Blanchester native trains to become a US Navy combatant


GREAT LAKES, Ill. — Sailors are among the most skilled people on the planet, Navy officials say, and this training requires highly dedicated instructors.

At Naval Education and Training Command (NETC), Advanced Technical School instructors teach Sailors to be highly skilled, operational, and combat-ready combatants while providing the tools and opportunities for continuous learning and development.

Firefighter David Bornemann, originally from Blanchester, is a student at NETC, learning the skills needed to be a fire controller.

As a fire controller, Bornemann is responsible for helping to detect and destroy enemy targets aboard Navy ships.

Bornemann, a 2021 graduate of Little Miami High School in Morrow, joined the Navy 11 months ago.

“I signed up to make money and improve my life after the Navy,” Bornemann said.

According to Bornemann, the values ​​required to succeed in the Navy are similar to those found at Blanchester.

“The most important lesson I learned from home was to never give up,” Bornemann said. “It has helped me succeed both professionally and personally.”

Students attend advanced technical schools after “boot camp”. They are taught the basic technical knowledge and skills needed to succeed in their new career.

NETC educates and trains those who serve, providing the tools and opportunities that enable lifelong learning, professional and personal growth and development, ensuring fleet readiness and mission accomplishment.

Comprised of six commands, NETC provides a continuum of professional education and training in support of surface naval requirements that prepare enlisted sailors and officers for service at sea, providing apprenticeship and specialized skills training to 7,500 seafarers per year.

With more than 90% of all commerce traveling by sea, and 95% of global telephone and Internet traffic carried by fiber optic cables lying on the ocean floor, Navy officials continue to emphasize that the America’s prosperity and security depend directly on a strong and ready navy.

According to Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday, four priorities will focus efforts on Sailors, Readiness, Capabilities and Capability.

“For 245 years, in calm and stormy waters, our navy has stood guard to protect the homeland, preserve the freedom of the seas and defend our way of life,” Gilday said. “The decisions and investments we make this decade will determine the balance of maritime forces for the rest of this century. We cannot accept anything less than success.

Serving in the Navy means Bornemann is part of a team that takes on new importance in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of national defense strategy.

“The Navy is important for national defense because we protect our country from other countries that want to harm us,” Bornemann said.

As Bornemann and other sailors continue to train and complete missions, they are proud to serve their country in the United States Navy.

“For me, serving in the Navy means I’m working and learning for the next five years,” Bornemann added.

David Bornemann trains to help detect and destroy enemy targets aboard Navy ships.


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