NTTC Lackland Welcomes New Commander

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Story Number: NNS140714-27Release Date: 7/14/2014 5:53:00 PM

By Master-At-Arms 1st Class Candice Boyd, Center for Security Forces Public Affairs

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (NNS) -- Cmdr. Lee Alexander turned over command of Naval Technical Training Center (NTTC) Lackland over to Cmdr. Bart Fabacher during a change-of-command ceremony at Mitchell Hall, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, July 11.

Center for Security Forces Commanding Officer, Capt. Raymond Benedict, served as officiating official and guest speaker.

"Taking care of Sailors is important and on his watch, Lee and NTTC Lackland have done a great job. He has institutionalized programs here that exceed the Navy's standards. Lee's work can be summarized by one word- leadership," said Benedict.

A native of Belton, South Carolina Alexander enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1985. He was later selected for the Navy's Enlisted Commissioning Program and earning a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of North Florida, he received his commission in 1995. In 2004, he earned his Master's Degree in Business Organizational Security Management from Webster University.

Alexander assumed command of NTTC Lackland July 12, 2014 and in his remarks, he earnestly gave thanks to friends, family and the NTTC Staff for their support over the last two years. His next tour of duty will be at Naval Education and Training Command headquarters located in Pensacola, Fla.

"These last two years in command have been the absolute best two years in my professional life," Alexander said. "It has been my utmost pleasure to work alongside each and every one of you."

Fabacher, a native of Huntsville, Ala. enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1990 and received his commission in 1996. He holds Master's Degrees in Military Operational Art, Business Administration, and Operations Management. He has also earned certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources, a Project Management Professional from the Project Management Institute and a Six Sigma Black Belt from the American Society for Quality.

Prior to assuming command of NTTC Lackland, Fabacher was stationed at Naval Personnel Command in Millington, Tenn. There he served as Branch Head for both the Officer Subspecialty Management and Full Time Support Enlisted Detailing branches.

"I have three priorities for NTTC Lackland," stated Fabacher. "The first is standards guide the training we proved. Do not assume for a second that we are smarter than the rules. The second is safety because we cannot send injured Sailors to the Fleet; therefore, keep your head on a swivel, watch out for your shipmates, and train safely to the standards. The third is production. This is the only reason we are here and that is to provide the fleet with Sailors who are safely trained to the standards."

NTTC Lackland is home to one of the Navy's largest apprenticeship "A" schools for Sailors looking to serve in the Master-at-Arms (MA) enlisted rating. MA "A" school has graduated an average of 1,675 Sailors over the last two years. Graduates go on to perform a wide range of antiterrorism and security forces duties throughout the Fleet and around the world.

The Center for Security Forces is the parent command for Naval Technical Training Center Lackland. The Center provides specialized training to more than 28,000 students each year. It has 14 training locations across the U.S. and around the world - Where Training Breeds Confidence.

For more news from and information about the Center for Security Forces, visit us at http://www.navy.mil/local/csf, www.netc.navy.mil/centers/csf, or www.facebook.com/CENSECFORHQ.

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