Aegis Training and Readiness Center (ATRC) falls under the Center for Surface Combat Systems (CSCS) command. ATRC provides enlisted personnel with the knowledge, ability, and skill to operate and maintain the Aegis Combat System through timely, effective, and integrated training delivered across the Sailors’ careers. ATRC also provides officers the knowledge, ability, and skill to operate, employ, and assess the readiness of the Aegis and Ship Self Defense System (SSDS) combat systems aboard surface warships.
The Aegis Combat System is a well-designed grouping of the Aegis Weapons Systems with Anti-Air, Ballistic Missile Defense, Anti-Submarine, Anti-Surface and Strike Warfare, and associated weapons and communications equipment. All elements of these systems are taught at ATRC.
In 1983, the Aegis Training Center Ground Breaking ceremony took place and it was formally established as a training command in Nov. 1984. The facility opened for training in Oct. 1985 with the first class of 14 students graduating Dec. 18, 1985, from the Aegis Computer Fundamentals course.
In the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s, ATRC evolved as the AEGIS Combat System evolved. In 1988, Baseline 3⁄4 Building was added and in 1990, a new addition was built, the Arleigh Burke Hall. In 1991, the Aegis Training Center Complex was renamed the ‘‘Rear Adm. Wayne E. Meyer Aegis Education Center,” but in 1997, it was renamed to what it is known as today, the Aegis Training and Readiness Center. The next addition to the training facility was in 1999, Huchting Hall. Aegis ships continue to be built and with the establishment of the Cruiser / Destroyer Modernization Program, the average number of classes held at ATRC will continue to increase. Thus, ATRC’s new wing will open in 2015 to provide the additional space required for the upgraded baseline equipment sets and classrooms needed to train Sailors for the life of the Aegis program.
In our ever-advancing world, ATRC utilizes a blended learning solution that includes standard classrooms, hands-on labs, simulations, as well as computer-based and interactive courseware training while still maintaining the training mission for the legacy Aegis fleet.
“To provide enlisted personnel with the knowledge, ability, and skill to operate and maintain the AEGIS Combat System through timely, effective, and integrated training delivered across the Sailors’ careers. Provide officers the knowledge, ability, and skill to operate, employ, and assess the readiness of the AEGIS and SSDS combat systems aboard surface warships.”