The base officially known today as Corry Station Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP) located in Pensacola Florida has a long and unique history that two very different naval communities share.Not only did Corry Station play a significant training role in naval aviation before, during and after World War II (WWII), but the base played and continues to play a significant training role in naval cryptology as well as information technology and intelligence during and after the Cold War!
Corry Station was first established and called as Corry Field. Corry Field was the first auxiliary field established by the Navy to support flight training operations at the Pensacola Flight School. In 1922, a site north of Pensacola was obtained from the Escambia County Commission on a no-cost, five-year lease.
The airfield name honors the memory of Medal of Honor recipient LCDR William Merrill Corry Jr., who died as a result of burns received while attempting to rescue a fellow officer from a crashed and burning aircraft. LCDR Corry was a passenger in the plane, was thrown clear of the crash, and then attempted to save the other pilot. LCDR Corry was one of Naval aviation’s pioneers, having been among the first aviators to receive the Navy’s “Wings of Gold” and the first Floridian to become a Naval aviator.
At the end of the lease period the site was deemed too small. A new and larger site located three miles north of NAS Pensacola was presented to the Navy by the County Commission.
On November 1, 1928, the new site was dedicated Corry Field and the older field became an outlying field (OLF) known as Old Corry Field. Old Corry Field Road in Warrington remains as a vestige of this early symbol of Navy flight training.
In 1932 construction of hard surfaced runways, hangars, and other buildings transformed Corry Field into a first-class training field, one of the first airfields in the United States to be hard surfaced. The new Corry Field actually consisted of two separate fields, each with three asphalt runways. The longest runways were 4200 feet in length.
In the years preceding America’s entry into World War II (WWII), primary flight training, fighter training and multi-engine land-plane training was conducted at Corry Field. An instructor school was also housed there. In 1943, Corry Field was designated a Naval Auxiliary Air Station (NAAS) and primary flight training was moved to other airfields in the area. For the remainder of the WWII, Corry Field hosted advanced training in multi-engine land-planes, using SNB aircraft. A transport squadron operating R4D and R5O aircraft was located there as well, because the runways at NAS Pensacola were too short for the safe operation of these aircraft. At the end of the war, Corry Field was decommissioned as a NAAS, but remained an active training field until its closure in 1958. At the time of closure, Corry Field provided the basic instrument portion of primary training in SNJ, SNB, and T-28 aircraft.
Communications/Cryptologic Technician Training
During WW II, the U.S. Navy Radio Station operations at Bainbridge Island, WA was also a Supplementary Station that included a School that trained Radiomen and Telemen and a few other ratings in art of radio interception. In October, 1951 training was officially established as a U.S. Naval School, Communications Technician (Supplementary Training), however, it closed three years later in December, 1953.
Shortly after WWII, on October 1, 1949, a second CT “A” school was established in U.S. Naval School, Imperial Beach, CA, near San Diego. When the school closed in Bainbridge Island, only the Imperial Beach CT School remained. On July 1, 1957, the school was redesignated Navy Communication Training Center (NCTC) Imperial Beach, CA; however, three years later it was decided to relocate at Corry Station in Pensacola FL.
In March, 1960, more than a year of inactivity, NAAS Corry Station was redesignated a Naval Communications Training Center (NCTC), and during the summer contractors worked converting hangar bays built in the early 1930s for fighter planes into classrooms and laboratories. On January 3, 1961, NCTC Corry Station opened its doors to the first class of CT training. LCDR Carmichael, an On the Roof Gang member, was instrumental in the planning phase of moving the school from Imperial Beach San Diego California to Corry Station. Years later building 3744 is named in his honor.
In September, 1973, the Chief of Naval Operations changed NCTC Corry Station to Naval Technical Training Center (NTTC), Corry Station, Pensacola, FL. NTTC Corry Station was among the first Navy technical schools to be accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. This accreditation certified the courses of instruction offered giving students college level credit for courses completed.
The facility’s mission became more diversified with the addition of the Naval Schools of Photography and the Consolidated Navy Electronics Warfare School. In January, 1990 the NTTC Corry Station’s training capability expanded even further as the first Opticalman/Instrumentman school classes convened (which closed in 1996), Instructor and Information Systems School. From 1995 to 1999, Corry Station served as host of multi-service electronic warfare training, with the addition of the Joint Aviation Electronic Warfare School. During this time, NTTC Corry Station assumed responsibility as the Executive Agent for the Communications Signals Collection and Processing Courses for the National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS).
Establishment of the Center
In July 2001, the Navy published the Navy’s Executive Review of Navy Training (ERNT). The ERNT determined the Navy’s training, however effective, was inefficiently delivered and was failing to adequately integrate new technologies into training development and delivery. Acting on the ERNT’s recommendations, the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) created Task Force Excel (TFE) to begin the monumental task of fundamentally reorganizing the Navy’s training infrastructure, methods and outcomes. This reorganization effort change was known collectively as the Navy’s Revolution in Training (RiT).
Early in 2003, under the Navy’s RiT, 14 military controlled institutions Learning Centers under the Naval Personnel and Development Command (NPDC) was established and tasked to develop and maintain Sailor and Marine training continuum. One of these Learning Centers was the Center for Cryptology with its headquarters located on Corry Station, Pensacola.
Three years later on January 10, 2005 NPDC authorized the establishment of the Center for Information Dominance (CID), Corry Station. As a result, on January 31, 2005 CID commenced operations by merging the Center for Information Technology in San Diego and the Center for Cryptology in Corry Station, Pensacola expanding headquarter operations on Corry Station.
Because CID was established from an ongoing training enterprise, its first classes, consisting of Cryptologic Operators on the east coast and Navy Operational Security Staff Planners on the west coast, graduated the very next day. The Secretary of the Navy formalized the merger in OPNAVNOTE 5450 on June 28, 2005.
Navy training has continued to evolve and always focused on changes to improve productivity and save unnecessary costs. In 2010, NPDC was disestablished and NETC N7 assumed the mantra to increase training effectiveness. Their immediate goal was to ensure prompt development, deployment, and delivery of effective, high quality training, leveraging state of the art technology and philosophies to satisfy approved and resourced Fleet requirements.
CID also evolved and in the fall of 2011 incorporated naval intelligence training; disestablishing the Center for Naval Intelligence and realigning the Navy and Marine Corp Intelligence Training Center (NMITC) and Fleet Intelligence Training Center (FITC) under CID. Additionally, two shore training detachments were established as commands and titled, CID Unit Corry Station Pensacola (CIDUCS) FL (assigned the cyber training mission) and CID Unit Monterey (CIDUM) CA. Collectively, CID managed all enlisted and officer training in the professional fields of Cryptology, Information Technology and Intelligence and was responsible for 16 Learning Sites, which includes four commands and two detachments conducting training throughout the United States and Japan.
Establishment of the Center for Information Warfare Training (CIWT) and Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC)
On January 5, 2016 Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson released “A Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority.” The document emphasizes “information IN warfare” and “information AS warfare” and demands the delivery of information warfare as a critical capability of the Navy’s mission sets.
Shortly after Admiral Richardson announcement, the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare and Director of Naval Intelligence Vice Admiral Ted Branch replaced the term “information dominance” with “information warfare” for the community. This resulted in the Type Commander, Naval Information Dominance Forces, which identifies the Man, Train and Equip requirements for the information dominance community to change the name from “Information Dominance Forces” to Naval Information Forces in order to be consistent with naming conventions of other type commanders throughout the Navy.
In July 2016, as a result of the name changes to information warfare, CID name change to Center for Information Warfare Training (CIWT) Pensacola and the four subordinate units were renamed to Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC). Specific commands, Learning Sites and Detachments are listed below:
CIWT Pensacola (Head Quarters, Corry Station)
IWTC Corry Station
IWTC San Diego
IWTC Virginia Beach
Learning Site PACNORWEST, WA
Learning Site Yokosuka Japan
Learning Site Pearl Harbor, HI
Learning Site Medina, TX
Learning Site Keesler AFB, MS
Learning Site Fort Meade, MD
Learning Site Groton, CT
Learning Site Mayport, FL
Learning Site Kings Bay, GA
Learning Site Jacksonville, FL
CIWTD Detachment Det Goodfellow AFB
CIWTD Detachment Fort Gordon
More than Navy Training
The courses managed by CIWT Pensacola are technical training courses specifically designed to prepare joint services military member to serve in Fleet and National Security positions. Completion of a course is documented in the student’s official military training record and by the awarding of a course completion certificate. Although these courses are not “college courses,” each course is reviewed and evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE) for equivalency with civilian training in terms of semester hours and levels. Some programs are recommended for college equivalency credit at the Lower Level, Upper Level and Graduate Level.
Corry Station Commanding Officers
Naval Communications Training Center (NCTC):
CDR Ben Fricks, Jr. Mar 1960 Aug 1960
*CAPT Rudolph J. Fabian Aug 1960 Jun 1961
CDR Ben Fricks, Jr. Jun 1961 Aug 1961
CAPT John S. Lehman Aug 1961 Jun 1965
CAPT James C. Hargreaves Jun 1965 Jul 1966
CAPT Gaspare B. Tamburello Jul 1966 Jul 1969
CAPT George P. McGinnis Jul 1969 Aug 1971
Naval Technical Training Center (NTTC):
CAPT Emerson C. Dehn Aug 1971 Sep 1973
CAPT Donald H. Rand Aug 1974 Jun 1977
CAPT Jerome J. Galinsky Jun 1977 Jun 1980
CAPT Charles L. Burns Jun 1980 Jul 1982
CAPT Denny M. Carder Jul 1982 Nov 1984
CAPT David C. Gill Nov 1984 Sep 1987
CAPT Joseph D. Burns Sep 1987 Jul 1990
CAPT Ivan M. Dunn Jul 1990 Jun 1993
CAPT George M. Schu Jun 1993 Aug 1996
CAPT Hugh F. Doherty Aug 1996 Aug 1999
CAPT Ronald J. Wojdyla Aug 1999 Aug 2001
CAPT Edward H. Deets Aug 2001 Nov 2002
Center for Cryptology:
CAPT Edward H. Deets Nov 2002 Aug 2004
CAPT Kevin R. Hooley Aug 2004 Jan 2005
Center for Information Dominance (CID):
CAPT Kevin R. Hooley Jan 2005 Aug 2007
CAPT Connie L. Frizzell Aug 2007 Jun 2009
CAPT Gary Edwards Jun 2009 Oct 2011
CAPT Susan K. Cerovsky Oct 2011 Sep 2014
CAPT Maureen Fox Sept 2014 May 2016
CAPT William “Bill” Lintz May 2016 July 2016
Center for Information Warfare Training (CIWT):
CAPT William “Bill” Lintz July 2016 Present
*OIC of COMINT Station “C” on Corregidor Island Philippians. On February 4, 1942, CAPT Fabian was in the first of three groups to evacuees off the island because of the Japanese invasion of the Island. CAPT Fabian established COMINT intercept site in Melbourne Australia for the remainder of the WWII.
Information Warfare Training Command Corry Station
As stated above, on January 31, 2005, CID HQ Corry Station was managing all Navy Information Technology (IT) and Cryptologic training worldwide. However, execution of training by the armed services was performed by CID Detachment Corry Station, a subordinate command of CID HQ. During this time CDR Roy Bertram at CID HQ had the responsibility of serving as CID HQ XO and CID Detachment Corry Station Officer-In-Charge.
In order to make Navy Information Dominance training more effective, CID officially established a new training command at Corry Station on November 14, 2011, transitioning CID Detachment Corry Station to CID Unit Corry Station. CDR Lucy Sung, at the time was serving as CID HQ XO and OIC. Under orders CDR Sung, assumed this new command as the Commanding Officer, CDR Sung and is the Plank Owner Commanding Officer for the Unit in accordance with Navy precedent and pay grade eligibility rules. As stated above in July 2016, CID Unit Corry Station was renamed to Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC).
It is important to note that since 1961, regardless of the name of the command, Corry Station never stopped training members of the armed serves in the art and science of cryptology! And regardless of the, the “Corry” has always been associated with the training on the base. Note the three IWTCs have the name of the city where the based is located associated with the command name. IWTC Corry is unique.
CID Unit Corry Station Commanding Officers:
CDR Lucy Sung Nov 2011 Jul 2013
CDR Christopher Bryant Jul 2013 Sep 2015
CDR Christopher Eng Sep 2015 July 2016
Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC) Corry Station
CDR Christopher Eng July 2016 Sep 2017
CDR Chad Smith Sept 2017 Present
Tenant Commands onboard Corry Station NASP Base
- Information Warfare Training Center (IWTC) HQ, Corry Station. As the Immediate Supervisor In Charge of 16 subordinate learning sites or units, the mission of IWTC is to deliver full-spectrum Cyber, Intelligence, and Information Warfare training to decision superiority. IWTC Corry Station manages learning sites at following locations:
- CID Unit Corry Station provides technical and military training in Cryptology, Information Technology, Electronic Warfare, Cyber Operations and Instructor Training to produce well-trained, motivated and disciplined personnel in support of U.S. and Allied operational forces.
- Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Pensacola. NIOC Pensacola’s mission is to execute cyberspace operations and SIGINT tasks in support of naval and joint forces and national tasking authorities. NIOC Pensacola is subordinate to Fleet Cyber Command/Commander Tenth Fleet (FCC/C10F).
- Department of Homeland Security, Pensacola
- MARDET NAS Corry Station, FL
- Air Force
- Pensacola Boys’ Base – Hosts Pensacola Boys’ Base under the guidance of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, it serves as the temporary home for some troubled teens that have in one way or another run afoul of the law. Volunteers spend at a minimum one hour per week to be a mentor and positive role model for a troubled youth.
Building and Rooms Dedicated on Corry Station
Three barracks are dedicated on Corry Station to honor those enlisted
cryptologist who were killed in action.
- Building 1082 (Smith Hall) – CTC Melvin D. Smith was KIA while serving in the USS Liberty on June 8, 1967. Chief Smith was an instructor at Naval Technical Training Center (Corry Station during the 1960s.
- Building 1084 (Traughber Hall) – CPL Stephen L Traughber was KIA while serving in Vietnam in first Radio Battalion September 10, 1967. He was 21 years old.
- Building 1090 (Graves Hall) – CT1 Curtis A. Graves was KIA while serving in the USS Liberty on June 8, 1967.To honor On the Roof Gang (OTRG) instructors and to connect Corry Station to the Naval cryptologic history, the following school-house buildings are dedicated on Corry Station are dedicated:
- Building 511 (Kidder Hall) RMC Kidder was served in the Asiatic Fleet and was the first On the Roof Gang instructor (OTRG).
- Building 512 (Gunn Hall) – Served as an OTRG instructor.
- Building 513 (Daniels Hall) – LCDR Daniels served as an OTRG instructor while enlisted.
- Building 514 (McGregor Hall) – OTRG member and instructor.
- Building 516 (Pederson Hall) – LT Perderson was killed while serving in the USS Enterprise operating in the Indian Ocean on January 13, 1975. He served as an EWO, AEWO, Instructor in the following squadrons: VAW 13, VAQ 129, VAQ 130 and VAQ 137.
- Building 3744 (Carmichael Hall) – LCDR Carmichael was an OTRG member and the first OIC of Corry Station. Responsible for moving cryptologic training from Imperial Beach California to Corry Station in 1960.
- Building 1099 (Kidd Hall) – Isaac Campbell Kidd was an American Rear Admiral in the United States Navy. Kidd was killed on the bridge of the USS Arizona during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
- Building 3738 (Mast Hall) – CDR Peter A. Mast serviced in the NAVSECGRU throughout his career. He died on October 7, 1988 as a result of from a heart attack while conducting physical training onboard Corry Station.
- Building 3711 (Gym) (Wenzel Hall) – EWC Rodger A Wenzel died on May 9, 1976 from cancer.
- Building 535 (Gary R. Schuetz Memorial Clinic) – This was the branch medical clinic, now the veterinary clinic. CWO3 Schuetz was a Physician’s Assistant. He died on September 25, 2002 from liver cancer. Building 535 was dedicated in his honor in late October 2004.
- Mr. Chuck Bragg conference room located on the upper deck of building 501. Mr Bragg is a retired CTTCS and former Executive Director to the Commander Officer. He provided oversight of all NTTC/CID detachments from the late 1970s until 2006.
- Mr. Dan Lynch Conference room located in building 513, room 134. Mr. Lynch was in charge of Cryptologic training systems on Corry Station. This room was dedicated between 1999 and 2000.
- EWCM(SW) Richard A. Mahanke Conference room located in building 3738 (Mast Hall). Master Chief Makanke served as the Fleet/Functional Integration Manager for Corry Station.
- James Daniel Campbell (JD) MGySgt (ret) died on February 23, 2009, while serving Information Assurance Manager (IAM) for Corry Station.
- EWCM(SW) Wayne Pollock Conference room located in building 516, room 122. This room dedicated on June 21, 1999.
Corry Field auxiliary field Flight School 1922 01 Nov 1928
Corry Field outlying field (OLF) 01 Nov 1928 1943
Naval Auxiliary Air Station (NAAS) Corry Field 1943 1958
U.S. Naval School, Imperial Beach, CA 01 Oct 1949 Jul 1957
NCTC Imperial Beach, San Diego, CA Jul 1957 Mar 1960
NCTC Corry Field, Pensacola FL Mar 1960 Sep 1973
NTTC Corry Station, Pensacola, F Sep 1973 Jul 2003
Center for Naval Cryptology (provisional) Sept. 4, 2002
Center for Naval Cryptology (officially established) Nov. 19, 2002
Center for Cryptology Corry Station (established) Apr 28, 2003 10 Jan 2005
CID HQ, Corry Station, 10 Jan 2005 Mar 2016
CID, Detachment Corry Station 2007 14 Nov 2011
CID, Unit Corry Station 14 Nov 2011 Mar 2016
CIWT Pensacola (HQ) 14 Jul 2016 Present
IWTC Corry Station 14 Jul 2016 Present
History of Training Excellence Awards (TEA) received:
2017 NETC White TEA – Clean Sweep (Nine of Nine TEA Categories)
2017 Yellow T / Silver T / Red T
2017 Gold T / Purple T / Blue T
2017 Black T / Green T / Bonze T
2016 NETC White TEA (Seven of the Nine TEA Categories)
2016 Yellow T / Silver T / Red T
2016 Blue T / Black T / Green T / Bonze T
2015 NETC Black T for Curriculum Management
2015 NETC Green T for Training Production management
2015 NETC Bronze T for Training Support Management
2015 NETC Yellow T for Business Administration
2015 NETC Silver T for Planning and Programming
2015 NETC Red T for total Force Management
2014 NETC Black T for Curriculum Management
2014 NETC Green T for Training Production Management
2014 NETC Bronze T for Training Support Management
2014 NETC Gold T for Information Technology Management
2014 NETC Blue T for Logistics Management
2013 NETC Black T for Curriculum Management
2013 NETC Green T for Training Production MGMT
2013 NETC Bronze T for Training Support MGMT
2013 NETC Silver T for Planning and Programming
2013 NETC Blue T for Logistics Management
2012 NETC Green T for Training Production Management
2012 NETC Black T for Curriculum Management
2012 NETC Gold T for Information Technology Management
2012 NETC Gray T for Planning and Programming
2011 NETC Black T for Curriculum Management
2011 NETC Green T for Training Production Management
2011 NETC Green T for Training Production Management
2010 NETC Gold T for Information Technology Management
2009 NETC Training Excellence Award
2008 NETC Training Excellence Award
2006 NETC Training Excellence Award
2005 NETC Training Excellence Award
2004 NETC Training Excellence Award
2002 NETC Training Excellence Award
U.S. Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association (NCVA)
IWTC Corry Station
U.S. Naval Air Stations of World War II, by M. L. Shettle, Jr.