As IAMD WTIs arrive on the waterfront, their influence will extend beyond the lifelines and will impact all levels of operations. LT Chris Murphy is a WTI student who is slated to CSCS Det Norfolk. Murphy most recently served as fire control officer (FCO) in USS RAMAGE (DDG 61), and completed his first division officer tour aboard USS JOHN S. MCCAIN (DDG-56). He served as AAW and BMD mission leads, and Air Warfare Coordinator and BMD Watch Officer during RAMAGE’s recent Mediterranean deployment.
“On deployment I was exposed to the full range of IAMD missions, and realized the need for advanced tactical training and TTP development in the surface community,” says Murphy. “I’m really excited to be a member of this WTI class, and am looking forward taking what I learn here to the Fleet. I’m glad to see the SWO community commit to advanced tactical training.”
Class 14-0020 convened on 27 May 14 and will graduate on 03 October 14. Class 14-0020 is filled to capacity with twelve Surface Line officers (1110). Five candidates will form the initial cadre of Force Air Defense Officer (FADO) Instructors at Center for Surface Combat Systems waterfront detachments. Three candidates are expected to fill IAMD training positions at Afloat Training Group commands. Two candidates are assigned to SWOS awaiting Department Head training and one candidate is assigned to NAMDC. The remaining candidate will be assigned to the Naval Surface Warfare Development Command in San Diego, CA. These students represent a wide range of IAMD expertise and experiences that greatly benefit the interaction and learning in both the classroom and the laboratory. Fiscal Year 2015 course convenings are scheduled for October 2014, March 2015 and August 2015.
IAMD WTI candidates will be post-division Officers (SWOs and Surface LDO/CWOs) who have been recommended by their Commanding Officers, completed the application process, screened by Navy Personnel Command, and approved by NAMDC. Selectees who successfully complete the curriculum will be designated as an IAMD WTI and will receive the KB1 additional qualification designator. Pre-requisites for submitting and application are TS/SCI clearance, SWO qualification, Aegis and-or SSDS tactical shipboard experience, acceptance of the Junior SWO Critical Skills Bonus, Air Warfare Coordinator and-or Tactical Action Officer Qualification, and Commanding Officer’s recommendation. Interested Officers should contact their detailers and-or NAMDC at COMPACFLT_DLGR.NAMDC_WTI@navy.mil.
Each IAMD WTI will depart Dahlgren with a level of IAMD subject matter expertise that is unmatched. The IAMD WTI will develop a level of confidence that allows them to deliver a standardized level of advanced tactical training to junior and senior members of watch teams, including Commanding Officers. Ultimately, the IAMD WTI’s will arrive in ships, staffs and training commands across the entire fleet and directly influence fleet IAMD readiness.
Commanding Officers are encouraged to promote this program with all members of the wardroom. The IAMD mission is complex and a significant investment in education, training, and experience is required to produce the warfighters of tomorrow.
“Like other specialties, the IAMD mission is so incredibly broad, deep and complex, that it takes a significant amount of education, training, and experience for any officer to master. This is a professional commitment to which young officers must commit and senior officers must foster. The Weapons Tactics Instructor program initiated by NAMDC is a step in the right direction.”
Captain Jim Kilby
Deputy for Ballistic Missile Defense, AEGIS Combat Systems and Destroyers in the Surface Warfare Directorate (N96)
and Prospective Commander, Naval Surface Warfare Development Command.