MONTEREY, Calif. (NNS) -- The commander of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet visited Center for Information Dominance (CID) Unit Monterey during an all hands call Jan. 30.
CIDU is the Navy's only language learning command that trains and develops Sailors to be language professionals through exceptional leadership, support, mentorship, instructional expertise, and continual process improvement. With a staff of 50 military, civilian and contracted staff members, CIDU provides training for approximately 536 Sailors each year.
The visit to CIDU was twofold for Vice Adm. Michael S. Rogers: to encourage each Sailor to succeed as a Navy linguist, and to give the Sailors a better understanding of the structure of Fleet Cyber Command, the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC), and their role in each of them.
"There are two advantages of the Cyber Command structure," said Rogers. "The first is we are now addressing our mission areas at the highest levels, at the joint role and the Navy, which is a huge advantage. Second, we are recognized by the senior most leadership within the organization as an operational entity. This gives me the opportunity to plug in with all the other fleet commanders and that is a real positive for us."
When explaining the structure of DLIFLC, Rogers stressed how important it is for all Navy linguists to succeed.
"This entire structure is designed to ensure that you have the language skills necessary to go out to the fleet and function as CTs. Each of you has been sent here because we need you to acquire a skill that is needed to execute our missions at sea and ashore."
Rogers, who has a cryptologist background, emphasized the importance to never stop learning language.
"Language is a tough skill and the one thing that you will learn here. The longer you do this job, the more you will realize that the learning never stops. Whether you're at school at DLI, or whether you're out at your duty stations, you have to make a personal commitment to be a good linguist, and that means you must work hard to acquire it. But more importantly, you have to work hard to retain it."
Rogers spoke of his respect for Navy linguists and the dedication it takes to maintain language proficiency.
"One thing I have always respected about linguists is that they have to work hard their whole career to retain their language proficiency. It's not like they go to basic training, then to 'A' school, and then they don't have to worry about it again. It will test you, and DLI will show you how to maintain your proficiency."
Rogers also addressed students directly during the all hands call.
"All of you knowingly assumed the obligation of defending your nation and your fellow citizens and that speaks well to your sense of duty, honor, courage and commitment, and I thank you for making the sacrifice."
In the previous week Rogers also visited the CID Headquarters and CID Unit Corry Station, both based at Pensacola, Fla.
While at CID Unit Corry Station, Rogers commented on how CID fit into the 'big picture' of the Information Dominance Corps.
"Clearly the strength of the concept is our people, and the core aspect of our people is optimizing their skill sets and CID is at the forefront of our effort to do that...which is great for us as an organization and as a team."
Rogers is the first restricted line officer to serve as a fleet commander and the first Information Dominance Warfare officer to achieve the rank of vice admiral.
CID is the Navy's Learning Center that leads, manages and delivers Navy and joint force training in information operations, information technology, cryptology and intelligence.
With a staff of nearly 1,300 military, civilian and contracted staff members, CID oversees the development and administration of more than 168 courses at four commands, two detachments and 16 learning sites throughout the United States and in Japan. CID provides training for approximately 24,000 members of the U.S. Armed Services and allied forces each year.
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