Rockville native trains to be a U.S. Navy Future Warfighter

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GREAT LAKES, Ill. – Sailors are some of the most highly-trained people on the planet, according to Navy officials, and this training requires highly-dedicated instructors.

At Naval Education and Training Command (NETC), instructors at advanced technical schools teach sailors to be highly skilled, operational, and combat ready warfighters, while providing the tools and opportunities for continuous learning and development.

Fireman Vladislav Sadyrov, a native of Rockville, Maryland, with hometown ties to Ufa, Russia, is a student at NETC, learning the necessary skills needed to be a gas turbine system technician.

As a gas turbine system technician, Sadyrov is responsible for troubleshooting, maintenance and proper operation of various engine and electrical components on Navy ships.

Sadyrov, a 2002 graduate of School #37 in Ufa, Russia, and 2008 graduate of Bashkir State Medical University in Bashkir, Russia, joined the Navy six months ago.

“Three years ago, I got a chance to work and live in the United States of America,” said Sadyrov. “I got the hope and confidence needed to excel in my future endeavors. I felt like I had to give something back. It is a great honor and responsibility for me to be a part of the armed forces, particularly, the U.S. Navy.”

According to Sadyrov, the values required to succeed in the Navy are similar to those found in both Rockville and Russia.

“I feel like I need to try my best today, right now,” said Sadyrov. “I have no second life, and probably, no second chance either.”

Students attend advanced technical schools after “boot camp.” They are taught the basic technical knowledge and skills required to be successful in their new careers.

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

Made up of six commands, NETC provides a continuum of professional education and training in support of Surface Navy requirements that prepare enlisted sailors and officers to serve at sea, providing apprentice and specialized skills training to 7,500 sailors a year.

With more than 90 percent of all trade traveling by sea, and 95 percent of the world’s international phone and internet traffic carried through fiber optic cables lying on the ocean floor, Navy officials continue to emphasize that the prosperity and security of the United States is directly linked to a strong and ready Navy.

According to Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday, four priorities will focus efforts on sailors, readiness, capabilities, and capacity.

“For 245 years, in both calm and rough waters, our Navy has stood the watch to protect the homeland, preserve freedom of the seas, and defend our way of life,” said Gilday. “The decisions and investments we make this decade will set the maritime balance of power for the rest of this century. We can accept nothing less than success.”

Serving in the Navy means Sadyrov is part of a team that is taking on new importance in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of the National Defense Strategy.

“No one will give your family freedom, democracy and confidence,” said “In the future, if the oceans around your country are filled with ill-wishers, the U.S. Navy will do what it takes to protect and defend.”

As Sadyrov and other sailors continue to train and perform missions, they take pride in serving their country in the United States Navy.

“To me, serving in the Navy is being a part of the link in the world’s strongest chain,” added Sadyrov. “You should always do the right things, follow core values and do something that you, your ancestors and descendants can be proud of. I put on my uniform and do my job, so that civilians can feel safe, raise the flag of America and can take pride in our country.”
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