Volume 4, Issue 1
Chief Dive Supervisor Notes
MSG James Spaw
HOOYAH!! We now have 3 additional Master Divers. Congratulations go out to SFC Chebahtah, SFC Lubin and SFC Vance. I would also like to say goodbye to Terry Bryant SFC/MDV (retired) and Jim Musser MSG/MDV (retired). I have served with both and consider them great NCO’s, and they will always be good friends.
In the training realm we are still in the process of working through the Interservice Training Office (ITRO) and TRADOC to accurately report training resource needs in Panama City, FL. The major training issue for the Active Component is the switch to revision 6 of the Dive Manual in June. The current plan is for SFC Chebahtah, once on station at Fort Eustis, to provide the training to the unit leaders to bring them up to speed. 1SG Baumgartner in Hawaii will do the same for the 7th Engineer Dive Detachment. Another active component and future NG training need is the new web based DJRS that the Navy developed. CPT West is taking the lead on coordinating with NAVSEA OOC. Once we figure out the way ahead I will be sending out further guidance to all the commands for implementation.
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Future training issues within the Dive Community will be geared
This will be on going until they can develop Diving Supervisors, a Master Diver, and get the proper equipment. The quickest solution for the personnel piece will be for an active component senior E-6 or E-7 to volunteer to go to the Active Guard/Reserve (AGR). For those who are interested, feel free to contact me to assist in the process. The only AGR position that they have at this time is an E-7 or E-8 Master Diver. There are 6 NG Soldiers currently in the pipeline to become NG Army Divers, 2 will graduate in July and 4 more start school in May of 08.
An update on personnel moves. I am currently trying to move the unfilled E-8 1SG position to the Engineer School under Combat Development. The combat developer will then be an E-8 Master
Diver. This would Development to move
free up the current E-7 slot in into the equipment training developer
Combat slot. For
all other NCO’s/Soldiers who have years, you need to be proactive and
been on station for work through your
longer than 5 commands to
move to other positions have more than 5 years
within the on station,
Army diving community. If you the needs of the Army and Army