Sailors are some of the most highly-trained people on the planet, according to Navy officials, and this training requires highly-dedicated instructors.
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.
Seaman Recruit Isaac Covarrubias, a native of Buckeye, is a student at NETC, learning the necessary skills needed to be an operations specialist.
An operations specialist is responsible for gathering information on surface, sub-surface and air contacts onboard Navy warships.
Students attend advanced technical schools after “boot camp.” They are taught the basic technical knowledge and skills required to be successful in their new careers.
Covarrubias, a 2018 graduate of Verrado High School, credits success in the Navy to many of the lessons learned growing up in Buckeye.
“Back home, how you carried yourself was of great importance and it helped me mold myself into someone with drive and potential,” Covarrubias said. “These lessons help me strive for greater things every day in the Navy.”
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.
NETC is made up of six commands that provide a continuum of professional education and training in support of Surface Navy requirements that prepare enlisted sailors and officers to serve at sea, 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% of the earth’s surface is covered by water; 80% of the world’s population lives close to a coast; and 90% of all global trade by volume travels by sea.
Covarrubias 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,” Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer said. “Readiness, lethality and modernization are the requirements driving these priorities.”
Serving in the Navy is a continuing tradition of military service for Covarrubias, who has military ties with family members who have previously served. Covarrubias is honored to carry on the family tradition.
“I have an uncle who briefly served in the Marines,” Covarrubias said. “I hope to honor my family and hope my relatives in the future would serve as well.”
As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied-upon assets, Covarrubias 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 a part of something greater than myself,” Covarrubias said. “It’s working in unison with my shipmates to keep each other and our country safe.”