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CSF Establishes Larger Military Presence at Bangor Learning Site

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS071004-01
Release Date: 10/4/2007 11:10:00 AM

By Lt. j.g. Alphonso Jefferson Jr., Center for Security Forces Public Affairs

BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) -- The Center for Security Forces (CSF) announced the establishment of a larger military presence at its Bangor Learning Site on Sept. 14.

Located at Naval Base Kitsap, training at the Bangor Learning Site has been handled by contractors who provided small arms related instruction. With an increased military presence, the learning site has expanded its capabilities to provide additional instruction on advanced and basic armed sentry/security reaction forces.

“We continue to look for ways to expand our training environment to support the requirements of the fleet,” said Capt. Mark Kohart, commanding officer, Center for Security Forces. “By establishing a larger military presence at the site, we are able to expand the number of courses offered, and also reemphasize the Navy’s core values and uphold standards that we pride ourselves on everyday.”

The courses offered at the Bangor Learning Site will provide Sailors with the necessary skills to protect their unit, its mission, and crew members whether pier side, at sea, or at an air facility from acts of terrorism or sabotage. In addition, Sailors will gain valuable knowledge to control access, detect and track potential threats and take immediate action to protect Navy assets.

“This is a phenomenal opportunity for the Bangor Learning Site,” said Chief Fire Controlman Thomas Masanotti, Bangor’s Learning Site director. “The training team at Bangor is excited about this opportunity, and I’m honored to take on this task.”

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