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Thieme Relieves Jarrett at Change of Command

GROTON, CONN (December 18, 2015 - Captain Aaron M Thieme relieved Captain Andrew C. Jarrett as commanding officer, Naval Submarine School, this morning, December 18, in change of command ceremonies at Submarine Base.

Captain Thieme graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering. Following nuclear power and submarine training, CAPT Thieme was assigned to USS Georgia (SSBN 729) Blue Crew from 1993 to 1996, where he qualified in submarines and completed five strategic deterrent patrols.

His next assignment was as Combat Systems Officer on USS Toledo (SSN 769) from 1999 to 2002. During this tour he deployed twice, once to the North Atlantic Ocean and once to the Mediterranean Sea. Following this tour, CAPT Thieme successfully completed the Royal Navy Submarine Command Course (Perisher) on HMS Tireless and HMS Sceptre.

As Executive Officer on USS Annapolis (SSN 760) from 2005 to 2006, CAPT Thieme completed a deployment to the Indian Ocean in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He commanded USS Oklahoma City (SSN 723) from 2008 to 2011, taking the ship through an Engineered Overhaul and change of homeport to Guam.

CAPT Thieme's other assignments included Deputy Commander for Training for COMSUBRON FOUR from 2011 to 2013, Operations Officer from COMSUBDEVRON TWELVE from 2002 to 2004 and duty as an NROTC instructor at the University of Mississippi from 1996 to 1998.

CAPT Thieme most recently served as the COMSUBLANT Prospective Commanding Officer Instructor.

Captain Andrew Jarrett, US NavyCaptain Jarrett, commanding officer of Naval Submarine School since July 2013, relieves Captain David Roberts Monday as commanding officer of the Submarine Learning Center.

But before reading his orders, he had some final thoughts for the command and staff he was leaving.

"It would be a strange naval officer who did not look forward to the time when he is ordered to take command, and it would be a strange officer who did not have some regrets at leaving his command wherever he is headed.

"Over the course of the last twenty-six years I have come to appreciate that this job is not about missions accomplished, or promotions received. Not about medals and decorations. No - it's about the great people you get to work with, those whose lives you have influenced as they have influenced yours.

"While I’ve always known that as submariners we are good at training," Jarrett continued, "my tour here has given me a much better appreciation of how good we really are. Because we are submariners we are obviously good at the technical side of training; techniques, curriculum, simulators, etc…but it is our passion for training, about helping those heading to and serving on our ships that makes us so good.

"When I took command I promised to give you my best effort and asked that you give me yours in return. You did that and so much more. Thank you for the honor of serving as your Captain."

Captain Jarrett was presented with the Legion of Merit (Gold Staar in lieu of Second Award) by Captain David A. RobertsDuring the ceremony, Jarrett was presented with the Legion of Merit (Gold Star in lieu of Second Award) by Captain David A. Roberts, commanding officer, Submarine Learning Center.

"In command of the largest fleet school in the Navy, Captain Jarrett's superb leadership of over 400 staff and management of 50 trainers worth in excess of $100 million ensured exceptional training was provided to over 5,000 officer and enlisted pipeline students, from E-1 to O-6.

"A master mentor, Captain Jarrett has had a significant and lasting impact on hundreds of Junior Officers in training and on staff.

"His dedication, passion and integrity made a dramatic impact on the training readiness of the entire submarine force."

With family, friends and shipmates enjoying the moment, Captain Thieme was concise and confident in his first remarks to the staff and Sailors of his new command.

"For the staff of Naval Submarine School...we are all about readiness: we facilitate readiness for our submarine crews to conduct challenging operations in dangerous environments. That readiness comes in two flavors: personal and team readiness...

Captain Aaron Thieme, US Navy"On the personal side, we teach and lead new accession Sailors and officer, not just on submarine skills but on resilience; developing habits and building skills that keep mind and body healthy and able to deal with the stresses of our warfightng profession.

"On the professional side, we cover the spectrum of skills in operations and maintenance, providing our force with the men and women who go to their submarines ready to continue to develop their submarine warfighting skills.

"Finally, we conduct team training to help teams work through challenging scenarios, assisting commanding officers in developing the skills their teams need and upon which the CO can build so the crew is ready for those challenging operations. "As we enter our hundredth year, it is incumbent upon us to continue to build a solid foundation of personal and professional readiness in the warfighters who pass through here so our force can continue to meet our nation's tasks, now and in the challenging years to come.

"I am honored to be part of a team that will do just that."

Submarine School Sailors Use a MAP to Advance on Their Career Paths

GROTON, CONN (July 15, 2016) - Instructors STS1 (SS) Wesley Martens and ETR1 (SS) Eugenius Paule made history as part of Naval Submarine School's Centennial becoming the first two staff Sailors meritoriously advanced under a recently expanded Navy program.

In April, the Navy's 2016 Meritorious Advancement Program (MAP) expanded commanding officers' authority to recognize superior performance and advance their very best Sailors. The changes were based on recommendations from senior enlisted leaders throughout the fleet and expanded program eligibility to include, for the first-time, shore commands.

For Naval Submarine School's Command Master Chief, Randall Reid, MAP is another tool on the leadership and motivation belt. "As a leader, you look for opportunities to recognize and reward your most talented Sailors. For years, an oft-heard phrase has been, 'raise me, don't just praise me' and seagoing commands had the ability to provide accelerated meritorious advancement; now shore commands can also use this same program.

Sonar Technician 1st Class (Submarines) Wesley Martens said, "...and then, I was at attention listening as my advancement orders were being read and Captain Thieme was shaking my hand!"

"Being able to recognize sustained superior performance and reward those Sailors who demonstrate it is obviously good for them and their families, but it's also a great tool for the entire command because it shows and tells every Sailor 'you are a valuable and valid member' of the Naval Submarine School and an integral part of our continued instructional excellence.'"

As for those 'valuable members,' Martens was momentarily speechless with surprise when he realized why he and Paule were requested 'front and center' by Captain Aaron Thieme, commanding officer, Naval Submarine School at a recent school-house awards ceremony. "I was there to help celebrate a shipmate who'd been nominated as a Sailor of the Quarter," Martens offered with a smile.

"And then, I was at attention listening as my advancement orders were being read and Captain Thieme was shaking my hand! "This is a huge honor! I've been acquiring the leadership skills I use on a daily basis every day I've been in the Navy to better assist my students in accomplishing their goals but my advancement formalizes the process and challenges me to work even harder to fulfill the promise the command sees in me."

Captain Thieme, who assumed command in December, was as pleased to be able to meritoriously advance two of his Sailors as they were to be advanced. "It's always a great day when you can recognize someone's good work, and MAP (the Meritorious Advancement Program) is tangible recognition. When the Sailor goes back to the fleet, he or she will tell other fleet Sailors, 'Look, it was hard work being an instructor at Naval Submarine School, but I was rewarded for it.'

Electronics Technician, Submarine, Communications 1st Class (Submarines) Eugenius Paule said, " I'm honored to be singled out and even more committed than ever to helping my students become as successful in their efforts as I have been in mine."

"And I can promise you now, whenever I have an opportunity to promote someone, and they deserve to be promoted, that's exactly what I'm going to do."

Paule was, in his own words, "beyond delighted" and impressed by the command's faith in his abilities. "There are a lot of very deserving Sailors with whom I work who could have been selected for meritorious advancement so I need to demonstrate every day selecting me was the right decision. It means so much that there are people in the Navy who see what you do and who recognize your hard work.

"I'm honored to be singled out and even more committed than ever to helping my students become as successful in their efforts as I have been in mine."

Hail to Our 2016 Chief Petty Officers!

GROTON, CONN (August, 2016) - Six Naval Submarine School Sailors have been selected for Chief Petty Officer. Bravo Zulu!

CPO 2016 Selectees

ITSC (SEL) Rocky Fain

MMWC (SEL) Brian Jonson

FSS (SEL) Nathaniel Miller

FTC (SEL) Jacob Poe

ETRC (SEL) Heath Spencer

ETRC (SEL) Nelson Velasquez, III

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Submarine School Names 2016 Instructors of the Year

GROTON, Conn (December 8, 2016) - Naval Submarine School has selected its Instructors of the Year for 2016.

Lieutenant Jacob Webb, Advanced Training and Readiness Department, was named as the Officer Instructor of the Year. As the Pre-Deployment Training, PDT, and Fleet Responsive Coordinator, LT Webb was responsible for not only the instruction but also the administration, development, and coordination of fleet responsive training. He was also involved in continually updating and improving exercise control guides to assure submarine crews were provided with the most up-to-date training in a constantly evolving and technical field, assisting to maximize their capabilities as a fighting force.

As the Subject Matter Expert, SME, for Tactical Refresher training, LT Webb communicated advanced submarine tactics and system employment to submarine crews. And in addition to providing outstanding training to waterfront submarines, Webb was also involved in the training of Submarine Officer Advanced Course, SOAC, students.

The Senior Enlisted Instructor of the Year, Chief Petty Officer Stephen Johnson is the Leading Chief Petty Officer of Apprentice Technical Training and provided significant improvements and instructional excellence to the Apprentice Technical Training, ATT, Missile Technician Apprentice Technical Training, MT "A," Prerequisite Electronic Technical Training, PETT, and Electronics Technician (Navigation) Class “A” School.

As the Apprentice Technical Training Leading Chief Petty Officer, Johnson mentored and developed over 600 initial accession Sailors while leading his division of eight instructors through a Human Performance Requirements Review, HPPR, resulting in the material readiness of training materials being restored to 100% while increasing training capability by 27 percent.

Petty Officer First Class Gregory Hawkins was selected as Mid-Grade Enlisted Instructor of the Year. As the Leading Petty Officer for Sonar Fleet Team Training, Hawkins’ experience and seasoned leadership of 13 Subject Matter Expert Sonar Technicians led to the successful completion of 2 Submarine Command Courses, 10 Intermediate Pre-Deployment Training evaluations, 15 submarine officer pipeline courses, 14 submarine proficiency trainings, numerous officer pipeline courses, and over 500 hours of fleet responsive training.

Petty Officer Hawkins is also one of two Naval Submarine School Master Training Specialist Command Assistants, responsible for the coordination and participation of 5 Instructor of the Quarter, 2 Instructor of the Year and 12 Master Training Specialist qualification boards. His engagement and involvement in the qualification goals contributed to over 40 Sailors qualifying Master Training Specialist in 2016, improving the overall size of the Naval Submarine School Master Training Specialist community by 2 percent.

The Junior Instructor of the Year, Petty Officer Second Class Frank Phelan, delivered 336 hours of instruction in submarine escape procedures, resulting in the graduation of 2,321 initial accession and fleet level students. Phelan organized 28 hours of Master Training Specialist training which resulted in the qualification of 11 additional Master Training Specialists at Naval Submarine School.

Petty Officer Phelan also supervised 24 Sailors through 178 hours of incident-free bottom time leading to the completion of 1,170 high risk buoyant-free ascents. He coordinated and supervised 35 proficiency and re-qualification scuba dives for an additional 175 Sailors directly contributing to fleet diver readiness for 11 submarines in the Northeast region.

All four were Naval Submarine School’s nominees to the Submarine Learning Center, SLC, for consideration as their Instructors of the Year with finalists recognized by the Naval Education and Training Command, NETC as the best instructors in the US Navy.

Naval Submarine School Celebrates Its 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 Its Centennial

“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.

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.

Naval Submarine School Celebrates Its Centennial

GROTON, Conn (January 13, 2017) - The Naval Submarine School received the Navy Education and Training Command, NETC, 2016 Retention Excellence Award when they re-enlisted 84.8% of their eligible personnel.

The Command Retention Team together with Acting Command Master Chief Machinist Mate Master Chief (Submarines) Joseph Rudofski and the commanding officer, Captain Aaron Thieme, formally raised their Retention Excellence Award pennant Friday, 13 January.

The Command Retention Team with CAPT Thieme and Master Chief Rudofski

"It's hard to capture what the award means to us, after I say 'a lot,' because what we've done is set a standard both for ourselves and for other commands to follow," said Master Chief Rudofski.

He went on to add, "this is a team award and a total team effort. Without our Department Career Counselors, we would and could not be enjoying this moment. The command, Naval Submarine School, is being honored but it's FT1 (SS) Brendan Hunscher, STS1 (SS) Christopher Remiesiewicz, MMW1 (SS) Alexander Behne, FT1 (SS) Benjamin Campbell, STS1 (SS) Daniel Scarlatella, ETR1 (SS) Stephen Edward, ETV2 (SS) Joseph Delia, MMW2 (SS) Erich Simpson and EM2 (SW) Kyle Ross, working with our NCC (SW/AW) Bobbie Gunderson, who should be celebrated."

The Retention Excellence Awards are given annually to commands which meet or exceed the standards set by their TYCOM for that fiscal year. Naval Submarine School last received the award in 2005.

NETC's fiscal year 2016's standard was to meet or exceed the 35 percent reenlistment requirement in Zone A, 51 percent in Zone B, 60 percent in Zone C, and have an attrition rate of 5 percent or less in Zone A, as well as Zero-Fail-to-Submits in Career Waypoints, and a minimum of 85 percent compliance with the Veterans Opportunity to Work, VOW, Act of 2011.

Zone AZone BZone C

Zone A represents those Sailors with six or less years of service. Zone B are those Sailors with more than six and less than ten years of service and Zone C are those Sailors with 10-14 years of service.

Naval Submarine School enlisted 24 Sailors in 2016; 1 in Zone A, 16 in Zone B, and 7 in Zone C.

According to NCC (SW/AW) Bobbie Gunderson, Command Career Counselor, one of the significant contributing factors to achieving high retention rates is the command's training, education, and career development boards.

"We make sure our Sailors understand their career paths, rating manning levels, what programs are available to them, and how to retain eligibility to reenlist,: Gunderson said.

"During career development boards,": she offered, "we work person by person to make sure every Sailor is getting the right schools, training, and qualifications at the right time to keep them competitive with their peers."

Don Barnes is 2016 Civilian of the Year

GROTON, Conn (January 27, 2017) - Naval Submarine School recognized its 2016 top civilian performer, Mr. Donald Barnes, as Civilian of the Year in ceremonies at Bledsoe Hall, Friday, 27 January.

Captain Aaron Thieme, commanding officer Naval Submarine School, in announcing the award, praised Barne’s effort and administrative acumen, noting "he ensured the flawless delivery of administrative, pay and personnel services to a population of 1,800 staff and students.

Don Barnes Accepts Congratulations from Captain Aaron Thieme

"He trained a staff of out of rate labor-of-opportunity Sailors to accomplish a myriad of tasks and provide services to overcome manning shortages.

"His administrative expertise and thorough knowledge of pay and personnel programs ensured the flawless delivery of a wide range of administrative services to a population of 1,800 staff and students."

Barnes is Naval Submarine School's Personnel and Administrative Officer and leads a staff that coordinates with Team New London commands including, Naval Submarine Base, Naval Branch Health Clinic and Personnel Support Detachment to establish personnel and administrative procedures and processes that ensure Naval Submarine School staff and students are fully supported in executing the school’s training mission.

n 2016, Naval Submarine School graduated nearly 51,000 Sailors from one hundred and fifty-three different courses.

Charlie Magnan Is Naval Submarine School Civilian of the Quarter

GROTON, Conn (May 2, 2017) - Naval Submarine School recognized its top civilian performer, Ms. Charlie Magnan, as Civilian of the Second Quarter of 2017 in ceremonies at Bledsoe Hall, Friday, 28 April.

Announcing his selection, Captain Aaron Thieme, commanding officer Naval Submarine School, praised Magnan "for superior performance of her demanding duties in an exemplary and highly professional manner.

Charlie Magnan with her award

"She independently rejuvenated the periodic review of Naval Submarine School instructions ensuring they remained current and relevant.

"Displaying a dedication to Naval Submarine School's success, she willingly stood in as the Commanding Officer's secretary during the incumbent's absence and ensured the daily routine was executed without interruption, allowing for the continued smooth operation of Command Suite functions."

Magnan serves in the Training Support Division, providing customer service for staff and students across a wide range of programs and issues. She helps assure a high level of customer service and satisfaction for all Naval Submarine School's staff and students.

Submarine School Sailors Selected for Advancement

GROTON, Conn (June 6, 2017) - Captain Aaron Thieme celebrated the achievement of his Sailors in advancement ceremonies at Naval Submarine School, Friday, June 2.

Those advanced included: ETVCS (SS) Ian Martin, ETV1 (SS) Caleb Bentz, STS1 (SS) Matthew Blythe, RP1 Thomas Campion, ETR1 (SS) Jesse DeHaven, ETV1 (SS) Joseph Delia, ABE1 Luis Garcia, Jr., MMA1 (SS) Jeffrey Garrett, FT1 (SS) William Greenberg, MMW1 (SS) Keith Kolodjeski, STS1 (SS) Jamil Merchant, ETR1 (SS) Cody Murray, ETV1 (SS) Carlos Nazario, FC1 Lisa Reaux, ETV1 (SS) Jason Robinson, STS1 (SS) Shawn Ryan, ETV1 Dominic Sisto, FT1 (SS) Christopher Trevino, ETR1 (SS) Christopher Trueman, STS2 (SS) Samuel King and IT2 Ryan Marsi.

Instructional Excellence Recognized

GROTON, Conn (June 29, 2017) - Machinist's Mate (Weapons) 2nd Class (Submarines) Erich Simpson and Navy Diver 1st Class (DSW/EXW/SW/AW) Matthew Greiner were selected as Naval Submarine School's Junior Instructor and Instructor of the Third Quarter, respectively, in award ceremonies held Thursday.

Simpson is a Machinist's Mate Weapons (MMW) instructor, Torpedo Division, of Naval Submarine School's Engineering/High Risk Training Department. He was lauded for his achievement in the training and mentoring of 70 initial accession and 7 rate conversion Sailors and also praised for displaying sound leadership and technical expertise with tailored mentoring and instruction that resulted in two Master Training Specialist qualifications with zero student attritions for academic reasons.

Captain Aaron Thieme congratulates MMW2 (SS) Erich Simpson

Simpson received the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Gold Star in lieu of Third Award, in recognition of his achievement.

Greiner is a High Risk Instructor at Naval Submarine School's Pressurized Submarine Escape Training (PSET) facility, Engineering and High Risk Training Department. He conducted 45 hours of podium and 126 hours of laboratory instruction leading to the successful graduation of 375 initial accession and fleet level students. He was commended for his exceptional mentorship resulting in five of his peers qualifying as High Risk Instructors.

ND1 (DSW/EXW/SW/AW) Matthew Greiner accepts an award and congratulations from Captain Aaron Thieme

Greiner received the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Silver Star in lieu of Sixth Award.

Hail to Our 2017 Chief Petty Officers!

GROTON, Conn (September 6, 2017) - In just a matter of days, Naval Submarine School Sailors will welcome its newest Chief Petty Officers. Congratulations to one and all! Bravo Zulu!

Chief Petty Officer

STSC (SS) Alan E. Baltes
HTC(SW/AW) Drew. W. Bowen
ETVC(SS) Nicolas J. Cusack
FTC(SS) Shawn R. Graham
STSC(SS) Arturo D. Harman
ETVC(SS) Gerardo A. Hernandez
MMAC(SS) Joshua M. Kerr
ITSC(SS) Russell T. King II
HMC(SS) Ralf Lange
STSC(SS) Travis J. Lunsford
STSC(SS) Timothy J. Mays
STSC(SS) Charles R. McArthur
STSC(SS) Brian S. Mohr
ETRC(SS) David A. Pennick
TSC(SS) Adam K. Purcell
ETVC(SS) Alfa Ramadan
ETVC(SS) Brenden J. Serdiuk
STSC(SS) David N. Thompson III

ITWC GROTON ETRC(SS) Matthew Williams

McPartland Is 2017 Junior Sailor of the Year

GROTON, Conn (November 1, 2017) - Naval Submarine School announced its Instructors of the Year (IOY) during an awards ceremony October 17.

ABH2 (AW/SW) Michael MePartland, Junior Sailor of the Year

McPartland was cited for his professional achievement while serving as the Leading Petty Officer, Legal Division, in the Training Support Department.

Petty Officer McPartland led and trained twelve out-of-rate Sailors in the execution of over one hundred-fifty judicial punishment packages, six courts martial, sixty-five enlistment waivers, and assisted in the preparation of over one hundred and sixty-eight administrative separations.

His encouragement and guidance resulted in three of his Sailors receiving promotions to include one command meritorious and two rate exam advancements. Showing support to the local community McPartland also dedicated over fifty hours to community relations outreaches and projects.

Submarine School Names 2017 Instructors of the Year

GROTON, Conn (November 1, 2017) - Naval Submarine School announced its Instructors of the Year (IOY) during an awards ceremony October 17.

"These selections epitomize the dedication and professionalism of instructors we have here at the center of submarine force training excellence,” said Capt. Aaron Thieme, NSS commanding officer. “I have every confidence they will continue to provide our Sailors with the needed and necessary training for the world’s finest submarine force."

Thieme said the selection boards for the IOY’s were especially competitive this year because of the large number of highly-qualified candidates under consideration.

NSS 2017 Instructors of the Year:

Lt. Zachary Prefontaine

Senior Enlisted
Senior Chief Electronics Technician, Submarine, Navigation Michael Corder

Mid-Grade Enlisted
Navy Diver 1st Class Matthew Greiner

Junior Enlisted
Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Erich Simpson

All are Naval Submarine School’s nominees to the Submarine Learning Center, SLC, for consideration as their Instructors of the Year with finalists recognized by the Naval Education and Training Command, NETC as the best instructors in the US Navy.

Submarine School Names 2017 Instructors of the Year

GROTON, Conn (November 21, 2017) - Naval Submarine School (NSS) announced the selection of Silvio Querido as the Civilian of the Quarter (COQ) for the fourth quarter of 2017 on Nov. 20.

Querido began working for NSS in 2012. He is a member of the Training Support Department and serves as training technician for all NSS students, facilitating gains, transfers, and program screenings.

Silvio Querido accepts a congratulatory handshake and awards plaque from CAPT Aaron Thieme

NSS Commanding Officer, Captain Aaron Thieme, praised Querido as "the driving force for all student transfer availablilities as well as those in awaiting-transfer status."

He also noted, "(Querido) personally ensured clear status was communicated up and down the chain of command and tirelessly worked to resolve the myriad issues associated with end-of-fiscal-year constraints to ensure our students transferred as efficiently as possible."

aval Submarine School, established in 1916 and the oldest fleet functional school in the U. S. Navy, trained over 50,000 students in over 150 different courses in 2016.

Submarine School Sailors Advanced

GROTON, Conn (December 1, 2017) - Congratulations to instructors and staff Sailors advanced in ceremonies at Naval Submarine School, Friday, Dec. 1.

Those advanced include: ITS1 (SS) Caleb Allen, FT1 (SS) Steven Barry, STS1 (SS) Stewart Callaway, ITS1 (SS) Maryam Gaskin, ETR3 (SS) Joshua Hanley, STS1 (SS) Stephen Holley, STS3 (SS) Tyler Jones, STS1 (SS) Kyle Kufahl, ETV1 (SS) Shawn Loftus, ITS2 (SS) Daniel Martin, OS3 (SS) Tyler Nalley, ETV1 (SS) Edward Schwebel, STS3 (SS) Nicholas Scott, MMW1 (SS) Erich Simpson, ETR1 (SS) Roger Slone, ETV2 (SS) Kameron Stowe, STS3 (SS) Ross Talley, STS1 (SS) Matthew Wagner,and ET2 Erica Willenberg.

BZ to our Sailors