Naval Service Training Command Names Officer Instructor of the Year

19 December 2019

From Darwin Lam

Naval Service Training Command (NSTC) recently named Lt. Sarah E. Howe the 2019 Officer Instructor of the Year (IOY).

Naval Service Training Command (NSTC) recently named Lt. Sarah E. Howe the 2019 Officer Instructor of the Year (IOY).

Howe, 32, is a native of Norwood, Massachusetts, and a graduate of Georgetown University where she earned her Bachelors of Science in Nursing with a Certificate in International Health in 2009. Following graduation, she became a nurse before earning her commission in 2015 as a U. S. Navy Nurse Corps officer.

“Anyone coming to Officer Training Command Newport (OTCN) needs to understand the weight of the responsibility we have here, training the next generation of future leaders in the Navy,” said Howe, currently an instructor at Officer Development School (ODS). “You have to be passionate because we’re creating a foundation and need to offer the best instruction to young Sailors.”

Howe’s previous assignments include the Portsmouth Naval Medical Center with the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and the USNS Comfort (T-AH 20). Howe deployed to Puerto Rico in 2017, while assigned to hospital ship Comfort, to provide medical assistance following the deadly Category 5 Hurricane Maria that devastated the island.

“We are proud to have Lt. Howe selected as the NSTC IOY. She is a true role model, exemplifying both the maturity and professionalism we expect of all our instructors behind the podium,” said Capt. Mark A. Nicholson, the commanding officer of OTCN.

“Lt. Howe’s model performance as an instructor and subsequent selection as NSTC’s IOY are clear evidence of her unsurpassed talent and the gold standard of accession training excellence cultivated aboard this command every single day,” said Chief Warrant Officer Jason W. Potts, an instructor at the Limited Duty Officer/Chief Warrant Officer Academy. “I'm so proud to have been a small part of the organization that attracts and applies rare talents for the cause of educating and developing the next generation of commissioned naval leadership.” Potts was the NSTC IOY in 2018.

“We provide guidance to the instructors, but the Sailors who chose to be here are already extraordinary,” said LT Jacqueline Linster, the Learning Standards Officer for OTCN.

ODS provides Staff Corps Officers and several Restricted Line designators with training necessary to prepare them to function in their role as newly commissioned Naval Officers.

Headquartered in Newport, Rhode Island, OTCN oversees Officer Candidate School, Officer Development School and Limited Duty Officer/Chief Warrant Officer Academy.

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OTCN is part of the Naval Service Training Command (NSTC) domain. Rear Adm. Jamie Sands commands NSTC and he, along with his headquarters staff at Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois, supports 98 percent of initial officer and enlisted accessions training for the Navy, as well as the Navy’s Citizenship Development program. Along with OTCN, NSTC supports Recruit Training Command (RTC) also at Naval Station Great Lakes; the Naval Reserve Officers Training Command (NROTC) program at more than 160 colleges and universities; and the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) and Navy National Defense Cadet Corps (NDCC) citizenship development programs at more than 600 high schools worldwide.


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