Kaelyn Cardona, a graduate of the Class of 2013 at Wiregrass Ranch High, is now known as Seaman Cardona and she works as a cryptologic technician in Pensacola.
The Wesley Chapel native is stationed with a command that’s responsible for teaching future information warriors the skills required to defend America around the world.
She operates out of the Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC) Corry Station in Pensacola.
As a cryptologic technician, she’s responsible for analyzing electronic communications, jamming enemy radar signals, deciphering information in foreign languages, and maintaining equipment and networks used to generate top secret intelligence.
Cardona credits success in the Navy with lessons she learned during her years in Wesley Chapel.
“Growing up, I learned to never give up, which helps me so much in the Navy,” Cardona said, in a news release.
The 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.
The CIWT leads, manages and delivers Navy and joint force training to 22,000 students annually.
It also oversees about 200 courses at four information warfare training commands, two detachments, and additional learning sites located throughout the United States and Japan.
As a member of the U.S. Navy’s most relied-upon assets, Cardona and other sailors and staff know they are part of a legacy, serving as a key component of the information warfare community.
These sailors have a tremendous responsibility in creating options for fleet commanders and advising decision-makers at all levels, serving worldwide aboard ships, submarines and aircraft, and from the National Security Agency to the Pentagon.
Cardona said, “Serving in the Navy means giving back to my country that I love.”
Published August 15, 2018