Sailor credits lessons learned growing up in Viera for success in Navy


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Daunte Kelly has earned four Navy Achievement medals.

Ernest Arico

Since he was a child, Petty Officer 1st Class Daunte Kelly dreamed of serving in the U.S. military.

A Viera native and a 2008 Satellite High School graduate, Kelly made his dream come true when he joined the U.S. Navy.

And with his enlistment, Kelly continued a tradition of military service with family members who have previously served. Kelly said he is honored to carry on that family tradition.

“My stepfather was in the Army, my brother is currently in the Navy and my cousin was a Marine,” Kelly said. “They all influenced me to join, especially my brother.”

Kelly also credits his success in the Navy with lessons learned while growing up in Viera.

“I was taught to never give up and not be concerned too much with what people think about you,” he said. “You just have to do your best.”

Kelly works as an information systems technician and serves with the Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC) Virginia Beach.

A Navy information systems technician is responsible for managing naval communications, configuring and monitoring radio equipment and network administration. Kelly is responsible for teaching future information warriors the skills required to defend America around the world.”

According to the U.S. Navy’s website, IWTC Virginia Beach provides a continuum of information warfare training to Navy and joint service personnel, preparing them to conduct information warfare across the full spectrum of military operations.

The training command currently offers 65 courses of instruction in information technology, cryptology and intelligence with an instructor and support staff of 280 military, civilian and contract members who train more than 6,500 students every year at five different training sites.

Kelly is playing an important part in America’s focus on rebuilding readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of the National Defense Strategy.

IWTC Virginia Beach is one of four schoolhouses for the Center for Information Warfare Training (CIWT) and also oversees learning sites at Jacksonville and Mayport in Florida; Kings Bay, Georgia; and Groton, Connecticut to continue aligning the information warfare community training.

CIWT is responsible for training enlisted cryptologic technicians, information systems technicians, intelligence specialists and electronics technicians. CIWT also provides training to cryptologic warfare, information professional, intelligence and foreign area officers, which prepares sailors to wage battle and assure the nation’s success in this burgeoning warfare arena.

Kelly is most proud of earning four Navy Achievement medals and an Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal.

“It was an accomplishment and milestone for me,” he said. “It is rewarding because it makes you feel like you are part of something bigger.”

IWTC Virginia Beach sailors and staff are serving as a key part of the information warfare community in its mission to gain a deep understanding of the inner working of adversaries and developing unmatched knowledge during wartime.

They have a responsibility in creating warfighting options for fleet commanders and advising decision-makers at all levels as they serve worldwide aboard ships, submarines and aircraft and from the National Security Agency to the Pentagon.