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First students graduate inaugural Intelligence Specialist Strike “C” School onboard NAS Fallon

200410-N-NO101-1001 FALLON, Nev. (April 10, 2020) Graduates of the inaugural class of the Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center’s (NAWDC) Strike Warfare Intelligence Analyst “C” School pose for a group photo in front of NAWDC at Naval Air Station Fallon, Nev., April 10, 2020. Graduates of the eight-week course are from left to right: Intelligence Specialist 1st Class Evan Volkema, Intelligence Specialist 1st Class Kevin Talley and Intelligence Specialist 2nd Class Natalie Asbury, and (back) Intelligence Specialist 2nd Class Jaelene Sanchez, Intelligence Specialist 2nd Class Mitchel Coyle, and Intelligence Specialist Seaman Brian Quintana. (U.S. Navy photo by Scott Koepsell/Released)
April 19, 2020

The Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center (NAWDC) graduated its inaugural class of Strike Warfare Intelligence Analyst “C” School students onboard Naval Air Station Fallon April 10.

The eight-week course consisted of a specialized curriculum and hands-on systems training to prepare graduates to support the fleet with state-of-the-art technologies, including studies in Target Coordinate Mensuration (TCM), Target Material Production (TMP), and Training, Qualification, Certification and Proficiency (TQCP) Processes.

“I’m incredibly proud of the way our students have conducted themselves over the course of this rigorous training curriculum,” said Cmdr. Joseph Fraser, director of Information Warfare. “Our syllabus is reflective of our commitment to producing the best and the brightest in Naval Aviation, delivering exceptional expertise back to the fleet. These graduates have been truly exemplary, and have set a very high bar for those who follow them.”

The NAWDC Strike Warfare Intelligence Analyst “C” school is the first of its kind in the Navy, where most “C” school certifications are delivered at a traditional Navy training center. The implementation of the “C” school as part of NAWDC’s curriculum comes at the imperative to produce forward-thinking specialists proficient in sophisticated warfare tactics, ready to win in a high-end fight.

“The inaugural Strike ‘C’ school at NAWDC is a reflection of ready, relevant learning initiatives,” said Senior Chief Intelligence Specialist Joshua Linares, Information Warfare Directorate Senior Enlisted Leader. “We are forging the way forward to develop expertly-trained and qualified Intelligence Specialists to perform a niche capability required to support component commanders and combat operations. This first graduating class is the result of our community constantly improving and refining our practices in an ever-changing environment to support the warfighter.”

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Graduates of the school are certified to operate cutting-edge systems to support combat operations. With “C” school behind them, they’ll be sent throughout the fleet to follow-on commands to use their skills in real-world applications.

The TQCP process used at the school provides for the training and certification of TCM analysts to operate specified National Geospatial Intelligence Agency-validated software such as Common Geopositioning Services combined with SOCET GXP and related targeting applications and equipment. SOCET GXP is a geospatial-intelligence software package that uses imagery from satellite and aerial sources to identify, analyze and extract ground features quickly, allowing for rapid product creation. In addition, it provides training on how to validate tasking and targets, perform coordinate mensuration and produce and disseminate targeting materials in a precision targeting environment consistent with standardized joint and operational theater requirements.

NAWDC, located at Naval Air Station Fallon, is the center of excellence for naval aviation training and tactics development. Providing service to aircrews, squadrons and air wings throughout the United States Navy, the command trains air wings, produces Weapons and Tactics instructors and develops subject matter expertise to ensure victory in combat. Delivering increased capability through integrated warfare, advanced tactics, techniques and procedures, advanced skills and tailorable expertise, NAWDC’s vision is to ensure a trained, effective and lethal Naval Aviation force to win the high-end fight.

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This article was originally published by the US Navy.