Rear Adm. Jeff Jablon, Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, hosted the Group and Major Commanders’ Officer Training Symposium (GAMCOTS), a three-day leadership training symposium at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Oct. 25-27, 2022.
The primary focus for this year’s GAMCOTS was to serve as a forum to ensure Pacific Submarine Force leadership remain aligned under Jablon’s priorities of Warfighting, People, and Safety. It also served as a venue to highlight efforts and initiatives which will shape and guide the submarine force over the next year.
In line with the U.S. Pacific Fleet’s Commander’s Guidance, GAMCOTS focused on warfighting readiness. Additionally, the symposium covered several recent submarine force initiatives which include changes to training and deployment preparations that raise overall combat readiness. These initiatives ensure rapid response to Indo-Pacific crises when called upon.
In addition to emphasizing warfighting readiness as well as tactics, techniques, and procedures, GAMCOTS also illustrated efforts which are underway to improve quality of life, talent management, and wellness resources to keep the Sailors in the fight.
Jablon also acknowledged the importance of Sailor readiness to completing the mission.
“Our asymmetric advantage against our competition is the high quality of our Sailors,” said Jablon. “As leaders in the Submarine Force, our top priority is ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our warfighters so they can focus on maintaining combat readiness. Events such as GAMCOTS enable leaders to come together to share insights and participate in discussions which collectively make our force stronger.”