Story Number: NNS140630-02Release Date: 6/30/2014 11:25:00 AM
By Kimberly M. Lansdale, Center for Surface Combat Systems Public Affairs
DAHLGREN, Va. (NNS) -- During a change of command ceremony at the AEGIS Training and Readiness Center (ATRC), on board Naval Support Facility Dahlgren, Virginia, Jun. 27, Capt. Ian Hall turned over command to Capt. Pete Galluch.
Capt. Bill McKinley, commanding officer for the Center for Surface Combat Systems (CSCS), was the guest speaker at the event.
"Under Capt. Hall's command, ATRC has been very successful in executing its mission," said McKinley. His legacy is the culture of Navy and the Sailorization that occurs while junior enlisted Sailors are here at ATRC. ATRC has a superb reputation of providing Sailors to the fleet that are professionally trained and have extremely high military standards. Not every school house can say that, but Capt. Ian Hall can take great pride in this legacy."
Hall said his tour of duty at ATRC was very rewarding.
"In the past three years, this team of military, government civilians, and industry partners trained over 4,200 Aegis technicians so that they could deploy to the four corners of the globe and support the U.S. Navy's mission; these highly-trained Sailors have raised readiness level across the cruiser and destroyer force so that the ships are capable of deterring aggression, winning wars, and maintaining freedom of the seas," Hall said. This schoolhouse continues to advance Navy's training mission by utilizing a blended learning solution that includes standard classrooms, hands-on labs, simulations, as well as computer-based and interactive courseware. Make no mistake, this highly talented staff is instrumental in maintaining the health and relevancy of the Aegis fleet."
Hall was presented his second Legion of Merit for many of his accomplishments at ATRC. Part of the award citation extolled the captain as, "expertly leading his staff of more than 260 military and civilian personnel, he championed computer-based solutions to reinforce student knowledge, retention, and performance through tools, such as the synthetic combat operator trainer, to develop near-term training solutions for Navy integrated fire control-counter air."
McKinley also commented on the future of ATRC under the new leadership.
"Capt. Galluch's background and experience make him a perfect fit for ATRC," said McKinley. "I look forward to your brilliance and plan on working closely with you to continue the storied legacy of Aegis training."
Galluch said he looks forward to becoming part of the ATRC community.
"I am impressed at the capability and expertise this schoolhouse encompasses and we will continue to provide superior training support to the Fleet," said Galluch.
AEGIS Training and Readiness Center's mission is to provide enlisted personnel with the knowledge, ability, and skill to operate and maintain the AEGIS Combat System through timely, effective, and integrated training delivered across the Sailors' careers and provide officers the knowledge, ability, and skill to operate, employ, and assess the readiness of the AEGIS and SSDS combat systems aboard surface warships. ATRC trains the future Surface Force 24 hours a day, five days a week.