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Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport’s new supervisors participated in a virtual version of the NAVSEA Propel course hosted by the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Carderock in November. Propel, a five-day course for new frontline supervisors from all divisions of NSWC and NUWC and from NAVSEA Headquarters, provides a basic knowledge of war center expectations and allows each participant to reflect on their own leadership style while learning best practices from more experienced supervisors. . The program is balanced between team management skills and war center specific training topics and concludes with team capstone presentations.
Usually held in person at a rotating host war center, this latest Propel course was delivered through Microsoft Teams due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Captain Todd Hutchison, Commanding Officer of NSWC Carderock and Course Facilitator, stressed the importance of continuing the course despite the challenges of the virtual setting. “As an organization, one of the most important investments we make is in the professional development of the workforce, and for these new supervisors this investment is even more critical,” said Hutchison.
Propel’s virtual classroom content helps new supervisors understand the work environment and identify and use organizational resources to take appropriate and timely supervisory action. Led by a diverse cadre of instructors, students are able to interact with leaders and learn from their experience.
John Averill, Head of Corporate Business Office for the Newport Division, was the lead instructor during the week. For Averill, it was evident that the valuable relationships that often develop during in-person instruction were always cultivated in the virtual learning setting.
“We always see bonds forming between these new supervisors when they participate in their teams, use the chat and express themselves in class. Adjustments have been made to some of the team exercises that we do face to face; however, the impact of what is taught seems to be preserved. “
At the end of the week, the promoted federal employees were placed into teams to present the class with a real-world capstone scenario. Each presentation allowed each new supervisor to express how they would handle the scenario using the tools and information they had learned during the week.
Elizabeth Peimer, Library Manager at Newport’s NUWC Division and Branch Manager at the Company’s Research and Information Center, attended the week-long course and enjoyed working with her Capstone team.
“I was fortunate to have a great Capstone project team. We applied the information discussed throughout the week to role-play a scenario, and we learned and laughed a lot. It was a great way to end the course, ”said Peimer.
The NUWC Newport Division will host the Propel course in April.
The NUWC Newport Division is a US Navy shore-based command within Naval Sea Systems Command, which designs, builds and supports the US fleet of combat ships and systems. NUWC Newport provides research, development, test and evaluation, engineering and fleet support services for submarines, autonomous submarine systems, submarine offensive and defensive weapons systems navies and countermeasures associated with submarine warfare.
NUWC Newport is the oldest war center in the country. Its heritage dates back to the Naval Torpedo Station established on Goat Island in Newport Harbor in 1869. Commanded by Captain Chad Hennings, NUWC Newport maintains large detachments in West Palm Beach, Florida, and Andros Island in the Bahamas, as well as test facilities at Seneca Lake and Fisher’s Island, New York, Leesburg, Florida, and Dodge Pond, Connecticut.