by Carla Pampe
Air Force Global Strike Command Public Affairs
5/27/2015 - BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. -- In
a continuing effort to further the professional development of Air
Force Global Strike Command personnel, the Command will send its first
member to attend the Navy's Submarine Ballistic Missile Nuclear Powered
commander's course beginning June 8.
"Maj. Termain Atwater, 625th Strategic Operations Squadron, was
hand-selected by the AFGSC vice commander and approved by Lt. Gen.
Wilson to attend a five-week TDY with the U.S. Navy," said Maj. Marcus
Hampton, deputy chief, force development division with the AFGSC
personnel directorate. "The classroom portion of the SSBN Command Course
convenes in Kings Bay, Georgia, and culminates on an SSBN toward the
end of the month."
Atwater is looking forward to the opportunity.
"Any opportunity to test decision-making ability in a controlled
environment is always beneficial, but learning from and being mentored
by leadership from a sister service at this juncture in my career is
special," he said.
According to Chuck Hasbrouck, course senior instructor, "The first week
of the course is Nuclear Command Control and Communications--certainly
professionally relevant for USAF officers. The at -sea portion of the
course consists of five days on an SSBN, almost entirely focused on the
nuclear deterrent mission, conducting at least two full days of
Atwater hopes that he will be able to learn command, control and
communications, weapons and navigation systems from the experts at the
course while learning and sharing leadership lessons.
"One of the most interesting aspects of this course is the ability to go
underway for a week and be afforded the opportunity to act as CO or XO
during strategic scenarios," he said. "To be able to learn the decision
calculus of a submariner captain and return to intelligently discuss
with peers is what I plan to bring back to the command."
Hampton said the course will give the major insight on how the Navy
operates, and in turn, "they'll look to him to fill in some gaps on how
AFGSC operates our deter and asssure mission from a field grade 13N
Atwater said the opportunity is two-fold.
"Most importantly is my ability to represent AFSGC to our Triad partners
and secondly, to step outside of my comfort zone, take my lumps and
grow as a leader," he said.