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NATO Returns to Battle Creek for Technology Training

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Story Number: NNS070926-32
Release Date: 9/26/2007 6:36:00 PM

By Commander Jeff McAtee, Navy Region Midwest Public Affairs

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (NNS) -- Navy reservists from across the United States have been invited to attend the third Navy Information Technology training exercise at Michigan Army National Guard Distance Learning Center, Battle Creek Sept. 29-30.

The exercise – the only one of its kind – is part of a series of events hosted by Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT) Det. 113 based in Battle Creek and the Naval Reserve Joint Command Lisbon Det. based in Madison, Wis.

The primary goal of this year’s event is to train North Atlantic Treaty Organziation (NATO) Sailors in the support of their active duty command, but also to enhance their own career development. Sailors will gain the technical skills necessary to become valuable assets to the Navy and NATO when performing their annual training.

According to Capt. David Price, a focus of this particular training session is professional development and exercise support, including lessons learned from help desk support and network administration.

“The exercise will increase reservists’ technical and professional IT skills by exposing them to the hardware side of information technology,” said Price.

A NATO instructor will provide web-based instruction and facilitate classes and labs in the use of specialized software. This includes the development and operation of Web Information Services Environment (WISE) site capabilities and SACT utilization from the perspective of a site administrator. During the sessions, students will navigate and enhance WISE pages utilized in their home units.

An important by-product of this event is the professional networking among the Sailors from the different units. The next time they run into each other, it may well be in a foreign country under less than ideal social conditions. They will benefit by having already established an effective working relationship.

“Networking is essential in order to know who does what and how well they do it," said Senior Chief Information Systems Technician John Fauer. "That way, you can take the extra time to train if they need it. You want to bring out the best in each person so they can do the best job possible.”

Earlier this year, SACT Det. 113 hosted a training exercise on NATO’s Operational Planning Process (OPP). Seventeen Navy reservists representing five units from as far away as Washington and Salt Lake City took part. Like the IT exercise, the OPP training gave reservists the tools needed to more effectively support their active duty commands during the NATO exercise Steadfast Jackpot in Europe last June.

For more news from Naval Service Training Command/Navy Region Midwest/Naval Station Great Lakes, visit www.news.navy.mil/local/greatlakes/.



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