.