DVIDS – News – 173rd Communications Squadron practices intervention skills in domestic operations

The 173rd Fighter Wing Communications Flight practiced domestic operations skills with its Army National Guard counterparts in Salem, Ore., Sept. 10, 2022. Together they set up an internet satellite and a radio tower while training to set up Joint Incident Communications Capability (JISCC).

“Our goal is to have members trained and ready to go out using JISCC’s national response capability,” said Capt. Tracy Coon, 173rd Communications Flight Commander. “When disaster strikes, we then have the tools and Airmen to support emergency response efforts to improve assistance to the citizens of Oregon.”

Two main pieces of equipment were being installed for the JISCC: the satellite terminal and the multiband omnidirectional antenna. The satellite provides average commercial Internet speeds at the site where it is installed and can communicate with any installed JISCC.

Army Sergeant. Christopher Brewer of the Oregon National Guard says the importance of the multi-band omnidirectional antenna is that it allows the user to connect to UHF, VHF, and 700 and 800 bands simultaneously.

“The goal is to set up in 45 minutes to an hour for an experienced team, which requires training like we do today,” Brewer said.

To power these communication tools, members used generators and a flexible 12-panel solar system with battery storage provided by the 270 Air Traffic Control Squadron. The configuration allows the JISCC to operate in an austere environment, day or night, and provides an essential function during potential disasters.

“Joint Army-Air training has greatly enhanced my team’s capabilities so they can respond with confidence anytime, anywhere,” Coon said.

Date taken: 13.09.2022
Date posted: 13.09.2022 18:58
Story ID: 429257

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