Navy Offers Educators Behind-the-Scenes Look

Story Number: NNS120305-05Release Date: 3/5/2012 2:02:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Grant Probst, Navy Recruiting District San Francisco Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Educators throughout California arrived in San Diego for an education orientation visit Feb. 13-16.

Education orientation visits provide educators including principals, teachers and guidance counselors the opportunity to see the Navy behind-the-scenes including living, training and working conditions.

The 13 educators began their tour at the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Basic Underwater Demolition/SEALs compound where BUD/s instructors and senior leadership explained the rigors, philosophy, and evolving training evolutions of BUD/s. After an initial video, a short briefing, and a question and answer session the group was taken to the world-famous NSW Obstacle Course where two BUD/s students demonstrated technique and form while completing the course with ease.

"The Navy SEAL training tour was very informative, you felt the power of a well run organization from top to bottom," said Ed Litchfield, a math teacher from Casa Roble High school. "Everyone should experience this at least once in their lifetime."

After lunch in the Naval Amphibious Base Coronado galley, the group observed special warfare combatant craft (SWCC) crewman training and briefings. The group had many question for the tour guides and SWCC leadership about the differences between the special warfare elements.

Following the SWCC briefing and tour of the boat house and maintenance facilities, the EOV toured the Navy exchanges and housing areas seeing the diversity of living accommodations from Pacific Beacon housing towers available to single Sailors to flag officer housing aboard NAB Coronado.

Over the next two days the tour group talked to Sailors and civilian employees across in various capacities including the Fleet Readiness Center on Naval Air Station North Island, the Fleet and Family Service Center along with a boat ride through the San Diego Bay hosted by Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 1. ACU-1 demonstrated the capabilities of their craft while providing a rarely seen view of the San Diego Bay and the view ashore from the water.

The visit culminated with a ship tour aboard USS Howard (DDG-83). The group learned about the capacity and capabilities of the ship and toured the berthing and dining areas along with the bridge of the ship.

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