Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training
Captain Eric J. Simon
Commanding Officer

Command Officer

Captain Simon is a native of Whittier, California. He enlisted in the Navy in December 1980, completing Recruit Training in San Diego, California and Aviation Machinist’s Mate (AD) A-School at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, Washington. While enlisted, he served tours with Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadrons One Three Seven (VAQ-137), One Three Two (VAQ-132), and Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Departments (AIMD) at NAS Miramar and NAS Lemoore, California. He was promoted to Chief Petty Officer (ADC) in 1989.

Captain Simon was commissioned as an Ensign in the Limited Duty Officer Program in March 1993. His squadron tours include Strike Fighter Squadron Two Five (VFA-25) and Strike Fighter Squadron Nine Seven (VFA-97), serving as a Division Officer, Maintenance Material Control Officer and Assistant Maintenance Officer. He also served at AIMD Lemoore as Power Plants Production Control Officer, Quality Assurance Officer, and Assistant Maintenance Officer.

In 2000, he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, graduating Summa Cum Laude. Shortly thereafter, he applied and was selected for redesignation as an Aerospace Maintenance Duty Officer. He received his Master’s Degree in Management from National University in 2004.

Captain Simon has completed numerous operational detachments and extended deployments on USS Ranger (CV-61), USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67), USS Forrestal (CV-59), USS Saratoga (CV-60), USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), including participation in Operations Earnest Will, Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Southern Watch, and Enduring Freedom.

From 2002 to 2005, Captain Simon served as Deputy Program Manager for the Field Service, Multi-Line, and Test Line Programs at Naval Air Depot North Island, California. In 2005, Captain Simon returned to NAS Lemoore to serve as Carrier Air Wing Two Maintenance Officer (CAGMO). In 2007, he reported to Naval Air Systems Command at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, where he served as Assistant Program Manager for Logistics (APML) for the Consolidated Automated Support System (CASS) in the Aviation Support Equipment Program Office (PMA-260). After screening for Aviation Commander Command in 2008, he served as Officer-in-Charge of Fleet Readiness Center (FRC) Southwest Detachment Point Mugu, California. In 2011, he reported to FRC Southwest at NAS North Island to serve as the Depot Production Officer. In 2013, he returned to NAS Patuxent River where he served as Director, Requirements and Capabilities (N8) and Chief of Staff for Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers (COMFRC). He was selected for major acquisition command and reported to CNATT as Executive Officer in July 2015, and assumed command of the Center in October 2016.

Captain Simon’s career qualifications include designation as a Professional Aviation Maintenance Officer, membership in the Defense Acquisition Corps, and Level Three Certification in Production, Quality and Manufacturing; and Life Cycle Logistics. His personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (six awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (five awards), and various unit, service, and campaign awards.

Captain Nate Schneider
Executive Officer

Captain Schneider enlisted in the Navy in 1981 as a Signalman Seaman Recruit and served as crew in USS Nashville (LPD-13), USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20), USS Virginia (CGN-38) and ashore as an Instructor and Company Commander at Operations Specialist’s A School.

As a 1993 graduate of Old Dominion University, Officer Candidate Schneider attained a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science (with a Minor in History) and a commission as an Aerospace Engineering Duty Officer (Maintenance) - 1520

Following maintenance officer training at Pensacola, Florida, Ensign Schneider reported to the ‘Ghostriders’ of VF-142 where he excelled as the Assistant Maintenance Officer and Material Control Officer and completed his 4th Mediterranean deployment embarked aboard USS George Washington (CVN-73).

De-commissioning VF-142 in May 1995, he reported to the ‘Rawhides’ of VRC-40 where he served as the Maintenance Material Control Officer and garnered recognition as the Fiscal Year 1998 Commander Early Warning Wing, Atlantic’s Maintenance Officer of the Year. Following VRC-40, Lt. Schneider then reported to the ‘Blacklions’ of VF-213 where he served as the Assistant Maintenance Officer and Quality Assurance Officer and completed his 1st Western Pacific deployment embarked aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70). Having achieved significant Organizational Level experience, he split-toured to the Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) where he served as the IM2 (General Aircraft Maintenance) and IM3 (Avionics) Division Officers and completed his 6th deployment.

In June 2002, Lt. Commander Schneider was selected to attend the Naval Postgraduate School. Graduating in December 2003, he earned his Masters of Business Administration – Logistics and reported to USS Harry S Truman (CVN-75) where he completed his 7th major deployment while serving as AIMD Maintenance Material Control Officer. During this tour he received the 2004 Captain Virgil Lemmon Award for Naval Aviation Maintenance Excellence.

After a highly successful tour aboard USS Harry S. Truman, he reported to the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (CNATT) Detachment Milton, Florida, in 2005 as the Officer-in-Charge of Aviation Maintenance Officer School, the Aviation Ordnance Officer Progression Courses and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Maintenance Training. Cmdr. Schneider was then selected to be the AIMD Officer aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) in 2008 and completed two deployments while assigned, his eighth and ninth major deployments.

He was then selected to represent the Aviation Maintenance Duty Officer (AMDO) Community at Navy Personnel Command from August 2010-2012 where he served proudly as the detailer. He then reported to U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) for duty as Assistant Program Manager Logistics (APML) supporting Naval Undergraduate Flight Training Systems Program Office (PMA-273) and the Navy’s inventory of training aircraft.

Then newly promoted Capt. Schneider transferred internally to NAVAIR as Military Director for Logistics, serving from August 2014-September 2016.

Capt. Schneider reported to Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training as Executive Officer in November 2016.

Captain Schneider’s military decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (5), Navy Commendation Medal (3), Navy Achievement Medal (3), the Captain Virgil Lemmon Award for Maintenance Excellence and various other personal and unit awards.

CMDCM (AW/SW) Kirk D. Klawitter
Command Master Chief

Command Master Chief

Master Chief Klawitter was born in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, an esteemed graduate of Unity High School Class of ’88. He entered the Navy through the Delayed Entry Program in September of 1987 and entered active service in June of 1988.

Following completion of basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois, he reported to Naval Air Technical Training Center in Memphis, Tennessee where he completed Aviation Support Equipment Technician Apprenticeship training.

pon graduation from “A” school he reported to Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) Moffett Field. His fleet assignments include BUPERS SDC detachment Pt. Mugu; U.S. Navy Blue Angels; USS Enterprise (CVN 65); Fleet Readiness Center South East (FRC) Mayport; Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) Pensacola as Training Officer; Command Senior Chief of USS Defender (MCM 2), forward deployed out of Sasebo Japan; Senior Enlisted Leader and Command Master Chief for NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center San Diego, and Command Master Chief for Naval Air Technical Training Center. He is currently serving as Command Master Chief for Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (CNATT).

Master Chief Klawitter holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Technical Management. He is a graduate of the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy, Class 148, and the Command Master Chief course. He has earned his Enlisted Aviation, Surface Warfare, and Master Training Specialist designations and has been awarded the United States Apprenticeship Certificate, certified by the United States Department of Labor.

His personal awards include the Navy Meritorious Service Medal (two awards); Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards); Navy Achievement Medal (three awards); Good Conduct Medal (ninth), and various unit and campaign awards.