By Lt. Cmdr. Chris Donlon, Navy Office of Community Outreach
Petty Officer 3rd Class Jaremy Neufeldt, a native of Salem, Oregon, is serving at the Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC) at Corry Station in Pensacola, Florida.
As a student at IWTC, Neufeldt is serving among the future generation of information warfighters.
Students at IWTC are taught the requirements and skills needed to be successful in their new careers.
Neufeldt joined the Navy one year ago. Today, Neufeldt serves as a cryptologic technician.
“I was accepted to a medical school but decided to join the Navy instead,” said Neufeldt. “I was headed down an ‘old man’s’ career path but wanted to do ‘young man’ things while I was still young. So, I pursued special operations in the Navy.”
According to Neufeldt, the values required to succeed in the Navy are similar to those found in Salem.
“My parents own a family diner, so I grew up with a great example of good work ethic from a young age,” said Neufeldt. “Working hard was an expectation in my family. Therefore, hard work in the Navy is second nature.”
IWTC, one of Center for Information Warfare Training (CIWT)’s four training commands, provides schooling for the Navy and joint services in cryptologic, information systems and cyber functions: enabling optimal performance of information warfare across the full spectrum of military operations.
Headquartered in Pensacola, Florida, CIWT delivers trained information warfare professionals to the Navy and joint services, enabling optimal performance of information warfare across the full spectrum of military operations.
CIWT trains enlisted personnel and officers in all functions of information warfare covering fields ranging from military intelligence, cyberwarfare and information systems to electronic warfare and cryptologic operations throughout the scope of their Navy careers. CIWT trains more than 26,000 students annually, with an average of 3,700 students attending classes daily. CIWT constantly strives to modernize training taught using emerging technology and the Persistent Cyber Training Environment to train the next generation of information warfare professionals.
Serving in the Navy means Neufeldt is part of a team that is taking on new importance in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of the National Defense Strategy.
“The world is mostly covered in water, so the Navy is important to national defense because we are able to maintain sovereignty of the seas,” said Neufeldt.
Neufeldt and the sailors they serve with have many opportunities to achieve accomplishments during their military service.
“I am really proud of completing “Purge Week” as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) candidate,” said Neufeldt. “It was extremely taxing physically and only a select few make it through.”
As Neufeldt and other sailors continue to train and perform the mission they are tasked with, they take pride in serving their country in the United States Navy.
“Serving in the Navy means I am part of the greatest naval force the world has ever seen, which is awesome to think about,” added Neufeldt.
The Naval Education and Training Command is the U.S. Navy’s Force Development pillar and largest shore command. Through its “Street to Fleet” focus, Naval Education and Training Command recruits civilians and transforms them into skilled warfighters ready to meet the current and future needs of the U.S. Navy.