PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- A native of Milton, Florida, works for a Navy command responsible for teaching future information warriors the skills required to defend America around the world.
Alan Stout has served his country for more than 32 years, and works as a personnel qualifications standard (PQS) manager, operating out of the Center for Information Warfare Training (CIWT) onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola Corry Station, Florida. For the past 12 years, he has served as a government employee. Prior to this, he proudly and honorably served in the U.S. Navy for over 20 years as a cryptologic technician (technical), retiring at the rank of chief petty officer.
As a PQS manager, Stout’s responsibilities include developing and updating a library of PQSs for cryptologic and intelligence operations. PQS publications are created to produce competent watch standers in order to maintain fleet readiness. Combined with PQS managers in his office, his efforts directly impact the training and readiness of over 45,000 Navy personnel.
“Our CIWT domain is comprised of incredibly talented and professional people, and I’m grateful how our Navy civilians, like Mr. Stout, play a vital role in the execution of our mission and in our warfighting effectiveness for the Navy the nation needs," said Jim Hagy, CIWT’s executive director. "I'm humbled and honored to serve alongside him and for his dedication and service to not only this command, but this great nation."
Stout’s command has been recognized as the Navy’s top learning center the past two years, and charged with developing the future technical cadre of the information warfare community, the CIWT domain leads, manages and delivers Navy and joint force training to 22,000 students annually.
With 1,200 military, civilian and contracted staff members, CIWT oversees about 200 courses at four information warfare training commands, two detachments, and additional learning sites located throughout the United States and Japan.
CIWT is responsible for training enlisted cryptologic technicians, information systems technicians, intelligence specialists and electronics technicians. CIWT also provides training to cryptologic warfare, information professional, intelligence, and foreign area officers that prepares them to be prepared to wage battle, and assure the nation’s success in this burgeoning warfare arena.
"The CIWT team is successful because each of our domain members, like Mr. Stout, focuses daily on our job to 'prepare Sailors for war' in our area of information warfare," said CIWT’s Commanding Officer Nick Andrews. "I'm extremely proud of how the impact of his hard work prepares Sailors for the Navy the nation needs, enhancing fleet readiness each and every day.”
As a member of one of the Navy’s most relied-upon assets, Stout and other CIWT staff and Sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes, serving as a key part of the information warfare community in its mission to gain a deep understanding of the inner workings of adversaries and developing unmatched knowledge of the battlespace during wartime.
Sailors and staff have a tremendous responsibility in creating warfighting options for fleet commanders and advising decision-makers at all levels as they serve worldwide aboard ships, submarines and aircraft and from the National Security Agency to the Pentagon.
“I am honored to work with Sailors and officers out in the fleet to develop the qualification standards for jobs performed in our forward-deployed Navy,” Stout said.
In addition to his role in supporting the Navy’s information warfare community, Stout dedicates time in his own community to serve as an associate pastor at Providence Church in Pensacola. He is also the proud father to four children and grandfather to eight grandchildren.
CIWT delivers trained information warfare professionals to the Navy and joint services, enabling optimal performance of information warfare across the full spectrum of military operations.
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