Navy Establishes Expeditionary Training Group

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Navy Establishes Expeditionary Training Group

 By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SCW) Paul D. Williams, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command Public Affairs

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va (NNS) -- Expeditionary Training Group (ETG) held an establishment ceremony March 19 on board Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Ft. Story.

ETG's mission is to provide training to Navy Expeditionary Combat Command's (NECC) Echelon IV and V commands as they complete the integrated phase of the Fleet Readiness Training Plan. From there, ETG recommends Maritime Security Surge or Maritime Security Operations-Ready certifications.

"We concentrate on the headquarters elements of deploying NECC units and provide them the integrated and advanced training they will need on deployment," said Capt. Michael Napolitano, commanding officer of ETG. "ETG puts the finishing touches on the units that deploy within our community."

For the commands of NECC this means ETG fills a training need that no other command can provide to these deploying expeditionary forces.

"We started from the ground up to fill a known gap in training," said Napolitano.

According to Napolitano, NECC forces are on the cutting edge of fighting today's war against non-traditional threats. He said having an asset like ETG within the expeditionary community will ensure that NECC forces are not only well-equipped, but also that the Sailor is trained in the latest warfighter skills.

"Training is paramount," said Chief Operations Specialist (SW/AW) John Boglin, senior enlisted advisor of ETG. "My gut feeling is the Navy is really pushing forth with brown water operations. ETG is making sure Sailors get the training they need prior to deploying."

NECC serves as the single functional command for the Navy's expeditionary forces and as central management for the readiness, resources, manning, training and equipping of those forces. Expeditionary forces are organized to accomplish specific objectives in other countries.

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