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High-tech Training Team Joins Kitty Hawk Strike Group

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Story Number: NNS040430-21

Release Date: 5/1/2004 3:26:00 AM

From Carrier Group 5 Public Affairs, Aboard USS Kitty Hawk Public Affairs

USS KITTY HAWK, At Sea (NNS) -- Information technology (IT) training experts from Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command's (SPAWAR) fleet support team (FST) joined the USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) Strike Group April 27, while under way.

The SPAWAR team will provide formal classroom, "over-the shoulder," and hands-on lab training to Sailors, said Lt. Rafael Perez Jr., Kitty Hawk Strike Group information systems officer.

The FST is comprised entirely of naval Reservists. Its mission is to deliver IT training to the fleet either in port or under way. Teams are typically made up of four to six Reservists who are experts in areas such as computers, communications and networking.

"Most team members work in the commercial IT industry or related fields, and typically have prior active-duty shipboard experience," said Lt. Cmdr. J.L. Whittington, the officer-in-charge of the flyaway team and a senior systems engineer with the MITRE Corporation. "As such, they bring their Navy knowledge as well as significant commercial on-the-job experience to the fleet."

Coordination between the FST and the Kitty Hawk Strike Group has been ongoing for weeks. Ships have identified their needs, and some have made special requests for specific types of training. Training plans have been developed to best match the team's talents to meet the needs of each ship. Plans to offer training aboard Kitty Hawk throughout their current transit period and to send a smaller team around to make ship visits with other members of the strike group are in development.

The SPAWAR team is equipped to train on dozens of topics, including Microsoft server administration, networking fundamentals, Cisco routers, Windows 2000, UNIX, Workstation administration and database management.

Since most of the SPAWAR team members are technical experts, they also assist with trouble calls and help with problems in addition to their training responsibilities.

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