Seaman James Swain is a cryptologic technician. That means his work for the United States Navy involves analyzing electronic communications, jamming enemy radar signals, deciphering information in foreign languages, and maintaining equipment and networks that generate top-secret intel.
The 2017 graduate of Eustis High School grew up in the Lake County town and credits what he learned there with his success in the Navy.
“I learned about the value of our military,” said Swain. “There’s a rich military history there dating back to the Civil War.”
Located at the Naval Air Station Pensacola Corry Station, Florida, IWTC Corry Station is just one component of the Center for Information Warfare Training.
CIWT is responsible for training enlisted cryptologic technicians, information systems technicians, intelligence specialists, and electronics technicians. CIWT also provides training to cryptologic warfare, information professional, intelligence, and foreign area officers that prepares them to be prepared to wage battle and assure the nation’s success in this burgeoning warfare arena.
“Our sailors and staff are intentional about building trust, demonstrating teamwork, pursuing growth, and instilling grit which makes our command thrive in training information warfare professionals for the Navy the nation needs,” said Cmdr. Chad Smith, commanding officer of IWTC Corry Station.
“Each and every day, I’m extremely proud of how our sailors and staff readily adapt to achieve and maintain the highest of standards. They truly represent the spirit and character of America, and they are why we are the strongest military force in the world.”
James’s father also served in the Navy along with other family members, and James is honored to carry on the family tradition.
“Serving in the Navy is a way I can use my skills to help as many people as I can,” Swain added.