Salem native trains as a U.S. Navy warfighter

 A Salem native has been stationed with a new training command tasked with improving fleet readiness.

Chief Petty Officer Brendon Hart joined the Navy 13 years ago and is now part of the Navy Service Support Advanced Training Command (NSSATC).

"There are only six instructor positions for my rate in the entire Navy," said Hart. "As an instructor, I have been able to positively impact future Navy career counselors."

Hart, a 2003 graduate of Salem High School, is a Navy counselor at the training center in San Diego.

"I am responsible for managing the career development program for enlisted sailors," Hart said.

Hart credits success in the Navy to many of the lessons learned in Salem, including, "If at first, you don't succeed, try again."

NSSATC was created in March 2019. It develops and delivers advanced education and training opportunities that build personal, professional, and service support competencies to achieve fleet readiness.

Hart is most proud of being selected to become a chief petty officer.

"I am most proud of this accomplishment because it represents the support I receive from my family and the hard work from my fellow shipmates," Hart said.