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DVIDS – News – Underwater Learning Center Holds Change of Command

GROTON, Conn. — Capt. Steven W. Antcliff relieved Capt. Jack D. Houdeshell as commanding officer of the Undersea Learning Center (SLC) during a change of command ceremony at Naval Submarine Base New London on February 24.

Rear Adm. Peter A. Garvin, Commander, Naval Education and Training Command (NETC), served as session chairman and guest speaker.

Garvin praised Houdeshell for his accomplishments leading the SLC at a historically unprecedented time in the nation’s history. For his achievements during his time as commander, Houdeshell was awarded the Legion of Merit.

“In this renewed age of strategic competition, the readiness of our submarine force has never been more important. Our submarine forces, while not always in the headlines, are integral to the lethality of our military and the projection of American sea power,” Garvin said. “The foundation of that preparation starts here.”

Garvin detailed how Houdeshell’s contributions while leading the SLC were evident in the success of bringing together several NETC, Navy, and national initiatives to prepare the Submarine Force. He added that Houdeshell’s innovations have helped shape the future of the submarine force and set it up for success for decades to come.

Houdeshell credited the success of his SLC tour to the dedication and versatility of the SLC staff.

“Training is a critical part of ensuring our submarine force is ready for the fight ahead,” Houdeshell said.

He thanked the SLC staff for their unwavering support in revamping the Accessions Training Curriculum to ensure Relevant Ready Learning (RRL) is presented to the fleet. RRL is a long-term investment in improving individual sailor performance and improving fleet readiness with three main components that address when, how and where to train.

“In a global pandemic with historic numbers of sailors arriving at the front door, your diligence in finding resources has allowed us to keep our schools flowing,” Houdeshell added.

Antcliff sent a message of encouragement to SLC personnel and expected a productive tenure as commander.

“To the staff of the Submarine Learning Center and your families, I look forward to meeting the challenges of the future with all of you,” said Antcliff. “Together we will ensure that the Submarine Force remains the premier submarine force in the world because we have the best submarines, the best weapons and, most importantly, the most skilled and best sailors and officers. trained in the world.”

Houdeshell, an Iowa native, received an NROTC scholarship after completing the Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training (BOOST) program. He graduated from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics in 1993 and earned a Master of Science in Acoustic Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

At sea, Houdeshell served with five fast attack submarines: as a junior officer aboard USS Houston (SSN 713); as Navigation Operations Officer aboard USS Toledo (SSN 769); as Executive Officer of USS Montpellier (SSN 765); and twice as commanding officer of USS Dallas (SSN 700).

Houdeshell’s shore visits included serving as Director of Advanced Submarine Officer Course at the Naval Submarine School; J-2 Deputy for Innovation and Development, United States Joint Forces Command; Deputy Commander of Submarine Squadron 4; director of training at the naval submarine school; commander of the naval school of submarines; and as Chief of Staff of the Undersea Warfighting Development Center.

Houdeshell served as the eighth commander of the SLC. He will continue his naval service as unit commander of the Boston Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) consortium.

Antcliff enlisted in the United States Navy as a nuclear machinist’s journeyman in 1990 and earned his commission through the Enlisted Commissioning Program in 1996 after earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University from Florida. He received his Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in 2012.
At sea, Antcliff served as a junior officer aboard USS Narwhal (SSN 671) and USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul (SSN 708); engineer officer aboard USS Connecticut (SSN 22); general manager aboard USS Miami (SSN 755); and commanding officer aboard USS Virginia (SSN 774).

Antcliff’s shore visits included Submarine Watch Officer and Regional Employment Officer for Commander Submarine Force Atlantic; Force Radiological Surveys Officer and Deputy Force Nuclear Energy Officer for Commander Submarine Force Pacific; and as deputy director of training at the Naval Submarine School in 2016, then as a future instructor commander. He last served as Commandant of the Naval Submarine School.

The Submarine Learning Center is the only NETC learning center responsible for the individual training of submarine officers and enlisted ratings as well as all ashore warfare mission area training. SLC integrates technology, organizational alignment and human performance with training to maintain effectiveness. Instructional design tools and new learning delivery technologies are evaluated and used to enhance understanding and maximize sailor performance.

Through modernized training, the SLC affects the changes needed to meet the Submarine Force’s expectations of a more agile organization and better combat readiness. SLC is dedicated to providing undersea sailors with the tools to lead the force by adopting modern training and education systems and integrating these advancements into the Navy’s undersea warfare community.

To learn more about SLC, visit http://www.netc.navy.mil/SLC/.

Date taken: 03.02.2022
Date posted: 03.02.2022 16:46
Story ID: 415641
Location: GROTON, CT, USA

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