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Published:January 10th, 2007 10:34 EST
First CONUS Expeditionary Warfare Insignia Presented

First CONUS Expeditionary Warfare Insignia Presented

By SOP newswire

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- Deputy Commander, Naval Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC), Rear Adm. James Barnett pinned Master-at-Arms 1st Class (EXW) Matthew A. Tronboll with the first state-side enlisted expeditionary warfare (EXW) specialist insignia aboard Naval Station Norfolk, Jan. 9.

“[The warfare] is basically for someone in the NECC community. It’s a huge community [that was] without a warfare designator,” said Tronboll.

EXW qualification signifies that a Sailor is operationally competent and has acquired the additional knowledge that enhances the understanding of war fighting, mission effectiveness, and unit survivability.

Tronboll, from Mobile Security Squadron (MSRON) 6 Detachment 25 completed his personal qualification standards ahead of many of his peers.

“It’s a fairly lengthy qualification process. That’s why I’m so impressed [Tronboll] finished so quickly,” said Barnett.

Tronboll was influential in the development of his command's unit specific qualification, writing many of the questions and by becoming force protection training team member qualified.

In January 2006, the Navy created the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, bringing Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Naval Coastal Warfare, Riverine forces, Combat Camera Atlantic, the Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center, Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support functions and the Seabees under one umbrella. NECC integrates all warfighting requirements for expeditionary combat and combat support elements. This transformation allows for standardized training, manning and equipping of Sailors who will participate in maritime security operations and the global war on terrorism as part of the joint force.

“For more than 200 years we have had to project that seapower ashore. Many of these capabilities we’ve had for a long time. NECC gathers them together, makes them coherent and consistent,” said Barnett.

“I am a 26-year old first class petty officer who will probably never see a ship. I have no way to get a warfare pin, [because] surface and air warfare are not options for my current command,” said Tronboll. “The pin is definitely something we needed to do to become competitive.”

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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chad Hallford, Fleet Public Affairs Center Atlantic