CIWT Det. Fort Gordon Pays Tribute to the Fallen
By CTC1 Kevin Barnes, Center for Information Warfare Training Det. Fort Gordon
FORT GORDON, GA -- Sailors from the Center for Information Warfare Training (CIWT) Det. Fort Gordon took a break from their busy class schedules, May 22, to pay tribute and honor the Sailors and Marines who have paid the ultimate sacrifice fighting for our country in the in the Middle East since 9/11.
Each year, the Marine Corps. Det. at Fort Gordon organizes the "Tribute to the Fallen" run that continues 24 hours a day for 10 days. Runners travel the three-mile trail around Barton Field carrying 21 rounds of ammunition and wearing three sets of dog tags, one for each mile, that represents three fallen service members. On the final day, various units from all military branches stationed at Fort Gordon complete the run together, and the 21 rounds are handed off to the firing squad, which renders a 21-gun salute.
"Going into Memorial Day, it is important that we to take the time to reflect and remember all those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving our nation," said ETCM John Dikun, CIWT Det. Fort Gordon's senior enlisted leader. "This unique memorial run afforded us the opportunity to pay tribute to over 1,500 Marines and Navy Corpsman who selflessly gave their lives in service to our country since the beginning of Operation Enduring Freedom."
As a training location for CIWT, CIWT Det. Fort Gordon delivers trained Information Warfare (IW) professionals to the Navy and joint services, enabling optimal performance of IW across the full spectrum of military operations. CIWT Det. Fort Gordon specializes in training to Fleet Sailors in the areas of satellite communications operation and maintenance, maritime cryptologic systems operation and maintenance, and language training, graduating approximately 225 students in 30 courses of instruction annually.
With four schoolhouse commands, two detachments and training sites throughout the United States and Japan, CIWT trains over 21,000 students every year, delivering trained IW professionals to the Navy and joint services. CIWT also offers more than 200 courses for cryptologic technicians, intelligence specialists, information systems technicians, electronics technicians and officers in the IW community.