John C. Stennis Sailors Go Full Speed Ahead

Story by Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Eugene Rose

BREMERTON, Washington – Sailors aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) are attending ‘Full Speed Ahead,’ a new Navy training course which encourages positive decision making and highlights mid-level leadership.

‘Full Speed Ahead’ was announced by Vice Adm. Robert Burke, chief of naval personnel, Jan. 30, and reinforces the value of integrity, accountability, initiative and toughness to combat destructive behaviors and build professional resiliency.

The new training continues efforts in previous trainings, such as ‘Bystander Intervention’ and ‘Chart the Course,’ but in its own way.

“It’s more entertaining,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) 1st Class Dennis Archer, a command facilitator for ‘Full Speed Ahead,’ from Coral Springs, Florida. “There are a lot of videos in this training and it’s more interactive. You kind of get attached to the characters in the videos and I think that everyone likes it.”

Archer and other command facilitators are delivering the Full Speed Ahead training to all hands. Facilitators were selected to reflect the influence that they exhibit up and down the chain of command.

“We all went to training to be facilitators for this,” said Archer. “We had to … believe that we can make a difference in our culture. Change starts with us and we’d like to pass that on to our Sailors who are attending our trainings.”

Facilitators were trained and certified by Naval Education and Training Command’s (NETC) Master Mobile Training Teams (MMTT) to ensure quality training for Sailors.

Following their training, facilitators lead sessions incorporating the new, more interactive training techniques, such as interactive video and facilitated face-to-face sessions with small, mixed-paygrade groups.

Training is more effective and engaging, according to Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Benjamin Lindsay, from Safford, Arizona, because of the high level of interaction between instructors and Sailors.

“We encourage everyone to participate,” said Archer. “The more you participate the more enjoyable that the training will be and the more you’ll get from it because you get to engage with Sailors from different ranks, different backgrounds and see their side of it; how they’d handle different situations.”

Full Speed Ahead is already making an impact on John C. Stennis Sailors.

“I’ll keep in mind what was said and the different decisions that were made in the training,” said Electronics Technician 3rd Class Brandon Oakes, from Sacramento, California. “I’ll definitely follow that through with how I go about my career.”

John C. Stennis is conducting a planned incremental availability at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, during which the ship is undergoing scheduled maintenance and upgrades.

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