Training Command Disestablished


Story Number: NNS041124-13Release Date: 11/25/2004 11:06:00 PM
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By Lt. Brandon Davis, Center for Information Technology Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (NNS) -- The Fleet Combat Training Center Pacific (FCTCPAC), located in San Diego, was officially disestablished Sept. 30, as a result of the Navy's ongoing Revolution in Training efforts.

FCTCPAC was responsible for tactical combat direction and control systems training and for supporting operational commanders in evaluation, development and analysis of naval warfare doctrine and tactics.

The Centers for Information Technology (CIT) and Surface Combat Systems (CSCS) will now share the individual training responsibilities as part of the Naval Personnel Development Command (NPDC) claimancy, while Tactical Training Group Pacific will now be responsible for providing advanced team training and exercise management.

"When NPDC was established it became responsible for the individual training being delivered by FCTCPAC," said CIT Commanding Officer Capt. Cathy Thomas. "And in an effort to streamline the training development and delivery pipeline, learning centers such as ours and CSCS were created to focus on individual vice team or fleet training. The benefit of changing the way we do business is twofold: the Navy saves money and Sailors get the right training at the right time."

FCTCPAC stood up in 1945 as the Combat Information Center (CIC) Indoctrination School, presenting radar and CIC lectures to prospective executive and commanding officers. The school was redesignated FCTCPAC in 1976, and averaged 9,000 U.S. and allied students per year enrolled in more than 50 courses, while conducting numerous annual tactical battle group exercises.

"The importance of what FCTCPAC did should not be overshadowed by this transition," said Thomas. "Every component of the training delivered there continues to be important, though responsibility for delivery is now divided somewhat differently. NPDC and its learning centers represent the evolution of individual training excellence in the Navy, and comprise a structure that will continue to grow and develop to meet the needs of the fleet."

To learn more about the Centers for Information Technology and Surface Combat Systems, visit their pages on Navy Knowledge Online (NKO) at www.nko.navy.mil.

For related news, visit the Naval Personnel Development Command/Task Force EXCEL Navy NewsStand page at www.news.navy.mil/local/tfe.

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