June 7, 2013
NEWPORT, RI –Twenty-five media specialists, comprised of Navy officers and enlisted personnel, provided media training to 307 U.S. Naval War College (NWC) students as part of the Joint Military Operations (JMO) Capstone Exercise, June 3 to June 7.
“Know your message. Communicate it clearly and know the reporter is neither your friend nor the enemy, but a partner to get your word out there," said Capt. Mary Hanson, public affairs officer and moderator for the JMO media training.
The training consisted of simulated news conferences and one-on-one interviews with mock reporters. Following the conference and interviews, students were given immediate feedback based on their responses to media questions. The overall experience was designed to prepare JMO students for real-world public interaction while serving as part of a joint staff.
“The JMO exercise that is happening here is a terrific opportunity for students to represent the Navy in the media, in an environment where they’re working together as part of a joint staff,” said Capt. Randy Britton, public affairs officer and moderator for the JMO media training.
Three-hundred seven students participated in the media training as part of the JMO Capstone Exercise. The exercise provided students with an opportunity to apply knowledge learned during the 17 weeklong JMO course. During the course, students are prepared for joint command and staff positions by learning joint planning, war-fighting, theory and practice of operational art; the cognitive approach by commanders to develop strategies, campaigns, and operations to organize and employ military forces by integrating ends, ways and means, as it relates to maritime and joint forces.
Edited by Chief Mass Communication Specialist James E. Foehl
Posted by Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Ohl