NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- At a ceremony in Ely Hall Auditorium on Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia Friday, Cmdr. Cary Isaacson took command of Naval Safety and Environmental Training Center (NAVSAFENVTRACEN).
Rear Admiral Mark Leavitt, Commander, Naval Safety Center, presided over the ceremony where Isaacson took over for Capt. Gerald Delong, who will go on to serve as Deputy Commander of the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center.
“When it came time to pick someone for the NAVSAFENVTRACEN continuing legacy, Cmdr. Isaacson was the obvious choice,” Leavitt said. “He brings the expertise to take the training center to new heights. As Deputy Director of Fleet Safety and Occupational Health, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, (USFF), Cary brings to the center his safety experience with the aviation and afloat units, along with the needs of the fleet.”
Isaacson, a graduate of Oakland University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, also holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Upon completion of graduate studies in 1999, Isaacson commissioned as a Lieutenant Junior Grade Industrial Hygiene Officer. He served aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73), South Central Regional Maintenance Center, Naval Branch Health Clinic Sasebo, Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV), National Center for Medical Intelligence (NCMI), Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic (CNAL), and most recently at U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFF), where he served as the Deputy Director of Fleet Safety and Occupational Health.
“The Naval Safety and Environmental Training Center is a customer service based command and with that you have to be able to work with your Immediate Superior in Command (ISIC) and customers where you receive and provide services,” said Isaacson. “I plan on being a conduit for the command to be able to work with our ISIC and our customers to be successful.”
Isaacson is not only looking forward to working with the outstanding NAVSAFENVTRACEN personnel, but continuing the great work of his predecessor.
“The Naval Safety and Environmental Training Center has been innovative by providing standard classroom training, online training and online continuing education as part of the annual Professional Development Symposium. We need to continue to innovate and be on the leading edge of technology and training for both classroom and online training,” said Isaacson. “One area of growth for training is the addition of the Fall Protection Competent Person training for Afloat Commands. The fall protection training is a new requirement in the latest OPNAVINST 5100.19 (Series).”
The Naval Safety and Environmental Training Center provides education and training for military and civilian Navy and Marine Corps personnel, both afloat and ashore. The training center provides courses in occupational safety, industrial hygiene, environmental protection, and emergency management. Their efforts lead to enhanced operational readiness, safe and healthier workplaces, stewardship through compliance with applicable regulations, reduced worker’s compensation costs, and mission efficiency.
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