Ormond Beach Native Vital in Training and Preparing IW Warriors
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Neo B. Greene III, Center for Information Warfare Training
PENSACOLA, Fla. An Ormond Beach, Florida, native is a vital asset for a Navy command responsible for teaching future information warriors the skills required to defend America around the world.
Ernie Hogan has served his country for a combined 40 years, and works as a cryptology assistant program manager, operating out of the Center for Information Warfare Training (CIWT) onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola Corry Station, Florida. For the past 13 years, he has served as a government employee, and prior to this, he proudly and honorably served in the U.S. Navy for 27 years as an electronic warfare technician, retiring at the rank of master chief in 2006.
As a cryptology assistant program manager, Hogan’s responsibilities include supervising 11 government officials, a junior officer and 14 senior enlisted cryptologists charged with managing CIWT’s cryptology technician (CT) and cryptology warfare officer courses. He is responsible for the oversight of 54 CT courses with an annual student throughput of about 4,300 personnel from all branches of service. Hogan is also the CIWT Sailor 2025 project lead and a liaison with Naval Education and Training Command (NETC)/Naval Air Warfare Training Systems Division for events in support of Ready Relevant Learning analysis, a pillar of the Navy’s Sailor 2025 initiative.
“Our CIWT domain is comprised of incredibly talented and professional people, and I’m grateful how our Navy civilians, like Mr. Hogan, play a vital role in the execution of our mission and in our warfighting effectiveness for the Navy the nation needs,” said Jim Hagy, CIWT’s executive director. “I’m humbled and honored to serve alongside him and for his dedication and service to not only this command, but this great nation.”
Hogan’s command is recognized as the Navy’s top learning center the past three years. The CIWT domain is charged with developing the future technical cadre of the information warfare community, and it leads, manages, and delivers Navy and joint force training to approximately 21,000 students annually.
With 1,200 military, civilian and contracted staff members, CIWT oversees about 200 courses at four information warfare training commands, two detachments, and additional learning sites located throughout the United States and Japan.
CIWT is responsible for training enlisted cryptologic technicians, information systems technicians, intelligence specialists, and electronics technicians. CIWT also provides training to cryptologic warfare, information professional, intelligence, and foreign area officers that prepares them to be prepared to wage battle, and assure the nation’s success in this burgeoning warfare arena.
“The CIWT team is successful because each of our domain members, like Mr. Hogan, focuses daily on our job to ‘prepare Sailors for war’ in our area of information warfare,” said CIWT’s Commanding Officer Capt. Nick Andrews. “I’m extremely proud of how the impact of his hard work prepares Sailors for the Navy the nation needs, enhancing fleet readiness each and every day.”
As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied-upon assets, Hogan and other CIWT staff and Sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes, serving as a key part of the information warfare community in its mission to gain a deep understanding of the inner workings of adversaries and developing unmatched knowledge of the battlespace during wartime.
These Sailors and staff have a tremendous responsibility in creating warfighting options for fleet commanders and advising decision makers at all levels as they serve worldwide aboard ships, submarines and aircraft and from the National Security Agency to the Pentagon.
“I really do enjoy my job, even on the toughest days,” said Hogan. “I like to think that we deliver a critical product that supports Sailors, Marines, Airmen, Soldiers and Coast Guardsmen on the pointed end of the spear, enabling them to protect our country and our way of life.”
With four schoolhouse commands, two detachments, and training sites throughout the United States and Japan, CIWT is recognized as Naval Education and Training Command’s top learning center for the past three years. Training over 21,000 students every year, CIWT delivers trained information warfare 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 information warfare community.
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