Left to right: Capt. Ian Hall, commanding officer and Rear Adm. Mike Shatynski, Deputy Commander
120315-N-ZY859-001 DAHLGREN, Va. (March 15, 2012) - Left to right: Capt. Ian Hall, commanding officer, Aegis Training and Readiness Center, and Rear Adm. Mike Shatynski, Deputy Commander, Naval Surface Forces pose for a photo in front of the schoolhouse. (U.S. Navy photo by Daryl Roy, Aegis Training and Readiness Center)
Deputy Commander, Naval Surface Forces visits Dahlgren
By Kimberly M. Lansdale, Center for Surface Combat Systems
DAHLGREN, Va - Aegis Training and Readiness Center (ATRC) onboard Naval Support Facility here, announced March 22 that the deputy commander, Naval Surface Forces recently toured its facility.

Rear Adm. Mike Shatynski visited the training center to get a better sense of how the school teaches Sailors to operate and maintain surface combat systems and provide top-notch training. Capt. Ian Hall, ATRC's commanding officer provided the admiral with an in-depth tour of the facility, including observing students in labs and classrooms, while explaining how Sailors are effectively taught through a blended learning solution that includes standard classrooms, hands-on labs, simulations, as well as computer-based and interactive courseware training.

"We highlighted new combat system technologies that are scheduled for installation during the cruiser and destroyer modernization programs, and how we will adapt, adding to our curriculum, while still maintaining our training mission for the legacy Aegis fleet," Hall said. "It's an exciting time for the ATRC staff as we, in conjunction with Naval Sea Systems Command and Center for Surface Combat Systems (CSCS), execute the set of courses for the first ship to undergo modernization. We are thrilled to share these changes to training with the admiral."

ATRC trains Sailors across the range of warfare capability to maintain and operate combat systems and weapons.

"It's important for senior leadership, such as Rear Adm. Shatynski, to visit our schoolhouse and observe training," said Instructor Lt. Mark Rinschler. "I want Navy leadership to see that our instructors are supporting the maritime strategy by preparing Sailors to be combat ready."

After the tour Shatynski, spoke with ATRC leadership about the training he observed.

"I was extremely impressed by the enthusiasm of these students," said Shatynski. "This is exactly the level of professionalism we need from the Sailors who will be responsible for our Aegis weapons systems, one of the most effective tools in the fleet's arsenal. The exceptional training they receive will prepare them to return to their ships ready to contribute and make an immediate impact."

ATRC delivers instruction 24 hours a day, five days a week. Nearly 1,200 enlisted fire controlmen and more than 500 surface warfare, limited duty and aviation officers graduate annually. Military instructors are typically fleet returnees who bring relevant, recent experience to the classroom. Contracted instructors are typically prior Aegis Sailors who provide continuity to the instructional staff. Electronic classrooms, electronic technical manuals, and long-range connectivity allow for continued expansion of the quantity and quality of training to meet growing training requirements. ATRC's ongoing efforts include examining new technologies and training methods for innovative, less costly ways to train to meet new challenges and needs of the United States Navy.

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