Center for Security Forces Conducts Open House

Story Number: NNS100417-04Release Date: 4/17/2010 8:50:00 AM
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By Darryl Orrell, Center for Security Forces Public Affairs

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (NNS) -- The Center for Security Forces (CENSECFOR) held an open house event for local afloat and ashore activities April 1 at the Chesapeake Learning Site to highlight its training capabilities and technologies.

The event drew over 35 attendees of whom represented 13 commands ranging in rank from E-7 to O-5 and from training supervisors/training officers to type commanders (TYCOM).

CENSECFOR Site Director Lt. Cmdr. Adam Goetz opened the event by briefing statistical course information such as student throughput and attrition rates. Goetz also cited the varying challenges each class convening has with incomplete student course prerequisites and physical fitness deficiencies.

The brief quickly evolved into a focused discussion whereas a unified effort between unit, TYCOM, and training representatives for improved quota management and candidate screening practices were the general takeaways of the day.

Subsequent to the brief, attendees split into five small groups and toured various training aspects of the Navy's visit, board, search, and seizure and security reaction force - advanced (SRF-A) courses.

In the firearms training simulator, Justina Mitchell, from Training Support Center Hampton Roads, tested her skills with the M9 service pistol.

"This is amazing training, and it really allows you to become comfortable with the weapon," said Mitchell.

Commander, Submarine Force representatives Cmdr. Kurt Stronach and Lt. Michael Works had a primary interest in SRF-A training to determine whether the submarine force's investment in this level of training is worthwhile, and according to Works - it certainly is.

"We will certainly continue to build on the success of this inaugural open-house event and will likely be hosting similar events at our other learning sites in the near future," said CENSECFOR Command Master Chief (SW/AW) Terry Newhart.

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