Welcome to the Fleet's only MH-53E Training School! Our mission is to provide the best initial and refresher training to pilots and aircrew. The men and women that leave this command will be the best-trained and ready to report for a follow-on, highly successful tour in the MH-53E community.
I am proud to serve as your Commanding Officer. As such, I am dedicated to fostering a superior professional environment with a highly efficient training organization that strives for excellence in everything we do.
Philosophy: Airborne Mine Countermeasures, vertical onboard delivery, and the numerous other important missions that are conducted by the MH-53E are vital to sustainment of the fleet and essential to ensuring that we prevail in battle. It is our collective jobs to ensure that the men and women that leave this command are provided with the strongest possible systems knowledge and the strongest possible flying skills. This can only be accomplished by the following:
Professionalism: As the MH-53E FRS, we need to hold ourselves to the highest level of professionalism. We must force ourselves to raise the bar even higher than our shipmates in fleet squadrons in order that every man and women in this command can act as stewards of the AMCM community. Take pride in ownership and never lose sight of the fact that not only are we training the future, but also we are the gateway to this small, dedicated, and critical warfare community.
Efficiency: We must all strive to be efficient in order to provide the greatest training impact from our valuable resource--training time. Make the most of every training evolution--the next time might not be training!
I expect each of you to teach effectively utilizing both the highest standards of knowledge and conduct for yourself and for the individuals being trained.
Excellence: Truly strive for excellence in everything that you do. Your duty is to constantly improve the way in which we train, and it is incumbent upon each of us to find ways to do just that, while flying safely, and maintaining our Core Values of Honor, Courage and Commitment.
In Short: Train like we fight, fight like we train.
AWSTS is the entrance to the MH-53E community and you should be proud to uphold the AWSTS motto that "Only the finest pilots and aircrew pass through these halls."
AWSTS Commanding Officer