DVIDS – News – Sailors at IWTC San Diego Hawaii Training Site Recognized for Efforts Aboard USS Missouri

By Information Systems Technician (Submarines) Walter McKinney, Information Warfare Training Command, San Diego Training Site, Hawaii

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii – Five Sailors from Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC) San Diego Training Site Hawaii, who volunteered their time in support of the preservation of the battleship USS Missouri (BB 63), were honored during ‘A brief ceremony by the staff of the Battleship Missouri Memorial Association, March 4.

The award recognized their volunteer work which helped earn them the Outstanding Adopt-A-Space for 2020.

Since the adoption of the bridge aboard the USS Missouri, the IWTC San Diego Hawaii Sailors training site has contributed 204 hours of cleaning and maintenance to their adopted space and assisted in the 75th anniversary ceremony of the official end of hostilities in World War II commemorating the signing of the Instrument of Surrender. The dedication and commitment shown by sailors at the IWTC San Diego training site in Hawaii was greatly appreciated by the staff of the Battleship Missouri Memorial Association.

“We appreciate all of your support,” added Keven M. Williamson, volunteer director, USS Missouri Memorial Association, Inc.

The IWTC San Diego Training Site in Hawaii has consistently provided volunteers, who not only cleaned their adopted space, but also assisted with any work necessary to keep the USS Missouri as an active museum for tours and events. .

“Thank you for your wonderful work,” commented Nobue Miller, Volunteer Coordinator, USS Missouri Memorial Association, Inc.

Due to safety restrictions imposed by COVID-19, a limited number of staff have been allowed to volunteer each day to maintain social distancing and adhere to federal and state regulations. To compensate for these restrictions, the IWTC San Diego training site in Hawaii routinely included the names of its sailors on a reserve list in case a volunteer was unable to attend, thereby ensuring USS Missouri maximum volunteer involvement at every opportunity.

Additionally, volunteers wore masks and adhered to social distancing mandates while cleaning to ensure it was a consistently safe volunteer experience while allowing staff at the IWTC San Diego training site to Hawaii to help preserve this important piece of naval history.

The volunteers also appreciated the opportunity to contribute to the memorial.

“The privilege to help preserve a ship steeped in naval history and to stand in the shoes of some of our finest sailors is an honor,” said Information Systems Technician 1st Class Jacob Yates.

“It’s a pleasure to be able to help maintain so much of naval history, and the sunrise over Joint Base Pearl Harbor is amazing to see every day we volunteer,” added Cryptologic Technician (Technical ) 1st Class Drew Hunkeler.

The sailors’ efforts also went beyond cleaning and maintenance. During the 75th anniversary ceremony, sailors raised and struck ensigns for veterans in recognition of their service, helped escort WWII veterans through the memorial before and after the ceremony, and assisted with setting up and distributing chairs and tables aboard the ship and pier as well as setting up the ceremony entrance flags.

“It’s an honor to be able to contribute to a living museum of naval history where people can learn not only about the contributions made by the Navy from World War II when the USS Missouri was christened through the 1990s when ‘it was brought back into service during the Gulf War, but also being a glimpse of life aboard the ship for people who were stationed on board throughout the life of the ship,’ said Jacklyn Maher, Crypto Technician (Technical) 1st Class.

The Battleship Missouri Memorial Association, Inc. is located on Ford Island, Hawaii, and provides a wonderful opportunity for sailors to contribute to naval heritage by helping to maintain this floating Navy museum in top condition for visitors who wish to learn more about the historic service of the Missouri and its sailors.

IWTC San Diego Training Site Hawaii, as part of the Center for Information Warfare Training (CIWT), provides a continuum of training for Navy and joint service personnel that prepares them to conduct information warfare across the full spectrum of military operations.

With four school commands, one detachment, and training sites in the United States and Japan, CIWT trains more than 22,000 students each year, providing trained information warfare professionals to the Navy and Joint Services . CIWT also offers over 200 courses for crypto technicians, intelligence specialists, information systems technicians, electronics technicians, and officers in the information warfare community.

For more information on the Center for Information Warfare Training domain, visit https://www.netc.navy.mil/CIWT, www.facebook.com/NavyCIWT or www.twitter.com/NavyCIWT.

Date taken: 03.04.2021
Date posted: 03.08.2021 11:39
Story ID: 390825

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