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Naval Air Training Completes Alignment to Naval Air Forces

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Story Number: NNS071005-19
Release Date: 10/5/2007 8:42:00 PM


From Chief of Naval Air Training Public Affairs

CHIEF OF NAVAL AIR TRAINING, Calif. (NNS) -- The Chief of Naval Air Training formally realigned from Naval Education and Training Command to commander, Naval Air Forces Oct. 1.

“Developing leaders with the skills to lead naval aviation in the 21st century is critical to our future success,” said Vice Adm. Thomas J. Kilcline, commander, Naval Air Forces. “We have now aligned the organization to make sure we are working together in the most effective way possible toward that goal.”

According to Rear Adm. Mark D. Guadagnini, Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA), this realignment will better match the training of naval aviators, naval flight officers and naval air crew with the requirements of the fleet.

“Our mission is to produce aviators and aircrew ready to fight and win in combat from the day they arrive in the fleet,” said Guadagnini. “By aligning what we do in the training command with the operators and resources of the fleet, we can maximize mission accomplishment.”

First begun in March 2006, CNATRA’s gradual transition from Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) to CNAF has been transparent to almost everyone. The shift involves no movements of assets, no base closures as a result of this alignment, and no significant personnel changes.

Largely an administrative movement, the realignment places all CNATRA aviation hardware, operating budgets, and cockpit-related training, known as the “seat to fleet” phase, under the cognizance of CNAF and the Naval Aviation Enterprise, while the “street to seat” phase remains under the direction of NETC.

Kilcline said that the move makes the most of the strengths of both the Naval Air Forces and NETC.

“NETC will continue to be responsible for finding the most effective and efficient means to deliver individual training from the time the individual comes into the Navy until they are assigned to their first training squadron, as well as curriculum development,” Kilcline said. “They are experts at doing just that. Meanwhile, Naval Air Forces will be able to help the training squadrons make the most of available resources so that naval aviation as a whole continues to meet the needs of the nation.”

Kilcline added that CNATRA will be the key to the success of the new alignment.

“As the Deputy Commander, Naval Air Forces for Training, CNATRA will provide the expertise to bring together the assets of Naval Air Forces and the development techniques of Naval Education and Training in order to continue to produce the world’s finest aviators.”

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