Thursday, August 5, 2010

Center for Surface Combat Systems Changes Command

U.S. Navy photo by Gary Wagner
Capt. Robert Kerno, Jr. addresses the audience present for the CSCS change of command. He is flanked by (l. to r.) Rear Adm. Arnold Lotring from Naval Education and Training Command, Capt. Stephen Hampton, and Naval Support Activity South Potomac Chaplain Lt. Richard Malmstrom.
In a change of command ceremony at the Center for Surface Combat Systems (CSCS), onboard Naval Support Facility Dahlgren on July 30, Capt. Stephen W. Hampton turned over command to Capt. Robert S. Kerno, Jr.

Rear Adm. Arnold Lotring, Chief Operating Officer of Naval Education and Training Command, was a guest speaker for the event.

“Steve [Capt. Hampton] has had an extraordinary impact on all parts of our surface training environment which has positioned us well for the future,“ said Lotring.

Hampton said his tour of duty at CSCS was one of the most vigorous assignments of his Navy career.

“It has been my honor to serve with you and for you,“ said Hampton. “It is not about me. It is about CSCS and our mission. Surface Force Sailors, both Officers and Enlisted, deserve our hard work to give them a better foundation and better development of their skills and the confidence to execute with precision.“

Assuming command is Capt. Robert S. Kerno, Jr., who was previously from the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Surface Warfare Division, in Washington, D.C, where he was Director of the Maritime Warfare Systems⁄Surface Strike Branch.

Kerno will assume all responsibilities for CSCS, including 14 learning sites (units and detachments), which train Sailors across the range of warfare capability: maintenance, operation, and employment skills. The 14 learning sites include CSCSU Great Lakes, Aegis Training and Readiness Center (ATRC), CSCSU Dam Neck, Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Center (FLEASWTRACEN), Mine Warfare Training Center (MWTC), CSCS Det San Diego, CSCS Det West, CSCS Det Wallops Island, CSCS Det East, CSCS Det Norfolk, CSCS Det Mayport, CSCS Det Pearl Harbor, CSCS Det PacNorWest, and CSCS Det Yokosuka.

CSCS is responsible for training over 50,000 Sailors and officers annually to achieve operational excellence and provide the backbone of the Surface Force's Warfare capability.

CSCS holds training for nine enlisted ratings: Fire Controlmen, Electronic Technicians, Interior Communications, Sonar Technician (surface), Gunner's mates, Minemen, Operations Specialists, Boatswain's Mates, and Quartermasters. CSCS also trains officers in system-specific skills required to tactically operate and employ surface ships, as well as provide Navy training to many international partners.

Capt. Kerno looks forward to the next two years. “I asked to come to Dahlgren because I wanted to have the opportunity to be involved with the development of our country's best and brightest,“ said Kerno. “I am excited for what the next two years bring.“