Story Number: NNS140902-20Release Date: 9/2/2014 7:22:00 PM
By Lt. Brandon Walker, Officer Training Command Newport Public Affairs
NAVAL STATION NEWPORT, R.I. (NNS) -- The commander of Naval Service Training Command (NSTC) visited Officer Training Command Newport (OTCN) to review the graduation of newly commissioned officers of Officer Candidate School (OCS), Aug. 29.
Rear Adm. Rich Brown commissioned 74 new ensigns during the OCS graduation at the Capt. Howard N. Kay Hall aboard Naval Station Newport.
Capt. Kevin McGowan, commanding officer of OTCN, heralded the new ensigns from OCS Class 16-14 for their decision to serve their country and spoke to the hundreds of family members in attendance.
"Gaze for a moment at the fine men and women gathered before you here today," said McGowan. "Let your heart swell with overwhelming and entirely appropriate pride. Pride in their accomplishments and in the selfless choice that they make to be here today."
Brown then began his remarks to the assembled officers, representing a wide range of communities from the submariners to aviators to surface warfare officers. He emphasized the importance of the wide range of missions the modern Navy undertakes and the duties that the ensigns will soon face.
"Our Navy is the world's greatest power," said Brown. "Our Navy is also one of the greatest instruments of peace and humanitarian assistance that the world has ever seen."
Brown continued his remarks, reminding the officers that their duty extends into peacetime as well as war.
"George Washington wrote that to prepare for war is the most effective means to promote peace. Equally important to winning wars is preventing wars. Forever our nation needs us."
The graduates then took their commissioning oath, ending one, 12 week journey and beginning another that will last a lifetime.
"The leadership and professionalism taught here cannot be taught anywhere else," said Ensign Anthony Caballero, a newly commissioned surface warfare officer from Brooklyn, New York. "I am proud to be a graduate of OCS."
Ensign Quinlan Melvin, a submariner from Littleton, Colorado, said, "The staff at OCS embodies the highest standard of military professionalism and instills an unprecedented level of pride in their service."
OTCN is the embark point for the vast majority of the Navy's officers, producing approximately 45 percent of the Navy's line officers through OCS and more than 67 percent of all officer accessions through their five training programs. All told, approximately 3,200 Line and Staff corps officers commission through OTCN every year. The five schools consist of OCS; Officer Development School; Direct Commission Officer Indoctrination School; Limited Duty Officer, Chief Warrant Officer Academy and the Seaman to Admiral school.
The mission of OTC is to develop civilians and fleet sailors into newly commissioned officers morally, mentally, physically and imbue them with the highest ideals of honor, courage and commitment in order to prepare graduates for service in the fleet as Naval officers.
NSTC oversees 98 percent of initial officer and enlisted accessions training for the Navy, as well as the Navy's Citizenship Development program. NSTC includes Recruit Training Command, the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps at more than 160 colleges and universities, OTCN, Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps and Navy National Defense Cadet Corps citizenship development programs at more than 600 high schools worldwide.