CORRY STATION, Fla. (NNS) — The 14,000 members of the Navy’s cryptology (CT) community took an exceptional step forward with the recent establishment of the Center for Naval Cryptology (CNC), in a ceremony held at Corry Station, Fla., April 28.

The center will work with the fleet to define all curriculum, educational tools, and professional development continuums for all cryptology (CTA, CTI, CTM, CTO, CTR, CTT) and electronic warfare technician (EW) ratings, and related officer communities.

Because education and training are essential to the success of the Navy’s mission and imperative to operational readiness, training will be more responsive to the needs of the fleet and will give Sailors the right education at the right time, in the right place.

“We are aggressively transforming naval cryptology,” said Commander Naval Security Group Command, Rear Adm. Joe Burns. “Key to this transformation is shaping the CT and EW ratings to meet the demands of Seapower 21, and the Information Age. Imperative to achieving this goal is the support of the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) and the Naval Personnel Development Command (NPDC).”

The center is also responsible for certification and qualification continuums for all cryptology community personnel, and will serve as the knowledge managers for all training, education and career development information.

“This is a great time to be a Sailor, this is a great time to be in the cryptology field,” said center Commanding Officer, Capt. Edward Deets. “We have the best and brightest volunteers. They are very smart and highly motivated. For their service, we must ensure they are given all the tools and opportunities they need to succeed. The Center for Naval Cryptology is sharpening the point of America’s spear.”

The Learning Center, one of several being established throughout the fleet, is the product of the Revolution in Training, the Chief of Naval Operations’ vision to enhance operational readiness and increase successful mission accomplishment, by creating an environment of lifelong learning to support the growth and development of Sailors.

“We are taking training and education to a new and unprecedented level,” said Commander Naval Personnel Development Command Rear Adm. Kevin Moran. “We will make the greatest Navy in the world and the best Sailors in the world even better. Together, we are going to create an educational system that will be the standard all others will follow.”

By Journalist 2nd Class Ed Flynn, Naval Personnel Development Command