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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

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Galliano sailor trains information warriors to defend America

Galliano sailor trains information warriors to defend America

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Tom Gagnier

Navy Office of Community Outreach

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Tim Miller

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – A 2006 South Lafourche High School graduate and Galliano, Louisiana, native is stationed with a command responsible for teaching future information warriors the skills required to defend America around the world.

Petty Officer 1st Class Rickey Gisclair works as an information systems technician and serves with the Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC) Virginia Beach.

A Navy information systems technician is responsible for maintaining the shipboard network servers and satellite communications systems.

Gisclair credits success in the Navy with lessons learned growing up in Galliano.

“My hometown is built on work ethic. There are two industries, oilfield and seafood,” said Gisclair. “If you put in an honest day of work, you’ll feel and be proud of your accomplishments. This holds true in the military as well.”

IWTC Virginia Beach provides a continuum of information warfare training to Navy and joint service personnel, preparing them to conduct information warfare across the full spectrum of military operations.

The training command currently offers 65 courses of instruction in information technology, cryptology and intelligence with an instructor and support staff of 280 military, civilian and contract members who train more than 6,500 students every year at five different training sites.

Gisclair is playing an important part in America’s focus on rebuilding readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of the National Defense Strategy.

IWTC Virginia Beach is one of four schoolhouses for the Center for Information Warfare Training (CIWT) and also oversees learning sites at Jacksonville and Mayport, Florida; Kings Bay, Georgia; and Groton, Connecticut to continue aligning the information warfare community training.

“Our IWTC Virginia Beach staff members clearly demonstrate exemplary performance and leadership, shown through their significant contributions to deliver trained information warfare professionals to the fleet,” said Cmdr. Richard Bosworth IWTC Virginia Beach commanding officer. “I’m extremely proud of their accomplishments and more importantly how the impact of their hard work continues to ensure fleet mission readiness around the globe every day.”

Charged with developing the future technical cadre of the information warfare community, the CIWT domain leads, manages and delivers Navy and joint force training to 22,000 students annually. With 1,200 military, civilian and contracted staff members, CIWT oversees about 200 courses at four information warfare training commands, two detachments and additional learning sites located throughout the United States and Japan.

Though there are many ways for sailors to earn distinction in their command, community and career, Gisclair is most proud of the accomplishments of fellow sailors.

“My former ship, the USS Abraham Lincoln was preparing for a big inspection,” said Gisclair. “My shipmates crushed it, and hearing of it brought tremendous pride in the accomplishments we had there during my tenure.”

Serving in the Navy is a continuing tradition of military service for Gisclair, who has military ties with family members who have previously served. Gisclair is honored to carry on that family tradition.

“Both grandfathers of mine served during World War II,” said Gisclair. “There was some influence there.”

As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied upon assets, Gisclair and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes providing the Navy the nation needs.

“There is a purpose I feel from the moment I put on the uniform each day,” added Gisclair.