A Peoria native and 2016 Sandra Day O’Connor High School graduate is stationed with a command responsible for teaching future information warriors the skills required to defend America around the world.
Seaman Madysin Steinke works as an information systems technician and operates out of the Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC) Corry Station.
An information systems technician is responsible for network administration, database management and computer hardware and software implementation.
Steinke said she credits success in the Navy with lessons learned growing up in Peoria.
“I learned about being open about who you are and not being afraid of being different,” Steinke said.
IWTC Corry Station is just one component that makes up the Center for Information Warfare Training (CIWT) domain, headquartered at Naval Air Station Pensacola Corry Station, Fla.
Charged with developing the future technical cadre of the information warfare community, the CIWT domain leads, manages and delivers Navy and joint force training to 22,000 students annually. With 1,200 military, civilian and contracted staff members, CIWT oversees about 200 courses at four information warfare training commands, two detachments and additional learning sites located throughout the United States and Japan.
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 that prepares them to be prepared to wage battle, and assure the nation’s success in this burgeoning warfare arena.
“Our sailors and staff are intentional about building trust, demonstrating teamwork, pursuing growth and instilling grit, which make our command thrive in training information warfare professionals for the Navy the nation needs,” said Cmdr. Chad Smith, commanding officer of IWTC Corry Station. “Each and every day, I’m extremely proud of how our sailors and staff readily adapt to achieve and maintain the highest of standards. They truly represent the spirit and character of America, and they are why we are the strongest military force in the world.”
Steinke has military ties with family members who have previously served, and said she is honored to carry on the family tradition.
“My mom and stepdad both served in the Navy, and my stepbrother is currently in the Navy,” Steinke said.
As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied-upon assets, Steinke and other sailors and staff serve as a key part of the information warfare community in its mission to gain a deep understanding of the inner workings of adversaries and developing unmatched knowledge of the battlespace during wartime.
The sailors and staff have a tremendous responsibility in creating war-fighting 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.
“Serving in the Navy means having responsibility and being accountable for all your actions,” Steinke said. “It gives me a sense of pride to serve our country. I get to say that I served in the Navy.”