Trident Refit Facility Graduates 2011 Apprentice Class

Story Number: NNS110909-18Release Date: 9/9/2011 2:24:00 PM
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By Stacey Byington, Trident Refit Facility Public Affairs

KINGS BAY, Ga. (NNS) -- Trident Refit Facility (TRIREFFAC) announced the graduation of Apprentice Class 2011 Sept. 9 at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay Chapel.

Upon graduation, the 10 apprentices who make up the 2011 class became nationally accredited journeymen in their various trade skills.

The members of TRIREFFAC Apprentice Class of 2011, and the trades they were studying are:
-- Gregory Cowart, Repair Department Shop 38A Marine Machinery
-- Steven Delcambre, Repair Department Shop 56A Pipefitter
-- Heather Dixon, Repair Department Shop 38A Marine Machinery
-- Jessica McCollough, Repair Department Shop 31A Machinist
-- Melissa Phelps, Repair Department Shop 31A Machinist
-- Jordan Rennard, Repair Department Shop 26A Welder
-- Justin Schreiner, Repair Department Shop 64A Shipwright
-- Xavier Stevens, Repair Department Shop 71A Painter
-- Bren Stevenson, Repair Department Shop 51B Electrician
-- Jeremy Todd, Repair Department Shop 26A Welder

TRIREFFAC is a tenant command at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay and is responsible for providing quality maintenance, repair and modernization for sustaining a superior global submarine force.

"TRIREFFAC Apprentices are given the opportunity to learn a trade," said TRIREFFAC Commanding Officer Capt. Richard Verbeke. "This year's graduates have completed their course of instruction, and earned the respect of their trainers and fellow employees. Today's graduates are the TRIREFFAC workforce of the mid-21st century."

The TRIREFFAC apprenticeship program is a four-year accredited Student Career Experience Program that combines college-level courses at Altamaha Technical College, along with trade theory classes, and on-the-job work experience at TRIREFFAC. Apprentices earn a competitive wage and are eligible for benefits, which include vacation, medical and retirement.

"I have watched these apprentices grow so much over the past four years," said Apprentice Program Administrator, Tim Wolfe. "I am confident they all have the necessary skills and knowledge to become potential future leaders of TRIREFFAC."

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