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Submarine Learning Center Executive Director Receives Navy League Leadership Award

GROTON, Conn (June 26, 2015) - Jonathon P. Houser, executive director of the Submarine Learning Center (SLC) in Groton, was presented the Navy League of the United States 2015 Robert M. Thompson Outstanding Civilian Leadership Award during the league's national convention in Tampa, Florida. June 16-21.Executive Director of the Submarine Learning Center (SLC) Groton

The award, named for the father of the Navy League, honors an outstanding civilian leader who has made a personal contribution to furthering the importance of sea power.

Houser was cited in the award as responsible for creating, coordinating, and executing the future training and education vision for the submarine force. He was also praised for guiding the development of a 'virtual world' prototype project, a virtual 3-D classroom and laboratory environment which represents the future of Navy training delivery.

The award also praised Houser's authoring of studies that addressed expanded submarine training needs on Guam and additional Virginia-class submarine loading in Norfolk, Virginia, and noted that he possessed an innate ability to foresee problems and develop answers ahead of time.

The recognition came as a surprise to Houser, who was quick to redirect the praise to those he felt were instrumental in making the award possible --the SLC staff across the domain.

"The award is a lot bigger than just one person," Houser said. "It's an organizational achievement and a terrific reflection on the excellence of the SLC staff.

Houser also noted that the SLC team is focused on the future of the submarine force.

"Their engagement, energy and expertise are all critical to our success both in maintaining a consistent level of excellence on a daily basis and also in the continuing development of training solutions for real-world situations that have not yet developed," he added.

In nominating his executive director, Capt. David Roberts, commanding officer of SLC, said that Houser's team responded quickly to fleet needs.

"The Submarine Learning Center is an agile organization, ready to respond to the warfighter, such as when Commander, Submarine Forces identified a critical need for electronic surveillance (ES) and contact management (CM) performance improvement," said Roberts. "He (Houser) oversaw development of new courses of instruction to improve readiness."

Roberts added that Houser's vast experience and leadership ensures that the U.S. Navy will retain undersea dominance throughout the world's oceans for years to come.

The Submarine Learning Center, with training sites located at fleet concentration areas world-wide, is accountable for all undersea curriculums, training delivery methodologies, and for developing and maintaining professional development continuums for all undersea warfare officers and ratings to include Electronics Technician (communications and navigation), fire control technician, sonar technician, machinist's mate (auxiliary and weapons), missile technician, and all nuclear training ratings.

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Hail to the Chief(s)

GROTON, Conn. (August 10, 2016) - Thirty-two Sailors from the Submarine Learning Center have been selected for Chief Petty Officer.

Bravo Zulu!

CPO Honor Courage and Commitment Badge

Naval Submarine School New London, Connecticut
ITSC (SEL) Rocky D. Fain,
MMWC (SEL) Brain A. Jonson,
FCC (SEL) Nathaniel J Miller,
ETRC (SEL) Nelson W. Velasquez, III,
FTC (SEL) Jacob Poe and ETRC (SEL) Heath Spencer

Submarine Learning Center Detachment San Diego, California
MMNC (SEL) Benjamin J. Lokey,
ETNC (SEL) Timmy Tran and MMAC (SEL) Joel L. Towry

Submarine Training Facility Norfolk, Virginia
ETNC (SEL) Derek K. Shelley,
ETVC (SEL) David R. Westberg,
MMNC (SEL) Daniel R. Passmore and EMNC (SEL) Michael K. Williams

Naval Submarine Training Facility Pacific Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
ETNC (SEL) Anthony S. Benfante,
MMNC (SEL) Matthew J. Brown,
FTC (SEL) James C. Collier,
MMWC (SEL) Bryan A. Miller,
ETNC (SEL) Jeffrey W. Shear and MMAC (SEL) Agustin E. Valdez

Trident Training Facility Bangor, Washington
ETNCS (SEL) Richard Besse,
FTC (SEL) Christopher Carlson,
ETV (SEL) Noah Carr,
MTC (SEL) Joey Gattis,
MTC (SEL) Timothy House,
MTC (SEL) Craig Northam and MTC (SEL) Matthew Tomasetti

Trident Training Facility Kings Bay, Georgia
FTC(SEL) Adam Ashburn,
ETNC(SEL) Daniel Beard,
STSC(SEL) Richard Delsalvo,
MMAC(SEL) Tony Gaddis,
STSC(SEL) Matthew Gilleland,
ETNC(SEL) Jacob Joiner, and ETVC(SEL) Michael Normile

Submarine Force Opens New Trainer in Guam

GROTON, Conn. (August 26, 2016) - Naval Submarine Training Center Pacific (NSTCP) detachment (det) Guam held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the brand new Mobile Trainer (MT) 1000 submarine firefighting trainer on Polaris Point, Guam, Aug. 26.

The MT-1000 is the hottest firefighting trainer in the U.S. Navy and can run until temperatures reach 700 degrees Fahrenheit at five feet above the deck. It is designed to train service members in both basic firefighting and responsive team training to improve the casualty response of forward deployed units in the Western Pacific.

“The addition of the MT-1000 reinforces the Navy’s commitment to ensure our submarine force is trained to the highest degree of readiness and that our crews are ready to handle emergency situations underway,” said Lt. Cmdr. Jarrod Trant, NSTCP det Guam Officer in Charge. “The MT-1000 is the newest, hottest firefighter trainer in the U.S. Navy, putting our front line submariners through rigorous firefighting scenarios, which provides invaluable training.”

One of the MT-1000’s two fireplaces simulates a switchboard electrical fire, and the other is a bilge fire with a flashover capability that shoots propane across the ceiling, which rapidly raises the temperature inside. Training is routinely conducted around 200-300 degrees Fahrenheit, which can be reached within a couple of minutes at full burn. The MT-1000 can train two hose teams of four Sailors each simultaneously and is closely monitored by staff to ensure safety and compliance with proper firefighting techniques.


“This top-of-the-line trainer will benefit the submarine force and the fleet by developing team skills with real-life firefighting scenarios in a controlled environment,” said Trant. “We want to ensure the teams have the tools they need to be successful should similar situations arise underway.”

The MT-1000 is specially designed to improve firefighting capabilities aboard submarines with a side watertight door and topside hatch over a vertical ladder to simulate firefighting conditions and accesses on submarines. The trainer also has moveable metal panels to simulate different scenarios and increase the difficulty.

Capt. Michael Martin, NSTCP Commanding Officer, was present for the ceremony and is excited about the new systems coming online. “The MT-1000 is another addition in a series of new training capabilities coming to Guam,” said Martin.

“Over the last three years, NSTCP det Guam has expanded from a small office of four instructors to a staff of 20 by the end of the year, running a state of the art Attack Center, Submarine Bridge and integrated navigation trainer, Ship Control Operator Trainer (SCOT) and the new MT-1000 along with an advanced engineering Virtual Interactive Display Equipment (VIDE) trainer coming online in November.”



The new facility was built by Kidde Fire Trainers, Inc. and shipped from Groton, Connecticut, to Guam in July. The MT-1000 has been undergoing acceptance testing throughout August and will be ready to train submariners in September.

“The submarine force and Submarine Learning Center (SLC) have provided considerable resources to buy, build, and man this schoolhouse,” said Martin. “Guam continues to provide excellent state of the art training to the forward deployed submarines equal to any submarine homeport.”

NSTCP det Guam is located at Polaris Point in Apra Harbor, Guam and shares a building with Commander, Submarine Squadron 15.

Together, they are responsible for providing training, material and personnel readiness support of four Los Angeles-class attack submarines stationed in Guam and submarines deployed throughout the Pacific Ocean.

The submarines and submarine tenders USS Frank Cable (AS 40) and USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) are maintained as part of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed submarine force and are readily capable of meeting global operational requirements.

For more news from Naval Submarine Training Center Pacific detachment Guam, visit https://www.facebook.com/NSTCPDETGUAM/

Submarine Learning Center Acting Command Master Chief Retires

GROTON, Conn. (September 23, 2016) - In a ceremony at Historic Ship Nautilus, September 23, Electronics Technician Master Chief (Submarines) Joseph Hundley, Submarine Learning Center’s Acting Command Master Chief said farewell to shipmates, family, and friends, concluding a 26 year career in the U.S. Navy.

For Hundley, military service, in particular the navy is a family tradition. “My grandfather was in the Navy during WWII as a cook. And as a small town boy from North Carolina, the only way for me to get to college was through the military.

“I chose submarines for the enlistment bonus,” he recalled, “but after getting to my first boat, I had no doubt I’d made the right choice. The leadership was fantastic (one CO was the Stockdale Award winner (RADM ret. Frank Drennan) and one Chief of the Boat, COB, was Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, MCPON, (Rick West). Talk about great examples.

“My initial plan was ‘8 years and out.’” Pausing for effect, Hundley smiled adding, “Here we are, 26 years later.”

In the course of those years, there have been challenges and opportunities often simultaneously. For Hundley, serving as Chief of the Boat, USS Oklahoma City (SSN 723) was both, with a large portion of great memories and good times.

“We were home ported in Guam whose slogan is ‘Where America’s Day Begins’ and I often thought to myself, ‘where you're the last one to know anything.’ Contacting ANYONE was challenging due to the time difference, which meant you really had to think out of the box to get things done.

“But, perhaps for many of those reasons, it was nevertheless a rewarding assignment because I watched so many young men become phenomenal Sailors who went from being good at their trade to truly great primarily because of the operational tempo and mission set.”

As the SLC’s Acting Command Master Chief since June 2015, Hundley did more than just watch the next generation of submarine Sailors develop, receiving a Meritorious Service Medal from Captain Andrew Jarrett, commanding officer, Submarine Learning Center, for his role in helping shape that development.

As the guest speaker, Captain David A. Roberts, Chief of Staff, Undersea Warfare Development Center and former SLC Commanding Officer, explained, the award did not mention the sacrifices great and small Hundley and his family made in the course of his career but did note,

“Supervising and mentoring six subordinate Command Master Chiefs and a headquarters Staff Master Chief, he brought years of experience and wisdom to bear in solving a myriad of challenges that arose at Submarine Learning Center’s schoolhouses and detachments, including Distributive Block Learning, Ready Relevant Learning, and various personnel and material challenges.

It went on to add “(His) thoughtful and level-headed approach guided the staff with clarity and his back to basic approach for identifying and solving issues at the Submarine Learning Center was exactly the right style to making staff-work smoother and more efficient.”

Hundley’s retirement was celebrated by an invited audience that included current and former shipmates, retirees, Department of Navy civilians, friends, and family members.

160923-N-LA529-003, GROTON, Conn (Sept 23, 2016) – Electronics Technician Master Chief (Submarines) Joseph Hundley, right, accepts a congratulatory handshake and a Meritorious Service Medal from Captain Andrew Jarrett, commanding officer, Submarine Learning Center, as part of his retirement ceremonies on Historic Ship Nautilus in Groton. (US Navy photo/released)
SLC Announces Civilian of the Quarter
By William Kenny, Submarine Learning Center Public Affairs

GROTON, Conn. (October 19, 2016) - The Submarine Learning Center named Donald C. Fauver as the Civilian of the Quarter for the third quarter of 2016 during an all-hands ceremony, October 14.

Civilian of the Quarter for SLC

Fauver is the Defense Property Accountability System Manager for the SLC headquarters in Groton as well as for the training sites in fleet concentrations areas from Norfolk, Va., to Guam, supporting both the training professionals and the devices and classrooms they require to deliver timely and time-sensitive training to all non-nuclear enlisted and officer submarine Sailors.

"I’m both honored and humbled," Fauver said. "It is nice to be recognized for years of consistent improvement to a program that needed a lot of attention. I could not have done this without the hard work of the thirty Sailors and civilians from Groton to Guam who help me manage the inventory at the various learning sites."

A retired Navy Senior Chief Operations Specialist, Fauver has worked for the SLC for four years.

Captain Andrew Jarrett when announcing Fauver’s selection, noted, "I’m always pleased to recognize stellar performers and Don Fauver is definitely one of ours.

"Working jointly with our learning sites and their staff members, he achieved the SLC’s first ever, domain-wide 100% accurate property inventory. His efforts established accountability for over 660 assets valued at approximately $850 million dollars. His procedures will ensure continued asset control into the foreseeable future."

Fauver appreciates the spotlight but is also quick to share it. "While the Civilian of the Quarter Program recognizes the efforts of one person, for the SLC’s continued success as an organization, everyone on the staff, no matter if you’re a Sailor or a civilian, has to work as a part of the team.

"I consider myself very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with so many talented individuals. And recognition programs like this one play an important role in assuring each of us that we are both valuable valued members."

The Submarine Learning Center's primary function is to create, coordinate and execute the future training and education vision for the Submarine Force. As such, it is accountable for all undersea curriculums, training delivery methodologies, and for developing and maintaining professional development continuums for all undersea warfare officers and ratings to include Electronics Technician (communications and navigation), Fire Control Technician, Sonar Technician, Machinist's Mate (auxiliary and weapons), Missile Technician, and all nuclear training ratings.

Submarine Learning Center’s Virtual School House Arrives
By William Kenny
Submarine Learning Center Public Affairs

GROTON, Conn. (December 13, 2016) - Intensive and extensive piloting of Virtual School House (VSH) technology and teaching will redefine learning for Sailors in real world training at Submarine Learning Center (SLC) facilities nationwide.

VSH is a collaborative effort between the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC), Division Newport, Rhode Island, and the Submarine Learning Center (SLC), in Groton, Connecticut, with the SLC successfully teaching Basic Noise Principles and Disabled Submarine Senior Survivor Course classes in the virtual world with VSH access nodes at Groton, CT., Kings Bay, GA, Norfolk, VA, San Diego, CA, and Bangor, WA.

VSH delivers real-world classroom instruction and online distance learning with voice and video capabilities, and other collaborative technologies for instructors and students. VSH amplifies the lecture/presentation process, allowing students around the country to ask and answer questions of their instructor (or one another) without interrupting the flow of class interaction and with the convenience and cost savings of distance learning.

VSH also exploits the unique capabilities of a virtual world and brings together distributed students, instructors and training systems for a shared virtual campus that simulates a physical campus, in terms of users’ freedom to interact with one another while also having access to a diversity of training methods (classrooms, media labs, serious gaming environment, tactical simulations, etc.).

Virtual School House image1Virtual School House image2

VSH creates a persistent, three-dimensional (3D), virtual environment populated by Sailors from across the country, each represented in the virtual school house by a personal avatar, which can, simultaneously and independently, explore the virtual environment, and participate in its simulated activities, e.g., “watch” sound waves in the Basic Noise Principles course, generated by a loose sound mount travel through the ocean and be detected by an enemy submarine.

As Thomas Wohlgemuth, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the SLC explains, “we’ve expended a great deal of effort investigating the theory of knowledge acquisition and retention as it’s applied in both a mixed learning environment and in computer based training.

“One of the goals of the Virtual School House is practical measurement of how well submarine Sailors learn when they are not physically co-located in a simulator or with an instructor.

“Sailors and instructors will access and control multiple remote simulators at full fidelity and with minimal latency (time delay) while using tools such as VOIP (voice over internet protocol) to maintain team as well as inter-personal communications (instructor to student, student to student, from one school to multiple points).“

The VSH empowers Instructor Quality (IQ) with the best instructors in front of the most students. And the VSH Course Quality (CQ) improvements mean that learning content in the virtual environment is more dynamic, more visual, and more engaging to the 21st century learner.

The next class convening for VSH Basic Noise Principles is January 17, 2017 and will be taught in the VSH’s virtual world with VSH access nodes at Kings Bay GA, Norfolk VA, and Groton, CT.

Virtual School House image3Wohlgemuth notes, “The Virtual School House, expands learning-centered technologies and brings creativity, agility and insight to training. It's also fully aligned with the CNO’s Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority as it enables better achievement of high velocity learning at every level.

“The VSH initiative is paying dividends. One year’s worth of savings in travel costs for just fire control technician and acoustic courses is about one-quarter of the total project cost and doesn’t reflect other savings, which includes the value a submarine command has in keeping Sailors at their duty stations instead of sending them on travel to a training facility across the country for an extended period.

“As we become more comfortable with the technology and its applications we should see enhancements of long-term capabilities to allow a significant portion (50% or more) of today's training requirements, to include "hands-on," to be delivered virtually, resulting in very significant cost savings.”

More importantly, he notes, “when fully successful, the Virtual School House will allow training simulators to be deployed and available ‘in the cloud’ so that they can exclusively support distance learning anywhere, at any time under any circumstance.”

The SLC’s Virtual School House is the next generation tool to expand and enrich how submarine Sailors will continue their lifelong learning.

The SLC, headquartered in the submarine capital of the world, Groton, CT., coordinates submarine Sailor training at seven sites across the country, including Hawaii and Guam; and develops and delivers submarine individual and team training to achieve and maintain undersea warfare superiority.

Naval Submarine School Celebrates Centennial

GROTON, Conn. (December 14, 2016) - Naval Submarine School marked the anniversary of its first graduating class of twenty-two officers in December 1916 with three separate graduations, Submarine Officer Basic, Submarine Officer Advanced and Basic Enlisted Submarine School, in one ceremony celebrating a century of submarine force training excellence.

At SUBASE New London’s Dealey Center, Rear Admiral James E. “Jimmy” Pitts, Commander, Undersea Warfighting Development Center, brought the past and the future together as he proudly regarded the graduates seated before him.

“Today, we are here to witness a major milestone at varying levels for our Submarine Sailors. Our SEAWOLF enlisted class and our SOBC Junior Officers will join an elite submarine warfighting tribe and take what they have learned here and build upon that foundation as they embark on their chosen profession – submarines!

"Our advanced course graduates will rejoin the tribe as experts in tactics, operations, and leadership. Today’s graduation ceremony is a momentous occasion marking 100 years for not only the base but Naval Submarine School as well."

Pitts noted the graduations underscore how growth and positive change are both always constants and works in progress.

“Submarine training excellence did not necessarily start immediately in 1916. The submarine force was still in its infancy and defining training requirements was a work in progress leading into World War II.

“Recognizing the need for more and more shore-based training, the Navy and the Submarine Force wisely and rapidly invested year after year and every decade to improve submarine crew training ashore. By the end of the war, 2,000 officers and 22,000 enlisted Sailors had graduated from Sub School of the 250,000 men that applied (and) over 5 million in enemy tonnage was sunk.”

And Pitts reminded the graduates wherever their assignments take them, their contributions to their next missions will be strengthened and enhanced by the training they've received.

Naval Submarine School Celebrates Centennial
Rear Admiral James E "Jimmy" Pitts, Commander, Undersea Warfighting Development Center was the graduation speaker.

“Since World War II…the need for individual courses for each submarine rating became the standard as well as schoolhouses to offer those courses in every submarine homeport. And Naval Submarine School has been the premier learning institution in the Navy to lead the charge in this revolutionary change, teaching our new, initial accession Submarine Officers and Sailors the foundational knowledge and skills they need to perform their tasks at sea.

“Now in its 100th year of operation, the buildings on this campus house some of the most sophisticated training simulators in the Navy. I’ve seen them first hand and the advancements are eye watering!

“The most relevant, engaging curricula we’ve ever taught and teachers who are the Submarine Force’s best and brightest. Teachers who are experienced, smart, well-spoken role models, who know better than anyone, that we can ill-afford to forget our history.

“They know we must never let our guard down and we must train, train, and train some more so that we’re always a ready Submarine Force.

“To the men and women who are graduating today. You have chosen to join the submarine profession and become a member of this elite warfighting tribe. I am incredibly grateful that great Americans like you have joined this team. I still vividly remember the excitement and anticipation to get to my first boat and becoming a full-fledged team member of that close-knit family. I also still remember a little bit of apprehension of what’s it going to be like, will I fit in, and am I really capable of becoming professional submariner?

"I challenge you to continue building upon that excitement and anticipation as you report to your respective boats. Based on my experience and knowledge of our crews today, I can tell you that your new family is anxiously awaiting your arrival. They will welcome you with open arms, train, mentor, and challenge you as true professionals, and rejoice with you when you have earned your dolphins.

"Take comfort and trust me these teachers have prepared you well. Now it is your turn to make history. Each of you has a role to play on your ship, each with a specific job to do. Your leadership, your ingenuity, your persistence and resiliency, your loyalty and your intelligence are all components of your success, but more importantly, they are all components you bring to your boat and are an integral piece of your ship’s success in accomplishing its mission."

As he concluded, Pitts challenged the graduates.

“We are the ready Submarine Force of the 21st Century and you will be the ones operating far forward and if required, called upon to take the fight to the enemy. May God bless each of you and all those serving in harm’s way.”

The ceremony's guests included local community leaders, shipmates, friends, family, and many current students and staff members as well as previous commanding officers and command master chiefs.

Naval Submarine School Celebrates Centennial Photo montage
Photo montage created by CDR David Grogan

Special guests were family members of Rear Admiral Frederick Warder, USN (Retired), who was a member of Submarine School’s 36th class, later building and commissioning the USS Seawolf (SS-197) one of the submarines to effectively strike back in the earliest days of World War II in the Pacific Theater.

Warder was later awarded two Navy Crosses, a Legion of Merit and a Bronze Star for his wartime service and in 1944 became the 21st Commanding Officer of Naval Submarine School responsible for sending quality submariners to an ever growing fleet and training young submarine officers many of whom went on to be the first commanding officers of the first generation of Navy nuclear and fleet ballistic missile submarines.

Warder’s daughter, Mrs. Grace Warder Harde, presented Seaman Drew Clark of Livingston, New Jersey, Class Honor Graduate of the USS Seawolf (SS-197) Class 17060 of Basic Enlisted Submarine School with a certificate celebrating his achievement.

Clark also received the Navy Core Values Award for best exemplifying the standards and expectations of a United States Navy Sailor.

Seaman Aaron Spelick was recipient of the Submarine Heritage Award. Recognized as Graduates of Distinction for their academic performance were Seaman McKuen Higgs, Seaman Jorge Pacheco, Seaman Zachary Schudalla, and Seaman Cy Ellis.

For Submarine Officer Advanced Course Class 16050, Lieutenant Brian Juskiewicz received the L. Y. Spear Award in recognition of his overall superior academic performance.

Lieutenant Peter Bleday was recipient of the David Lloyd Award for Excellence for his demonstrated excellence in leadership, military bearing, academic performance, and extra-curricular activities. Lieutenant Kurtis Daniels received the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Award in recognition of achievement in the study of command, control and tactical planning.

For Submarine Officer Basic Course Class 17010, Ensign Abrian Brewder received the L. Y. Spear Award. Ensign Zachary Kerscher was honored with the Admiral Andrew I. McKee Award, given to the graduate who displays excellence in the submarine systems and diving trainer portions of the course and who demonstrates superior performance in the areas of submarine design and safety.

Ensign Spencer Thompson was recipient of the Naval Submarine League Tactical Excellence Award for achieving the greatest understanding of Target Motion Analysis (TMA) as measured by demonstrated proficiency in plotting mechanics and fire control system operation.

The combined graduations served not only as a rousing conclusion to the first one-hundred years of storied excellence but as a beacon for the way ahead as Naval Submarine School continues as the once and future center of submarine force training excellence.

Submarine Learning Center Says Farewell to a Valued and Valuable Friend and Colleague

GROTON, Conn. (January 27, 2017) - Kneen Hensarling retired in brief ceremonies this morning concluding her thirty-seven year career as a Department of Navy civilian at the Submarine Learning Center (SLC) Friday.

Hensarling was praised by Captain Andrew Jarrett, commanding officer of the SLC for her “ability to adapt and flexibility in a world of ever-changing human resource requirements and personnel…. She has navigated SLC through hiring freezes, sequestrations, continuing resolutions, varied performance management and appraisal systems, end strength cuts, workforce shaping studies, government shutdowns and workforce furloughs; and yet has had an uncanny ability to keep SLC on course and speed and always with a smile on her face.”

Submarine Learning Center Says Farewell to a Valued and Valuable Friend and Colleague

Jarrett added, “(A)s the lone Civilian Human Resources program manager in the command, Kneen has done what many elsewhere have whole departments performing. Despite the massive responsibilities, she was always available to help out any employee who needed it, to listen to anyone in distress, and to resolve any dispute that arose.

“Throughout her career she held true to merit system principles and equal opportunity for all, and has been consistently pointed out as a leader and an example to be emulated. She elevated the art of human resource and managing people, and will be sorely missed. Her influence on the Navy will live on in the hearts and minds of all the people she helped over the years.”

After accepting congratulations from staff members, and just before returning to work, Hensarling offered an explanation for her motivations and efforts over more than the last three and half decades. “When you’re lucky enough to love what you do for a living, you don’t feel like you’re working. I had the good fortune to always work with and for good people who knew how important what they did was to the submarine force and for the Navy. That’s a terrific incentive to do your best and being part of the world’s finest submarine force was a wonder reward for that effort.”

The Submarine Learning Center’s primary mission is the creation, coordination and execution of the future training and education for the Submarine Force. It is accountable for all undersea curriculums, training delivery methodologies, and for developing and maintaining professional development continuums for all undersea warfare officers and ratings to include Electronics Technician (communications and navigation), Fire Control Technician, Sonar Technician, Machinist's Mate (auxiliary and weapons), Missile Technician, and all nuclear training ratings.

Submarine Learning Center Honored for Training Excellence
By William Kenny, Submarine Learning Center Public Affairs

GROTON, Conn. (February 7, 2017) - The Submarine Learning Center (SLC) was honored February 7 with the receipt of six 2016 Training Excellence Awards (TEA) from the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC).

The annual awards spotlight the continuity of quality and intensity of work demonstrating NETC's vision, mission, and strategic goals across the entire range of training and support operations.

In a message praising all NETC award recipients, NETC Commander Rear Adm. Mike White noted the commands selected "Epitomize the highest degree of training excellence found throughout the Naval Education and Training Command. Your continued success in the delivery of training will ensure highly trained, top quality Sailors are available to meet the needs of our fleet."

The SLC received TEAs for exemplary performance in Planning and Programming, Total Force Management, Logistics Management, Curriculum Management, Training Production Management and Financial Management.

A burgee, which is a small, triangle-shaped flag, will be presented to all NETC award winners. SLC is authorized to display the burgee through the entire calendar year to signify (and celebrate) its accomplishments and excellence in Navy education and training.

Capt. Andrew C. Jarrett, commanding officer of the Submarine Learning Center, lauded the work of the headquarters staff in Groton and praised the efforts of the SLC team at training sites scattered across thirteen time zones supporting Submarine Force training.

"There are countless moving parts which must be continuously synchronized and adjusted to best assure seamless delivery of world-class training for our submarine Sailors," he said. "These awards are a reflection of the hard work accomplished every day throughout the SLC over the course of the last year.

“We live and work in a dynamic environment requiring continuous evaluation of every job, duty and task submarine Sailors perform, while simultaneously assessing the curriculum and tools we use to teach and train them even while making timely decisions and determinations on where and how we need to move forward."

The SLC plans, programs, budgets, and executes individual and team training for Undersea Warfare Enterprise mission readiness. Additionally, it develops, assigns, and coordinates future undersea warfare training and education solutions and allocates resources to execute undersea warfare training in fleet concentration areas and elsewhere to include: Naval Submarine School, Groton, Conn.; Submarine Learning Detachment San Diego; Submarine Learning Site Yorktown, Va.; Naval Submarine Training Center Pacific Detachment Guam; Submarine Training Facility, Norfolk, Va.; Submarine Learning Site, Dam Neck, Va.; Submarine Learning Site, Whidbey Island, Wash.; Naval Submarine Training Center Pacific, Pearl Harbor; Trident Training Facility, Bangor, Wash.; and Trident Training Facility, Kings Bay, Ga.

The SLC has 1,248 instructors and staff (enlisted, officer and civilian). In 2016, more than 246,000 Sailors graduated from 298 separate courses.

The SLC blended learning solution combines instructor-led classes, hands-on labs, simulation, interactive course ware, and computer-based training and is a critical support element of Undersea Warfare.

Submarine Learning Center Chief Technology Officer Retires
By Submarine Learning Center Public Affairs

GROTON, Conn. (February 16, 2017) - Thomas B. Wohlgemuth, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the Submarine Learning Center (SLC), capping a career that spanned over three and half decades was honored as an architect for much of the state of the art submarine force training at retirement ceremonies today.

Wohlgemuth who served as the CTO since the Center first ‘stood up’ in 2003 was lauded by Captain Andrew Jarrett, commanding officer of the SLC, as “a ‘plank owner’ (original member of the organization) and a leader in many fundamental changes in submarine training in the last two decades.”

Captain Andrew Jarret presents Mr Wohlgemuth with an award

Jarrett praised Wohlgemuth’s collaborative outreach with military research arms to include the Office of Naval Research, ONR, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, DARPA, “to posture SLC initiatives to gain acceptance and funding at the highest levels of the Department of Defense.

“Mr. Wohlgemuth became the U. S. Navy’s first Virtual Schoolhouse Program Manager in 2013,” Jarrett said, “and willed this program from infancy to acceptance at the highest levels of the Department of Navy as well as personally directing its employment by junior seamen in several warfare communities.”

For his part, Wohlgemuth praised every submarine Sailor who was ever a student. “This generation of Sailor is unlike any before them. The men and women of the Submarine Force serve a war-time Navy, and I’m always a little in awe of their energy and engagement.”

He added, “It has been my privilege to have been a very small part in the large but remarkably agile and responsive Navy training and education community and help provide our Sailors with the tools and training they need to be successful, in the classroom, underway and in their lives.”

The SLC has 1,248 instructors and staff. In 2016, more than 246,000 Sailors graduated from 298 separate courses. The SLC blended learning solution combines instructor-led classes, hands-on labs, simulation, interactive course ware, and computer-based training and is a critical support element of Undersea Warfare. The Submarine Learning Center’s primary function is to create, coordinate and execute the future training and education vision for the Submarine Force.

Submarine Learning Center Selects 2016 Civilian of the Year
By William Kenny, Submarine Learning Center Public Affairs

GROTON, Conn. (March 31, 2017) - The Submarine Learning Center has named Donald C. Fauver as the Submarine Learning Center (SLC)’s 2016 Civilian of the Year.

SLC Commanding Officer, Captain Andrew Jarrett, characterized the selection process as very competitive noting Fauver’s recognition was both well-deserved and hard-earned.

“In many respects,” Jarrett said, “Don is a wonderful reflection of the caliber, depth and variety of talents and skills we have at the SLC working to build tomorrow’s Submarine Force.”

Don Fauver, Civilian of the Year

Fauver is the Defense Property Accountability System Manager for the SLC headquarters in Groton as well as for the training sites in fleet concentrations areas from Norfolk, VA, to Guam, supporting both the training professionals and the devices and classrooms they require to deliver timely and time-sensitive training to all non-nuclear enlisted and officer submarine Sailors.

"I’m both honored and humbled,” Fauver said. “It is nice to be recognized for years of consistent improvement to a program that needed a lot of attention. I could not have done this without the hard work of those Sailors and civilians from Groton to Guam who help me manage the inventory at our various learning sites.”

A retired Navy Senior Chief Operations Specialist, Fauver has worked for the SLC for four years.

Captain Jarrett in announcing Fauver’s selection, added, “I’m always pleased to recognize stellar performers and Don Fauver is definitely one of ours.

“Working jointly with our learning sites and their staff members, he achieved the SLC’s first ever, domain-wide 100% accurate property inventory. His efforts established accountability for over 660 assets valued at approximately $850 million dollars. His procedures will ensure continued asset control into the foreseeable future.”

As for his reaction to his selection, Fauver is both honored and humbled.

“I think it’s very important for everyone, regardless of position or location, to be recognized as both a valued and valuable member of the SLC. Sometimes we get so engrossed in the accomplishment of our jobs, looking ahead to what’s next and how to get there that we sometimes forget how far along we’ve come in service and support of the Fleet.

“I couldn’t be anywhere near as effective as I strive to be without the professionals on our SLC Staff. I really enjoy being part of part of a team like ours. I’m honored that so many of my colleagues and the SLC leadership have this level of regard for the job I do and the support I provide.”

The Submarine Learning Center's primary function is to create, coordinate and execute the future training and education vision for the Submarine Force. It is accountable for all undersea curriculums, training delivery methodologies, and for developing and maintaining professional development continuums for all undersea warfare officers and ratings to include Electronics Technician (communications and navigation), Fire Control Technician, Sonar Technician, Machinist's Mate (auxiliary and weapons), Missile Technician, and all nuclear training ratings.

For more information on the SLC, visit http://www.netc.navy.mil/centers/slc/Default.htm.

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