Cmdr. Chad Smith relieved Cmdr. Christopher Eng as commanding officer of Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC) Corry Station, during a change of command ceremony at the National Naval Aviation Museum on Naval Air Station Pensacola, Sept. 22.
Eng assumed command of IWTC Corry Station in Sept. 2015. He was responsible for managing the largest schoolhouse in the Center for Information Warfare Training (CIWT) domain, training more than 8,000 students annually.
The guest speaker, Capt. Bill Lintz, commanding officer of Center for Information Warfare Training, welcomed Smith and praised Eng for his leadership.
“Skipper Eng has spectacularly accomplished the mission that the Navy has set out for him to do,” said Lintz. “He has led change, cared for his crew, and has left an impact on not only Corry Station, but the Navy as a whole. Our job is to prepare all of our trainees for war, and IWTC Corry Station under Skipper Eng has achieved this goal. Under Skipper Smith, we expect it will continue to excel in this mission.”
Eng is credited with improving the command’s information warfare specialist qualification, master instructor qualification, and physical fitness programs. IWTC Corry Station also maintained advancement rates above the Navy average.
“I was blessed with an amazing team, and that team just needed an opportunity to do their job, be trusted, and experiment a little,” said Eng. “To be honest, all the hard work is done before it gets to me. That work is happening inside the departments. That is leadership. That is the sign of a strong command, and in our command, the leadership is occurring at all levels.”
Eng’s next assignment is with Naval Information Operations Command Kunia, Hawaii.
Smith, a native of Indianapolis, Indiana, is coming to IWTC Corry Station from his most recent assignment at Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command, where he served as operations officer.
“(IWTC Corry Station) has a great reputation for delivering world-class technical training, while simultaneously focusing on character development and taking care of its people,” said Smith. “I am humbled and honored to join this fantastic team. Information warfare is now more important than at any other time in our nation’s history, and I’m excited to be a part of this journey with you.”
IWTC Corry Station, as part of the Center for Information Warfare Training, provides a continuum of training to Navy and joint service personnel that prepares them to conduct information warfare (IW) across the full spectrum of military operations.