Signal Soldiers conduct validation exercise
Starting January 27 Soldiers from the 63rd and 67th Expeditionary Signal Battalions of the 35th Signal Brigade continue to maintain their expeditionary culture by validating equipment capabilities and enhancing their signal expertise on a Fort Gordon training site to prepare for future missions.
“ 67th ESB Soldiers are validating all of their communication equipment,” said Capt. Georgia Williams, the battalion system engineer who organized and planned the event for the battalion.
Sgt. Donald A. Schubert, who hails from Los Angeles, is a command post node team chief with A Company, 67th ESB. He said his troops acquired software upgrades for his unit’s Satellite Transportable Terminals and Command Post Nodes. According to Schubert contractors from General Dynamics have instructed the Soldiers in a classroom environment and also assisted with the hands-on portion of the training and validation.
“ Our command post node stacks, which provide secure and non- secure internet, including phone services through Voice Over internet Phone, will provide a Battalion size element the ability to talk to their troops and higher level chain of command on the battlefield,” said Schubert.
Schubert emphasized the training will be beneficial to Soldiers new to the brigade as half of the Soldiers in the unit are new having recently finished Advanced Individual Training or AIT for short.
“You should not move on (to a new duty station or assignment) unless you teach your replacement,” said Schubert, who will depart the unit in the upcoming months.
During training Soldiers also troubleshoot equipment and learn how to slightly position the satellite dish on the STT to ensure the strongest signal strength for connectivity.
New Soldiers to the unit, such as Vancouver, Wash., native Pfc. Sergio M. Dominguez, another A Company, 67th ESB Soldier, graduated AIT in December. He arrived at the battalion about three weeks ago. In the multichannel transmission systems operator course at AIT Dominguez learned basic antenna theory and set up, tactical computers systems, and how to acquire signal strength with the STT. The brigade introduced another piece of communication architecture—the Command Post Node.
“I never a CPN until now,” said Dominguez.
Soldiers from C Company, 63rd ESB, such as Staff Sgt. Adam P. Tardiff, were improving their expertise on equipment they would use in the Beyond the Horizons mission, which according to a U.S. Army Southern Command article, “…provides construction and medical assistance to partner nations throughout Central and South America and the Caribbean.”
Additional equipment the Soldiers are training on include: the Phoenix Satellite System, the single shelter switch and video teleconference equipment.
“ Our Soldiers are constantly training on various types of communication equipment to ensure mission success for the future,” said Tardiff.