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CIWT Det. Fort Gordon Commemorates the Battle of Midway
By CTC1 Kevin Barnes, CIWT Det. Fort Gordon
FORT GORDON, GA -- Center for Information Warfare Training (CIWT) Det. Fort Gordon, Georgia, observed the 77th anniversary of the Battle of Midway, June 4.
The Sailors held a ceremony honoring the memory of what is considered to be the turning point in the Pacific theater of World War II.
On June 4-6, 1942, the U.S. Navy defeated the Japanese Imperial Navy in a battle fought almost entirely by aircraft launched from the carriers USS Enterprise (CV 6), USS Hornet (CV 8), and USS Yorktown (CV 5). During the conflict, American forces sank four Japanese aircraft carriers, and the Japanese sank USS Yorktown.
Led by ADM Chester Nimitz, the U.S. Pacific Fleet’s victory in the decisive battle allowed the United States and its allies to begin taking offensive action in the Pacific.
A crucial element to the victory at Midway came when Navy code-breakers at a radio signal monitoring unit called “Station HYPO” intercepted and broke the Japanese JN-25 naval code. This particular code was used for high-level command and control communications across the Japanese Fleet. When it was discovered that Japanese forces had plans to attack the U.S. outpost at Midway Island, the U.S. Navy was able to prepare a counterattack.
“We can remember the Battle of Midway with great pride as Information Warfare specialists, knowing that our predecessors were able to make such an impact on the outcome of the fight,” said CTCCS Casey Combes.
Students at the det organized and hosted the ceremony, which included a slideshow and a recited timeline of the events of the battle.
CIWT Det. Fort Gordon is slated to observe a moment of silence during a command picnic, June 7, in remembrance of the final day of the battle and the 307 service members lost in the fight.
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.
CIWT has four schoolhouse commands, two detachments and training sites throughout the United States and Japan. Training over 21,000 students every year, CIWT delivers trained IW to the Navy and joint services.