Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Lynn F. Andrews, Naval Special Warfare Public Affairs
CORONADO, Ca – (April 5, 2017) A group of 16 civilian personnel from across U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) visited west-coast based Naval Special Warfare (NSW) commands in Coronado, California as part of USSOCOM’s special operation forces orientation program (SOF-OP). The SOF-OP field engagements take participants to each of the SOF components.
This three-day field engagement highlighted the work of NSW men and women in support of NSW’s mission and responsibilities. It provided opportunities for SOF-OP participants to meet with key NSW leaders and to conduct staff counterpart exchanges. Furthermore, hands-on activities were conducted which directly exposed the cohort to the unique capabilities of USSOCOM’s maritime component.
“This field engagement has been very helpful to connect the dots for me. I’ve worked with NSW but I’ve never been out here [Coronado] to actually see them,” said Beth Doucet, Supervisor Program Analyst at USSOCOM. “This visit and meeting the operators has made a huge difference for me in understanding their mission,” said Doucet.
Through a series of structured forums and field engagements SOF-OP participants are able to advance their understanding of the NSW warfighters they support.
“I work in the intelligence program side of the house so it was good to see some of the capabilities that I’ve been working behind the scenes to support for all these years,” added Doucet.
A focus of the field engagements is to increase participants’ personal capacity for growth, development and future opportunities within the complex special operations environment.
“NSW is the fourth component I have traveled to and it truly embodies the SOF winning spirit and competitive edge,” said Joe Primosch, Information Operations Specialist at USSOCOM. “All the operators and support personnel I have met are perfect examples of that winning spirit and their attitude is infectious throughout the command,” said Primosch.
Superior talent development programs, such as SOF-OP, are a critical investments to ensure the future preparedness of civilian personnel assigned across the SOF enterprise and aimed at achieving a trained, motivated and fully-capable workforce vital to mission success.
“The main take away from this SOF-OP field engagement for me is, it’s not enough to just be part of a winning culture. It’s up to each member to actively build upon that winning culture and that is what I want to bring back to my work environment and try to instill in the team I work with back at SOCOM,” said Primosch.
USSOCOM seeks to position SOF-OP as the flagship professional development forum for these important leaders by preparing them for success in an increasingly complex, interconnected and challenging special operations environment.