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Developing the Sonar Technician Surface Combat Systems Training Continuum

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SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center (FLEASWTRACEN), which manages and operates Sonar Technician Surface (STG) "A" and "C" schools, hosted the STG combat systems strategic training ratings review (CSSTRR) at their facility onboard Naval Base Point Loma July 21 - 23. 
Twenty-four U.S. Navy commands and three ships, including the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), the guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) and the future guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), attended to discuss STG career paths, manning, training, different community and platform requirements, and Sailor 2025. 
Representatives from fleet and training commands, SQQ-89 and LCS program offices, as well as community managers from the Navy Personnel Command, attended the event. 
The Center for Surface Combat Systems (CSCS) oversees 14 learning sites, including FLEASWTRACEN, and is responsible for combat systems training across the rates of fire controlman, operations specialist, gunner's mate, sonar technician surface, mineman, interior communications electrician, and electronics technician. 
In December 2014, CSCS developed the CSSTRR to review each rating in a series of strategic reviews that will serve to form the basis for a formal training approach. The STG CSSTRR is the fourth review to be completed. 
FLEASWTRACEN's Senior Instructor Senior Chief Sonar Technician (Surface) Keith Albro, who coordinated the event, says the review was a great way to discuss the future of the STG rating.
"The STG CSSTRR was an opportunity for all STG rating stakeholders, from the initial accession Sailor to the Echelon II commands, to come together to address shortfalls in our community and develop a plan for future training and manning," Albro explained. "We developed a way forward in which our rating will become more effective in the execution of the anti-submarine warfare (ASW) mission." 
Capt. Scott Dugan, FLEASWTRACEN commanding officer, says the review was a success. 
"All attendees who were present for the three-day event have a better grasp of the needs of the community and how each organization plays a role in improving ASW training regardless of platform or community," Dugan said. "The goals of the review were focused on achieving the first stage of implementation of the Sailor 2025 initiative. More specifically, the forum looked to identify what aspects of the STG continuum required improvement, analyzed how to reduce accession training time, investigated ways to implement technology in the process, and executed a training program for Delayed Entry Program (DEP) Sailors."
Mine Warfare Training Center (MWTC) will host the next review, mineman rating, Sept. 1 - 3, at the Naval Mine and Antisubmarine Warfare Command (NMAWC) Complex onboard Naval Base Point Loma in FLEASWTRACEN Building 52. It is critical that senior mine warfare officers and enlisted MN subject matter experts (SME), the limited duty officer (LDO) community, and senior surface warfare officers attend. 
"These CSSTRR events, sponsored by CSCS, are imperative to the future of combat systems training," Dugan said. 
FLEASWTRACEN provides enlisted personnel with the knowledge, ability, and skills to operate and maintain shipboard sonar systems through timely, effective, and integrated training delivered across Sailors' careers. FLEASWTRACEN also provides officers and operation specialists with the knowledge, ability, and skills to become anti-submarine evaluators, anti-submarine warfare tactical air controllers, air intercept controllers, and sea combat air controllers. FLEASWTRACEN utilizes a blended learning solution that includes standard classrooms, hands-on labs, simulations, as well as computer-based and interactive courseware training.
For information on the Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center, visit https://www.netc.navy.mil/centers/cscs/fasw/
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For more news from Center for Surface Combat Systems, visit www.navy.mil/local/cscs/

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