GREAT LAKES, Ill. – Sailors are some of the most highly-trained people on the planet, according to Navy officials, and this requires highly-dedicated training.
At Naval Education and Training command, instructors at advanced technical schools teach sailors to be highly skilled, operational, and combat ready warfighters, while providing the tools and opportunities for continuous learning and development.
Fireman Apprentice Cheska Domingo, a native of Panorama City, California, is a student at NETC, learning the necessary skills needed to be a machinist’s mate.
A machinist’s mate is responsible for the overall maintenance of boilers, condensers, and turbines onboard Navy warships.
Students attend advanced technical schools like NETC after “boot camp.” They are taught the basic technical knowledge and skills required to be successful in their new careers
Domingo, a 2010 graduate of Panorama High School, credits her success in the Navy so far to many of the lessons she learned growing up in Panorama City.
“The biggest thing I learned growing up was discipline, and to value what I have and always give it my all,” Domingo said.
NETC educates and trains those who serve, providing the tools and opportunities which enable life-long learning, professional and personal growth and development, ensuring fleet readiness and mission accomplishment.
Six commands provide a continuum of professional education and training at NETC in support of Surface Navy requirements preparing enlisted sailors and officers to serve at sea, and providing apprentice and specialized skills training to 7,500 sailors a year.
A key element of the Navy the nation needs is tied to the fact that America is a maritime nation, and that the nation’s prosperity is tied to the ability to operate freely on the world’s oceans. More than 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by water; 80 percent of the world’s population lives close to a coast; and 90 percent of all global trade by volume travels by sea.
Domingo plays an important role in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of National Defense Strategy.
“Our priorities center on people, capabilities and processes, and will be achieved by our focus on speed, value, results and partnerships,” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “Readiness, lethality and modernization are the requirements driving these priorities.”
As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied-upon assets, Domingo and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes providing the Navy the nation needs.
“Serving in the Navy means being loyal and dedicated to my country,” Domingo said.
This story originally ran on Navy Outreach