Next came three separate site visits to McGrady to meet with the NIACT team.
The NIACT Team, consisting of Master Chief Yeoman (SW) Larkin Whetstone, Chief Hospital Corpsman (AW/SW) Alex Garza, Chief Master-At-Arms Charline Mayo, Yeoman First Class Rosalyn Reeder, Hospital Corpsman First Class Angela Martin, Storekeeper First Class Lexington Harris, Personnel Specialist Second Class Katrina Mackey, Hospital Corpsman Second Class Duval Raines and Storekeeper Second Class Byron Moore, were responsible for the readiness, outfitting, training and transfer of the augmentees to various locations supporting the GWOT.
According to Whetstone, the former senior enlisted adviser at NIACT, the site visits proved to be invaluable in getting the right information to Sailors and their families and easing the tension about what they could expect during their training.
"In the beginning of the NIACT training process there were a lot of 'mess deck rumors' about what specifically was being trained at NIACT and what the training was like," he said.
In between the second and third visit to NIACT, Martin made a connection with Capt.
NIACT is designed to teach Sailors basic survival and combat skills.
Some of the basic training an IA receives at NIACT and at the other Army installations includes land navigation, convoy ops, first aid, communications, weapons qualifications and familiarization and cultural awareness.
"Our mission at the NIACT is to provide Sailors who are going into theater with basic survival and combat skills," said Army Capt.
As the Sailors reported to NIACT, they were divided into two companies, Alpha and Bravo.
Drill sergeants urged their students to call on the knowledge they acquired at NIACT when they got to their IA destination.
It is estimated that between January 2006 and July 1, 2007, 6,869 Sailors are expected to have completed NIACT training.