WTI Pride
Warfare tactics instructors (WTI)

Integrated air and missile defense (IAMD) warfare tactics instructors (WTI) from left to right, Lt. Cmdr. Matt Cox, Lt. Cmdr. Chris Kennedy, Lt. Cmdr. Clarence Harris, Lt. Cmdr. Chris Polnaszek, and Lt. Cmdr. Mike Dwan, showcase their red and black WTI patches onboard USS Lake Erie (CG 70). The tactical quintet was on board to lead an in port combat scenario. Akin to Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) for the Navy’s best aviators, SMWDC is charged with increasing the tactical proficiency of the Surface Fleet by selecting an elite cadre of Surface Warfare Officers (SWOs) to become WTIs – the tactical best of the best. WTIs come from three Surface Warfare communities: integrated air and missile defense, amphibious warfare, or anti-submarine/anti-surface warfare. And they’re best identified in the fleet by their red and black patches.


Warfare tactics instructors (WTI), from left to right, Lt. Cmdr. Mike Dwan, Lt Doug Wilkins, Lt. Lisa Schmidt, Lt Joseph Lewis, Lt Scott Margolis, Lt. Andrew Blanco, Lt Weston Floyd, LT Justin Bolly, Lt. Serg Samardzic, Lt. Rebecca O'Brien, and Lt. Cmdr. Derek Rader pause for a group photo at Naval Air Station (NAS) Fallon, in Nevada. The 11 integrated air and missile defense (IAMD) WTIs participated in a pilot integrated air defense course (IADC) -- a joint effort led by the Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) and Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center (NAWDC). IADC will activate in late 2016 and train carrier air wings, carrier strike groups, and air and missile defense commanders in a simulated training environment at NAS Fallon. Several IAMD WTIs will teach and train the inaugural course alongside their aviation counterparts from Navy Weapons Fighter School (TOPGUN).


The Naval Surface and Mine Warfigting Development Center (SMWDC) proudly welcomes the next cohort of 42 future warfare tactics instructor (WTI) -- class 16-0020. The new class of WTI candidates stem from three individual surface warfare areas: 14 in integrated air and missile defense; 18 in anti-submarine / anti-surface, 10 amphibious warfare -- plus the first Royal Australian Navy WTI candidate. All candidates successfully completed SMWDC's two-week core (baseline) course of instruction in San Diego. The 42 candidates are now enrolled in their mission-specific WTI curricula in Dahlgren, Virginia; Little Creek, Virginia and San Diego. They will graduate Fall 2016.

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