Spring Native Trains to be a U.S. Navy Future Warfighter

By: MC2 Jackson Brown, Navy Office of Community Outreach
| Published 08/14/2019

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jesse Hawthorne

GREAT LAKES, IL – Sailors are some of the most highly-trained people on the planet, according to Navy officials, and this training requires highly-dedicated instructors.

At Naval Education and Training command, instructors at advanced technical schools teach sailors to be highly skilled, operational, and combat ready warfighters, while providing the tools and opportunities for continuous learning and development.

Seaman Alexander Soto, a native of Spring, Texas, is a student at NETC, learning the necessary skills needed to be a fire controlman.

A fire controlman is responsible for maintaining and operating various weapon systems and radar detection systems onboard Navy warships.

Students attend advanced technical schools after “boot camp.” They are taught the basic technical knowledge and skills required to be successful in their new careers.

Soto, a 2013 graduate of Eastland Christian High School in Orlando, Florida, credits success in the Navy to many of the lessons learned growing up in Spring.

“My mother always taught me common courtesies growing up, and that's allowed me to adapt well to a military environment,” Soto said.

NETC educates and train those who serve, providing the tools and opportunities which enable life-long learning, professional and personal growth and development, ensuring fleet readiness and mission accomplishment.

NETC is made up of six commands that provide a continuum of professional education and training in support of Surface Navy requirements that prepare enlisted sailors and officers to serve at sea, providing apprentice and specialized skills training to 7,500 sailors a year.

A key element of the Navy the nation needs is tied to the fact that America is a maritime nation, and that the nation’s prosperity is tied to the ability to operate freely on the world’s oceans. More than 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by water; 80 percent of the world’s population lives close to a coast; and 90 percent of all global trade by volume travels by sea.

Soto plays an important role in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of National Defense Strategy.

“Our priorities center on people, capabilities and processes, and will be achieved by our focus on speed, value, results and partnerships,” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “Readiness, lethality and modernization are the requirements driving these priorities.”

As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied-upon assets, Soto and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes providing the Navy the nation needs.

“Being in the Navy means I'm serving something bigger than myself and I'm able to break free from the mold and do what I want to with my life to better myself and my family,” Soto said.

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