“We have a constant tempo here at WFR, we don’t have a slow season,” said Senior Chief Engineman William Holley. “While the midshipmen are actively training and using the vessels pier side during the academic year and during the summer, we have over-the-horizon evolutions up the east coast and offshore sailing trips out into the Atlantic. We have to make sure all of our vessels are ready to meet our academic and summer operational needs."
The mission of the Marksmanship Training Unit (MTU) is to provide for the professional training of midshipmen and others in the use of small arms, with particular emphasis on safety and proficiency. MTU personnel provide basic and advanced marksmanship training to the midshipmen. Additionally they support ceremonial cannon fire for funerals, midshipmen formal marching parades, graduation and change of commands.
“Being able to watch the Sailors here advance, get the training to progress in their careers and work tirelessly to make sure the job is done right, is the best part of my job,” said Mitchell. “We trust our Sailors with the maintenance they perform, their crewmember positions when they are out-to-sea and the responsibility they step up to take hold of.”
23 Sailors from WFR were recently recognized by the USNA Superintendent, Vice Adm. Walter E. “Ted” Carter, Jr. for their performance during the 2017 Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV).