PORT HUENEME, Calif. (NNS) -- The latest group of engineers graduated from the Navy's Engineering Duty Officer (EDO) School's basic course at Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) Port Hueneme, Calif., May 3.
Basic Course Class 2013-2 graduated 13 active duty and five reserve students. The active duty EDOs all have follow-on orders to complete their engineering qualifications tours at shipyards, regional maintenance centers, supervisors of shipbuilding and Space and Naval Warfare Systems field activities. The reservists will return to their units to continue their qualifications and drill with their active duty colleagues.
Guest speaker, Vice Adm. Kevin McCoy, commander of Naval Sea Systems (NAVSEA) Command and the Navy's senior engineering duty officer, said that training EDOs is very important with widespread reach across the fleet. He also presented the school with a plaque dedicated to the 300 active and reserve Engineering Duty Officers who served on Individual Augementee (IA) assignments and supported the Global War on Terror from 2005 to 2012.
"Engineering duty officers are the Navy's guardians of technical compliance and excellence," said McCoy. "The training they receive here at EDO School provides the technical and business education that, combined with their operational experience, lays the foundation of knowledge they will need to build the future fleet and maintain its current readiness."
Capt. Tom Brovarone, the school's commanding officer, accepted the plaque and spoke of the challenges they faced.
"These individuals played a major role in defeating a counter insurgent enemy when they helped countries rebuild and modernize their infrastructure, provided essential services to their citizens and provided the systems and expertise to counter a new weapon that killed and wounded thousands of their Sailors, Marines, Army Soldiers and Airmen," Brovarone said. "The Global War on Terror used a doctrine that was different than past wars because of an insurgent enemy and the unique new weapons and tactics they employed. Troops on the ground discovered that running water and electricity was just as important as providing security."
"Combat leaders found that their roles expanded beyond command and control of forces to coaching, mentoring and teaching government and industry officials. All these new challenges could not be met with combat troops alone," he said. "There was an increased need for engineers, and the need stretched traditional engineering capabilities and exceeded existing capacity. In short, engineering support of infrastructure became an element in the stabilization of Afghanistan and Iraq."
According to Brovarone, ED officers are unique to the Navy because they start their career as unrestricted line officers, learning how to operate ships or submarines. They then obtain technical/engineering masters degrees. Afterwards they combine their operational experience and technical knowledge to become the technical business leaders for the Navy.
"Engineering duty officers ensure that our Naval and Joint Forces operate and fight with the most capable platforms possible; Warfighting First," said Brovarone. "It's our business to ensure our warfighters can Operate Forward, Be Ready and by providing them the world's greatest ships and weapons systems, to win in combat."
EDO school's staff of eight coordinates four basic courses and two senior courses per year. The school's five-week basic course provides newly-selected EDOs with knowledge of plans, programs, policies and procedures by which the Navy accomplishes the acquisition and life cycle engineering of naval ships, submarines and systems. In addition to subjects taught by staff and technical experts, students receive approximately 25 percent of their instruction from senior community leaders, including flag officers and senior executive service members in specific program areas. The guest lecturers provide students the most up-to-date information in a given field while delivering first-hand leadership advice and the opportunity for one-on-one career counseling.
"The training has been challenging and rewarding, and has provided me with the foundation to carry out my duty as an Engineering Duty Officer when I get back to the fleet," said Lt. David Johnsen, class valedictorian and winner of the NAVSEA Vice Adm. 'Russ' Bryant Award, whose next duty station is Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine.
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