Local grad serves as ‘information warrior’ with US Navy
Courtesy of the Navy Office
of Community Outreach
PENSACOLA, Fla. - A 2012 Huntington High School graduate and Huntington native is stationed with a command responsible for teaching future information warriors the skills required to defend America.
Lt. Junior Grade Ian Gilliam serves at the Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC) located at Corry Station in Pensacola, Florida. Gilliam credits success in the Navy with lessons learned growing up in Huntington.
“I learned the importance of perseverance growing up, which has helped me in the Navy,” he explained.
The information warfare training command is responsible for training enlisted cryptologic technicians, information systems technicians, intelligence specialists, and electronics technicians. Training is also done for cryptologic warfare, information professional intelligence, and foreign area officers to prepare them in waging battle, and assuring the nation’s success in this newest technological space.
These sailors and staff have a tremendous responsibility in creating war-fighting options for fleet commanders and advising decision-makers at all levels as they serve worldwide aboard ships, submarines and aircraft and from the National Security Agency to the Pentagon.
“Our sailors and staff are intentional about building trust, demonstrating teamwork, pursuing growth, and instilling grit, which make our command thrive in training information warfare professionals for the Navy the nation needs,” said Cmdr. Chad Smith, commanding officer of IWTC Corry Station.
Gilliam has military ties with family members who have previously served, and said he is honored to carry on the family tradition.
“One of my grandfathers was in the Army, and my other grandfather was in the Coast Guard,” Gilliam said.
“Serving in the Navy means opportunities,” he added. “I’m representing my family and my hometown, too. It also provides a sense of adventure.”