History of the Naval Air Technical Training Command (NATTC)
Norman, Oklahoma

The use of the NATTC began in June 1942. The site was active during two periods: 1942 through 1946 and 1952 through 1959.

The mission during the 1942 through 1946 period was to train mechanics, ordnancemen, metalsmiths, rubberized equipment repairmen and radar and line maintenance crews. Ordnance training included small arms, aviation ordnance, explosives and ammunitions, pyrotechnics and loading, sighting and firing of aircraft guns. Ranges were constructed to provide some of this training and some of the training occurred in classrooms. The Aviation Ordnanceman Course also included chemical warfare detection and decontamination training. The Navy also constructed a hospital on the installation.

Enlistees are taught the fundamentals of this rating through on-the-job training or formal Navy schooling. Advanced technical and operational training is available in this rating during later stages of career development.

The mission during the 1952 through 1959 period was primarily to train Aviation Machinists, Aviation Mechanics and Airmen. The airmen training was basic and was used to evaluate new recruit’s future training assignments.

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