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A.L. Brown High School Graduate a Cryptologic Technician in the Navy

Aug 28, 2018 03:48PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

Photo By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Amanda Rae Moreno

Seaman Preston Mays, a 2017 A.L. Brown High School graduate and Kannapolis, North Carolina, native, is defending America as an information warrior. He has been tasked with teaching future information warriors the skills needed.

Mays' specific role is a cryptologic technician operating out of the Warfare Training Command (IWTC) Corry Station. This role is vital to collecting top secret intel through electronic communications. He analyzes communications, can jam enemy radar signals, deciphers information in foreign languages, and maintains the equipment and networks. 

“I learned to always strive for more,” Mays said in a Navy Office of Community Outreach press release about growing up in Kannapolis. “To always be better than what you already are.”

Mays also has a connection with the military through his family, his grandfather having served in the Navy. 

Information warfare is what the IWTC is all about, but is just one component that makes up the Center for Information Warfare Training (CIWT) domain, headquartered at Naval Air Station Pensacola Corry Station, Florida. 

The CIWT leads, manages, and delivers Navy and joint force training to 22,000 students annually. It's responsible for enlisting and training future information warriors, like the cryptologic technicians, and so much more. 

"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, in the press release. "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."
 
Thank you, Mays, for your service!

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