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Michael Merritt: NAWCTSD’s new deputy technical director

By Dolly Rairigh Glass

NAWCTSD Deputy Technical Director Mike Merritt

Listening to Michael Merritt talk about his experiences, it seems his new assignment as deputy technical director for Naval Air Center Warfare Training Systems Division is the perfect fit for him. His life roadmap, so far, has […]

April 18th, 2017|Spotlights|

NAWCTSD’s XO Hill: We cannot do anything by ourselves

June will mark one year since Captain Timothy Hill assumed the duties as executive officer of Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) and Naval Support Activity (NSA) Orlando.

 

Captain Hill - NAWCTSDHill grew up in the small town of Owensboro, Kentucky — a city he joked […]

March 14th, 2017|Spotlights|

NAWCTSD’s Villa: Thankful to be here

By Dolly Rairigh Glass

Captain Jiancarlo Villa, NAWCTSD Chief of StaffCaptain Jiancarlo Villa spent the first part of his childhood in Mexico, and from a very early age, developed a love for airplanes. He had cousins and uncles on his mother’s side who were pilots, and at […]

August 11th, 2016|Spotlights|

Getting to know Deputy PEO Chérie Smith

CherieSmith-PEOSTRIThe Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI) announced Chérie Smith as its acting Deputy Program Executive Officer in March 2015. Now no longer “acting,” Smith holds a key leadership position in an office with more than 1,200 military personnel, government-civilian and service-support contractors […]

June 12th, 2016|Spotlights|

PEO STRI’s Haggerty on the challenges and future of simulation and training

The Team Orlando 10-4 recently had a sit down with the Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI) Project Manager for Instrumentation, Targets and Threat Simulators, Col. Richard Haggerty, to get his perspective on his new role and the challenges that his organization will face in 2016.

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January 24th, 2016|Spotlights|

FLETC’s Mike Robbs back with Team Orlando community

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“When technologies show potential, I provide and/or coordinate a review or demonstration of the product or methodology to the appropriate FLETC and partner organization instructional staff and management, “ said Mike Robbs, Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) Law Enforcement Technology Liaison. “Then we can […]

September 13th, 2015|Spotlights|

PM TRASYS Yates: There are things you just can’t anticipate

By Dolly Rairigh Glass

Ever since Col. William Walter “Walt” Yates, Program Manager for Training Systems, was in junior high school, he planned to join the military as a means to pay for college. His father had dropped out of high school after 10th grade to enlist in the Air Force during the Korean […]

July 22nd, 2015|Spotlights|

Torgler joins JTIEC as deputy director

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By Dolly Rairigh Glass

The Joint Training Integration and Evaluation Center (JTIEC) has a new, but familiar face in the office. Dan Torgler, who spent 15 years working for Program Manager for Training Systems (PM TRASYS), the Marine Corps’ acquisition agent for training systems and training support and sustainment, […]

February 23rd, 2015|Spotlights|

AFAMS New Crites “Uniquely Suited” for this Mission

By Dolly Rairigh Glass

Col-Crites-wNew Air Force Agency for Modeling and Simulation (AFAMS) Commander, Colonel Bradley “Critter” Crites, grew up in the other surf and sun state on the west coast.

He went to college in California, graduating from the University of California Irvine, earning a Bachelor of […]

October 20th, 2014|Spotlights|

NAWCTSD’s Etz: I’m Here to Give Back and Serve the Team

By Dolly Rairigh Glass



Team-Orlando-Etz-NAWCTSD-wCaptain Erik “Rock” Etz joined the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division leadership team in June as the new Executive Officer, replacing Capt. Wes Naylor, who assumed duties as Commanding Officer. Etz and his wife, and two daughters, made the transition to […]

September 13th, 2014|Spotlights|