WB grad trains U.S. Navy future warfighters

Petty Officer 1st Class Tyler Jeffers, a 2012 West Branch High School graduate, is an instructor at Naval Education and Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. (Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jesse Hawthorne)

By Lt. Kat Smith

Navy Office of Community Outreach

GREAT LAKES, Ill. – Sailors are some of the most highly-trained people on the planet, according to Navy officials, and this training requires highly-dedicated instructors.

At Naval Education and Training Command, this obligation falls upon hard-charging, Navy professionals who trains and mentors the Navy’s future warfighters.

Petty Officer 1st Class Tyler Jeffers, a native of Alliance, Ohio, is an instructor at NETC, providing the fleet with sailors who possess the basic technical knowledge and skills necessary for naval service.

“Increasing the knowledge of the fleet makes me feel more comfortable and confident that our sailors will be able to troubleshoot in a time of need,” Jeffers said.

Instructors are experts in the subject matter they teach, and they provide cutting-edge technical training that transforms civilians into mission-ready sailors.

Jeffers, a 2012 graduate of West Branch High School, credits success as an instructor to many of the lessons learned growing up in Alliance.

“My parents taught me that hardwork and dedication will give me opportunities for success,” Jeffers said. “Knowing at the end of the day that I accomplished a large task is the best motivation to have to continue working efficiently.”

NETC educates and trains those who serve our nation, taking them from street-to-fleet by transforming new sailors into highly skilled, operational, and combat ready warfighters, while providing the tools and opportunities for continuous learning and development.

Six commands that provide a continuum of professional education and training at NETC in support of Surface Navy requirements preparing enlisted sailors and officers to serve at sea, and providing apprentice and specialized skills training to 7,500 sailors a year.

A key element of the Navy the nation needs is tied to the fact that America is a maritime nation, and that the nation’s prosperity is tied to the ability to operate freely on the world’s oceans. More than 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by water; 80 percent of the world’s population lives close to a coast; and 90 percent of all global trade by volume travels by sea.

Jeffers plays an important role in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of the National Defense Strategy.

“Our priorities center on people, capabilities and processes, and will be achieved by our focus on speed, value, results and partnerships,” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “Readiness, lethality and modernization are the requirements driving these priorities.”

Though there are many ways for sailors to earn distinction in their command, community and career, Jeffers is most proud of being a Master Training Specialist.

“Being a Master Training Specialist puts me a step ahead of my peers and shows leadership that I’m willing to go above and beyond,” Jeffers said.

Serving in the Navy is a continuing tradition of military service for Jeffers, who has military ties with family members who have previously served. Jeffers is honored to carry on the family tradition.

“My dad served in both the the Army and Air Force, and my brother was a Marine,” Jeffers said. “I think our family traditions show we’re always prepared to serve our country and overcome any barriers to ensure our family will always have a sense of safety.”

As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied-upon assets, Jeffers and other instructors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes providing the Navy the nation needs.

“Serving in the Navy means doing my part and making sure home will always be home,” Jeffers said.