by SGT Robyn Baer
FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska – A civilian employee with 507th Signal Company, 59th Signal Battalion, here has been awarded one of the highest honors a network-operations chief can receive.
Celine Johnson was given the Army Defense Message System User of the Year award April 8.
She was singled out because of her help with upgrades to e-mail systems here. Fort Wainwright was chosen as a testbed for e-mail upgrades and accomplished those upgrades ahead of schedule without causing any interruptions to the e-mail system.
“The only reason I was singled out is because of the team of system administrators and computer-support technicians I work with,” Johnson said. “It’s their excellence and commitment that led to my award.”
Nonetheless, her supervisors and coworkers had high praise for her cyberskills. “Celine Johnson is not only a superior technician, whose advice on DMS issues is often sought by U.S. Army Pacific for her trouble-solving capability, but she also leads a great team of soldiers and civilians,” said CPT Dean Denter, 507th Signal Company commander. “If you rely on e-mail at Fort Wainwright or Fort Greely, you can feel a little better with Celine behind the monitor, focused on customer service and recognized as the best in the Army.”
Johnson said the new system is more comparable with civilian corporations on the same versions.
“We’re trying to stay in line with what’s available in industry. Now if you try to send an e-mail home, it won’t fail because our version is too old,” she said.
SGT Baer is assigned to the public-affairs office at Fort Wainwright. See related story under “Signal units” heading for more 58th and 59th Signal Battalion DMS awards.
by Bill McPherson
FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii – Jerome Tanabe, an information-technology specialist at 516th Signal Brigade, was selected as the Pacific-wide Employee of the Year 2002 in the professional-administrative-technical (action officer) category June 5. He won the title in competition with 23 other nominated federal-action officers of the year.
“Jerry Tanabe definitely earned this Pacific-wide recognition,” said COL Monica Gorzelnik, brigade commander, who selected him as the brigade action officer of the year.
“Jerry’s completion of four major information-technology infrastructure projects in 2001 couldn’t have been more timely,” Gorzelnik said. “All four projects were in place and provided secure, dramatically enhanced command-and-control communications capability for the senior leadership of U.S. Army Pacific during our crisis-management mode following the terrorist attacks on our nation Sept. 11, 2001.”
Tanabe was cited for overseeing completion of $14.2 million Common-User Information Transfer Network IT infrastructure projects at Fort Shafter, Hawaii, and Fort Wainwright, Alaska. He also spearheaded the cutover of the Defense Department’s new Defense Message System theater-wide and the installation of public-key-infrastructure encryption keys for all USARPAC general officers and key staff members. Tanabe also procured and fielded more than 550 secure-terminal-equipment consoles (telephones for secure, classified conversations) to key personnel throughout the theater.
Mr. McPherson is 516th Signal Brigade’s public-affairs officer.
by Bill McPherson
FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii – SFC Eduardo Zayas, 516th Signal Brigade’s equal-opportunity adviser, was awarded the Army’s National Image, Inc. 2002 Meritorious Service Award at the 14th annual “Salute to Hispanics” awards banquet in Las Vegas May 30.
Charles Abell, assistant secretary of defense for force-management policy, presented the award to Zayas and to winners from the other U.S. armed services.
“My grandmother always told me, ‘If you always work with your heart and spread goodness around, things will come back to you.’ Those words remained in my mind throughout all the ceremony,” Zayas said. “In the program booklet, I read all the accomplishments done by all the other awardees, and I felt real proud to be sitting next to them.
“I think if everyone would just give a little of their time to help others, this world would be a better place,” said Zayas.
Zayas was cited for supporting programs on behalf of human rights, race relations, equal opportunity, affirmative action and public service throughout his 19-year military career.
“Zayas has been visibly proactive, creative and thoroughly professional in spearheading ethnic and affirmative-action observances for the brigade and for the Army in Hawaii,” said COL Monica Gorzelnik, brigade commander, who nominated Zayas for the award. “He brings events to life by having participants dressed in costumes related to the particular theme, by arranging for high-profile guest speakers, by involving musicians and dancers, and by setting up static or multimedia displays. He pools resources with other Army Hawaii EO advisors, and rolls up his sleeves in directing behind-the-scenes logistics for our events. His organizational skills are phenomenal!”
At this spring’s Women’s History Month prayer luncheon, Zayas arranged for women soldiers to dress in uniforms from various eras of the U.S. Army. For last year’s Black History Month celebration, Zayas had volunteers dress in costumes and provide vignettes for the audience to guess their names (for instance, Louis Armstrong, Rosa Parks and George Washington Carver).
“He goes the extra mile in ensuring the programs are interesting and memorable,” Gorzelnik said. “He gets the audience’s attention and, in the process, he teaches them about the rich heritage of our diverse Army workforce.”
An award-winning poet since he was a child, Zayas was cited for writing a poem directly related to the EO themes being observed, which are always read at events.
Zayas was also commended for his volunteer support for the local community, including donating more than 520 hours after work and on weekends as a coach for five different sports at the Aliamanu Military Reservation Youth Center in Honolulu.
Mr. McPherson is 516th Signal Brigade’s public-affairs officer.
by Gerry Gilmore
WASHINGTON – A joint military experiment this summer sought to use technology to link the services’ individual information, command, communications and operations elements as part of ongoing force-transformation efforts.
Defense Department planners want to integrate those capabilities among the services and “have them mutually supportable” on the ground, air and sea, Air Force BG James Smith told reporters May 22 at the Pentagon.
Smith headed the Millennium Challenge 2002 joint warfighting experiment July 24-Aug. 15.
As part of envisioned “effect-based operations,” Smith said DoD looks for forces to quickly access rapidly gathered and digitally stored information to get inside an adversary’s mind even before the first shots are fired.
Doing so, he explained, would dissuade potential enemies by producing a military “checkmate” favorable to American and allied national interests. Under this strategy, political or diplomatic solutions could be implemented before events escalate to war. If war does occur, such a capability enables U.S. military planners to be a step or two ahead of the enemy.
To do this, Smith said, the services must become more interoperable and share their information. “Why … have stray electrons going around the battlefield that nobody knows where they came from, or who’s seeing them?” he asked.
“We ought to be able to see them all,” said Smith, who’s also deputy commander of the Joint Warfighting Center at Suffolk, Va., part of U.S. Joint Forces Command, Norfolk, Va.
The experiment examined those, and other, capabilities the U.S. military would like to have around 2007, Smith said. Events involving a potential future adversary – played by fictional “Country X” – were part of the experiment’s crisis scenario.
About 80 percent of the experiment consisted of tabletop activities, while 20 percent involved troops and equipment, Smith said. Troop activity, he continued, occurred at Fort Irwin, Calif.; air operations were conducted at Nellis AFB, Nevada; and Navy and Marine activities were held off the coast of California.
Part of the experiment, Smith said, involved the newly created standing-joint-force headquarters-element concept that involves freestanding groups of joint planning, information and communication experts.
These standing staff cells – which can contain updated information about potential opponents’ infrastructure and other information of military value – can be attached to each joint-force task force as it deploys, Smith said. DoD plans to form five of these deployable headquarters and provide them to unified combatant commanders within a few years.
The process of obtaining joint interoperability “is going to be its own challenge,” Smith pointed out, noting, “You’ve got to build relationships, you’ve got to be willing to share information.
“We will get there, eventually,” he concluded.
Mr. Gilmore writes for American Forces Press Service.
WASHINGTON – As part of the ongoing initiative to transform the U.S. military into a 21st-century fighting force, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld announced his intention to merge two unified commands whose missions include control of America’s nuclear forces, military-space operations, computer-network operations, strategic warning and global planning.
The intended merger of U.S. Space Command and U.S. Strategic Command will improve combat effectiveness and speed up information collection and assessment needed for strategic decision-making, Rumsfeld said.
“The missions of SPACECOM and STRATCOM have evolved to the point where merging the two into a single entity will eliminate redundancies in the command structure and streamline the decision-making process,” said Rumsfeld.
STRATCOM, located at Offutt AFB in Nebraska, is the command-and-control center for U.S. nuclear forces. SPACECOM in Colorado Springs, Colo., commands military-space operations, information operations, computer-network operations and space-campaign planning. Both commands are charged with countering the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
“The merged command will be responsible for both early warning of and defense against missile attack as well as long-range conventional attacks,” Rumsfeld said.
The intended merger is scheduled to take place in October, and the preferred location for the command headquarters is Offutt AFB, Neb.
by Patrick Swan
WASHINGTON (Army News Service) – SPC Chip Gizmo reported for duty at Camp Swampy July 4 as GEN Halftrack’s new gadget-loving information-technology soldier. And one of the real Army’s top IT officers had a hand in selecting the character.
Back in May, “Beetle Bailey” creator Mort Walker invited readers to enter a national contest to name a new computer-specialist character for the long-running comic strip.
Readers submitted more than 84,000 names. A panel of judges from government information offices, including one from the Army’s G-6 staff, perused the names, ultimately selecting “Specialist Chip Gizmo” for the job. State Department employee Earl Hemminger, who said that he was helped by three colleagues, sent in the winning entry.
Had the judges felt differently, the new IT soldier might have been called Fidget, Glitch, Geekster or even Scuzzy. Those names and several others were part of the top 12 finalists. In that case, Gizmo would still be on the unemployment line.
Instead, it is the spiky-haired, gadget-toting Gizmo who finds himself in military uniform, interacting with the familiar faces of Beetle Bailey, Sarge, LT Jack Flap, GEN Halftrack and Miss Buxley.
|Mort Walker's new "Beetle Bailey" comic strip character, Chip Gizmo, represents the Signaleer. (Copyright 2002 King Features Syndicate; used by permission)|
“We believed that name accurately represents what this new character is all about,” said COL Edward Siomacco, who represented LTG Peter Cuviello, the Army’s chief information officer, as a judge on the selection panel.
“Chip Gizmo is a name that is descriptive without being derogatory,” said Siomacco, director of the Army’s Strategic Communications and Initiatives Office. “Specialist is a rank that is appropriate for the job he performs.”
Cuviello, better known to some as the Army’s top Signal officer, said he was pleased with the selected name.
“Chip Gizmo is a good choice and a good agent for the Army Signal community,” he said. “When a comic strip as famous and beloved as ‘Beetle Bailey’ decides to recognize the importance of our Army IT efforts, we know we’ve arrived. This is just one more indication of the importance we ‘'knowledge warriors’ play in the Army’s transformation to the Objective Force.”
Gizmo’s debut in the Beatle Bailey comic strip came July 4. And according to a source close to Walker, the new IT character has the background for his new assignment. He reportedly earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science in 1992. In the mid-1990s, he landed a high-paying job with a fast-moving dot.com firm. Following the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, he searched his soul for a means to show his enhanced sense of patriotism and love for country.
His search ended at Camp Swampy, when he enlisted in the Army.
Dell Computer Corporation underwrote costs for the “Name the IT Character” contest, with Northwest Airlines providing prize donations and the military Times newspapers offering promotional support.
Contest officials encouraged entrants to make a donation to the Fisher House Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides families of military personnel with temporary lodging in a home environment when visiting sick or injured active military members or veterans. More than $105,000 poured in. In August, to coincide with the opening of the newest Fisher House location, Dell will provide a desktop computer for each of the foundation’s 30 locations around the world.
“Our contest to name the new computer guy has been a lot of fun,” Walker said.
Beetle Bailey made his comic-strip debut as a college cutup on Sept. 4, 1950 in a mere 12 newspapers. Today, King Features syndicates “Beetle Bailey” to more than 1,800 newspapers around the globe, and it has become the third most widely distributed comic strip of all time. In May 2000, during the yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of “Beetle Bailey,” the Army honored Walker at the Pentagon with the Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service, the highest award the Army can bestow on a civilian.
Mr. Swan writes for the Army’s chief information office/G-6.
by Kevin Toolan
TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT, Pa. – Travel can create unforgettable memories. Just ask Leo Kieczkajlo and Jim Dudley.
Kieczkajlo recently earned the Humanitarian Service Award for life-saving actions during his co-worker’s medical emergency.
Tobyhanna’s liaison officer at the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, Huntsville, Ala., Kieczkajlo was at Fort Gordon, Ga., with Dudley, a logistics-management specialist in the depot’s Business Management Directorate. They were there to staff a depot exhibit at the Signal Symposium in November 2001 at the Army’s Signal Center.
Early the morning of Nov. 29, Dudley’s after-dinner “indigestion” had turned into severe chest pain. He told Kieczkajlo of his discomfort. Kieczkajlo urged the front-desk worker of the hotel where the men were staying to call a local ambulance service. Medical technicians checked Dudley’s vital signs but couldn’t determine his status, so they recommended he go to the hospital for a more thorough examination.
“Jim could have gone in the ambulance, but since we both were awake, I drove him to University Hospital in Augusta [Ga.], which happens to specialize in cardiac medicine,” Kieczkajlo said.
Doctors at University Hospital said Dudley was having a heart attack. Dudley was immediately hospitalized and scheduled for emergency surgical procedures, including angioplasty and placement of a stint.
While he was being admitted, Kieczkajlo reported Dudley’s condition to his acting director, Marti Stanczak. Stanczak contacted Dudley’s wife, Pat. Pat, their son and oldest daughter immediately began driving to Georgia, with Kieczkajlo relaying medical updates back through the depot to the family. He also arranged to have accommodations ready for them when they arrived; the Dudley family arrived while Jim was in surgery.
“Leo was invaluable. I can’t put a price on what he did in helping me and in keeping my family informed,” Dudley said.
The hospital’s physicians believed Kieczkajlo’s prompt actions in the early morning hours of Nov. 29, combined with their diagnosis and immediate surgery, were lifesavers.
With Dudley out of danger, Kieczkajlo returned to the symposium for the rest of the event and then handled all the administrative details to return the depot display to Tobyhanna. Dudley was discharged three days after his surgery and traveled home with his family.
After his recuperation, Dudley returned to work earlier this year. He reports he has made a full recovery and feels well.
Mr. Toolan is Tobyhanna’s public-affairs officer.
by Patrick Swan
– The information war is an ongoing battle that information-technology warriors
fight every day, Army Secretary Thomas White said to the more than 2,000
attendees at the 2002 Directorate of Information Management Conference here May
ATLANTA – The information war is an ongoing battle that information-technology warriors fight every day, Army Secretary Thomas White said to the more than 2,000 attendees at the 2002 Directorate of Information Management Conference here May 13-16.
“The efforts put forth by men and women in DOIMs around the world are vital to the Army and the nation,” White said in his keynote remarks. “This asymmetric threat will continue to grow, and it will require vigilance and innovation on your part to overcome.”
White said that while people in the Pentagon can establish policy and guidelines, the “heavy lifting” to carry out those policies and guidelines is done by DOIMs. “And you’ve never failed,” he said.
LTG Peter Cuviello, the chief information officer/G-6, also addressed the conference. “Our top priority is transforming the mindsets and behaviors of Army senior leaders to the enterprise management of the IT world,” Cuviello said. “We have highly skilled resources dedicated to our five Army Knowledge Management goals, and we are getting excellent results.”
Those goals are to reshape IT investment strategy; integrate knowledge management and best-business practices into Army processes; manage the infostructure at the enterprise level; scale Army Knowledge On-line as the enterprise portal; and harness human capital.
The CIO/G-6’s director of enterprise integration, Miriam Browning, said there was a great deal of interest this year in the realignment of the Army’s information-management community and in the transformation of the Army’s installation-management world.
MG James Hylton, Army Signal Command’s commander, and Jan Menig, deputy assistant chief of staff for installation management, provided updates at the plenary session. They discussed the regionalization of both the G-6 and installation functions into four continental U.S. areas (Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest) and three overseas areas (Korea, Pacific and Europe).
Information assurance supporting homeland security was also an agenda highlight. Panel members for that discussion included representatives from the Army, state government, academia and the private sector.
“Each had a different perspective to share, but all had a common goal – how to work together, using best practices/procedures and collaborative technologies, to achieve better information flows and stronger security in all areas of homeland security,” Browning said.
“One of the reasons we sponsor this conference every year is to bring people together to learn from each other – and this year’s conference certainly met that expectation,” she added.
Mr. Swan is the public-affairs liaison to the CIO/G-6.
WASHINGTON – The Defense Department released the ninth Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation May 17, which assesses the effectiveness of military pay and benefits in recruiting and retaining a high-quality force.
Today’s force is more educated than in the past, according to the report, which concluded that current pay doesn’t include a premium high enough to retain this more educated force.
The ninth QRMC found that compensation, particularly for mid-grade enlisted members and junior officers, hasn’t kept pace with the earnings of comparably educated workers in the private sector. The 2002 pay raise, the largest in two decades, was based on the QRMC findings and did much to remedy the situation.
The QRMC also recommends that military pay compensate for the special demands associated with military life. To do so, the report says, pay should be set above average levels in the private sector, at around the 70th percentile of comparably educated civilians. To meet this goal in retaining high-quality service members, additional targeted pay raises will be needed. These targeted pay raises are included in DoD’s proposed budget for fiscal 2003.
The ninth QRMC also examined special pays and bonuses and the financial well-being of certain segments of the military population. These included:
|Junior-enlisted family income (including eligibility for food stamps);|
|Earnings of military spouses;|
|Allowances for members assigned overseas;|
|Veterans’ educational benefits; and|
|Military retiree post-service earnings.|
The ninth QRMC is on the web at http://dticaw.dtic.mil/prhome/qrmc/.
by SFC Kathleen Rhem
WASHINGTON – Defense Department engineers are developing the 2010-era Objective Force Warrior even before the next-generation Land Warrior is fielded in 2004.
Project managers from the Natick Soldier Center in Natick, Mass., rolled out a prototype OF Warrior for the Pentagon press corps May 23.
Project engineer Dutch Degay called the prototype the “latest and greatest” individual soldier system. He explained that Army Chief of Staff GEN Eric Shinseki tasked the Natick lab to “completely rebuild the (combat) soldier as we know him.”
Historically, researchers have devised upgrades to current equipment. The OF Warrior program tossed out the current system of individual equipment in its entirety and designed a new “integrated, holistic” system from the skin out, Degay said.
He explained that the Land Warrior system adds many new capabilities to the current system of field gear through an electronic component soldiers will carry.
The OF Warrior system, scheduled for fielding in 2008, completely integrates these electronic capabilities. Degay explained that soldiers will never again have to wear cumbersome night-vision or infrared goggles or heavy laser-training components on their helmets. These and other features – thermal sensors, day-night video cameras, and chemical and biological sensors – are fully integrated within the helmet. The OF Warrior system also includes a visor that can act as a “heads-up display monitor” equivalent to two 17-inch computer monitors in front of the soldier’s eyes.
The uniform system is a multifunction garment working from the inside out, Degay said. It incorporates physiological sensors that allow the soldier, the chain of command and nearby medics to monitor the soldier’s blood pressure, heart rate, internal and external body temperature, and caloric consumption rate. Commanders and medics can access the information through a tactical local-area network.
Heat and cold injuries are responsible for a large percentage of casualties in both battle and training, Degay said. But if a medic can monitor a soldier’s vital signs, many of these types of injuries can be prevented.
If a soldier is injured, medics can start making an assessment before they even get to an injured soldier. “And that saves time on the battlefield,” Degay said.
The OF Warrior system has a built-in “microclimate conditioning system.” Degay explained the private climate-control system has a “spacer fabric” that’s a little bit thicker than a regular cotton T-shirt. The garment has “capillaries” that blow hot or cold air through the system.
The system’s many functions are powered by fuel cells, which Degay described as “cellphone batteries on steroids.”
A primary concern in designing the OF Warrior system is overall weight carried by individual soldiers. Soldiers on combat patrols in Afghanistan today typically carry 92 to 105 pounds of mission-essential equipment, Degay said. This can include extra ammunition, chemical protective gear and cold-weather clothing.
The requirement for the OF Warrior system is to weigh no more than 45 to 50 pounds. Many of the system’s built-in functions do away with the need to carry extra equipment. The climate-control feature eliminates the need to carry extra clothing. The outer garment has some biological and chemical protection capabilities, reducing the need to carry extra protective gear.
“What we’re trying to do at the very fabric-of-the-uniform level is consolidate all those systems into one so we lessen the overall bulk and weight” carried by soldiers, Degay said.
Anything else that’s mission-essential but not built into the individual soldier system will be carried on a “robotic mule.” Degay explained the mule is part of the system. Each squad will have one of the small, remote-controlled wheeled vehicles that can perform a multitude of functions for the soldiers.
“(The mule) will assist with not only taking some of the load carriage off the individual soldier, but it also provides a host of other functions,” he said. “Primarily water generation (and) water purification. It’s a recharging battery station for all the individual OF Warriors in the squad. It acts as a weapons platform. It has day and night thermal, infrared and forward-looking imaging systems inside the nose of the mule, as well as chemical-biological sensors.”
The mule can also communicate with unmanned aerial vehicles to give the squad members a true 360-degree image of the battlefield. Currently this capability isn’t available below the battalion level, Degay said.
“It’s a follower, and it can be manipulated and brought forth by any member of the squad,” he said. “It’s essentially a mini load-carriage system that’s there for them all the time, which allows us to lighten the load for the individual soldier, but it has resupply available at a moment’s notice.”
Degay said that in the past, such foresight and interchangeability has only gone into major weapons and vehicle platforms.
“Historically we have spent millions of dollars on platforms,” he said. But, “the soldier is the centerpiece of our Army, and we are finally making that investment for (the soldier) individually.”
SFC Rhem writes for American Forces Press Service.
FORT GORDON, Ga. – The U.S. Army Signal Center and Fort Gordon welcomed a new commanding general as BG Janet Hicks took the reins from MG John “Pat” Cavanaugh in a change-of-command ceremony Aug. 7.
Hicks became the Army’s 30th but first female Chief of Signal.
|BG Janet Hicks smiles after accepting the guidon from GEN John Abrams, Training and Doctrine Command's commander. Outgoing Chief of Signal MG John Cavanaugh faces the new Chief of Signal.|
Hicks was reassigned from serving as director of Command, Control, Communications and Computer Systems/J-6, U.S. Pacific Command, Camp Smith, Hawaii, for two years. Previously she was the Signal Center’s chief of staff July 1999-May 2000 and commanded 516th Signal Brigade at Fort Shafter, Hawaii, June 1997-June 1999. Other assignments include chief of Personnel Command’s Signal Branch, Officer Personnel Management Directorate; 125th Signal Battalion’s commander; and communications officer in U.S. Central Command’s J-6 office.
She has been a Signal officer since March 1975, when she received a direct appointment to second lieutenant. She holds a bachelor’s degree in French language and literature from Simpson College and a master’s degree in education from Georgia Southern University.
Cavanaugh, who has been Chief of Signal since July 2000, retires after 32 years’ service. Beginning Sept. 3, he became president of Gate Safe Inc., which inspects and verifies all Federal Aviation Administration-mandated security functions related to the packing and delivery of in-flight food and beverages to the U.S. commercial-airline industry.
AUGUSTA, Ga. – Percy Ricks died here July 14. Ricks was perhaps best known for being the youngest first sergeant (age 22) in contemporary Army history and the first black first sergeant of a racially mixed Signal Corps unit (U.S. Army Photographic Center, Long Island, N.Y.) – two years before President Harry Truman signed the executive order ending segregation in the armed forces.
Drafted like many Americans in the pre-World War II Army build-up of September 1941, within 11 months he was promoted to first sergeant and assigned as special cadre in charge of two training companies at Camp Carson, Colo. One year later, in April 1943, Ricks’ company deployed overseas to Tunisia and then to Italy.
Once his World War II service ended and he was discharged, he re-enlisted for three years, regaining his rank and position as a Signal Corps first sergeant. He retired in 1962 after 21 years’ service.
He donated his personal papers to the Signal Center in 1993. On Jan. 25 of this year, the Army art room at the Signal Museum on Fort Gordon, Ga., was designated the Percy Ricks Room in his honor. The room contains his uniform, Army art going back to World War II and an Oscar the Army won in 1946.
This article drawn from Fort Gordon public-affairs office sources and from an article in Army Communicator’s World War II edition, www.gordon.army.mil/ac/WWII/ricks.htm.
by MAJ Joseph Berry Jr.
SATTAHIP, Thailand – About 21,000 soldiers, airmen, sailors and Marines from the U.S., Thai and Singapore militaries – including 10 soldiers from Team Signal and dozens of other Signal soldiers from the Pacific theater – took part in the largest exercise in the Asia-Pacific region.
Along with the exercise participants, there were 18 other countries participating as observers, including Russia, China and Indonesia. This 21st Cobra Gold exercise focused on peace-enforcement operations, which included evacuating civilians from Thailand to Singapore.
“In the wake of the events of Sept. 11, , this year’s military training was more focused on real-world challenges,” said MAJ Kay Slagle of the U.S. Army Pacific G-6 staff, who served as the exercise’s coalition executive assistant. Born in Thailand, she was instrumental as a communications liaison between U.S. and Thai communicators, helping to lift the language barrier.
“The exercise involved both conventional and unconventional forces and was designed to improve U.S./Thai/Singapore combat readiness and interoperability while enhancing security relations and demonstrating U.S. resolve to support the security interest of friends and allies in the region,” Slagle said.
The Third Marine Expeditionary Force was the designated joint-task-force command, with COL Tim Learn serving as the combined-task-force J-6 officer. He was charged with the overall mission of developing the communications plan supporting the warfighters.
The communications architecture also encompassed the requirements of the Combined Exercise Control Group led by MG Roger Brautigan, deputy commander of I Corps. The 29th Signal Battalion, Fort Lewis, Wash., provided communications for this element.
“The result of this plan was seamless communications networks, which provided robust voice, data and message traffic,” Slagle explained. “The data networks included coalition wide-area network, which was the primary means of communications, secure Internet-protocol routing network for classified traffic and nonsecure Internet-protocol routing network for unclassified e-mail.”
Slagle said this year’s exercise manifested a number of firsts. Cobra Gold ‘02 marked the first U.S.-Thai videoconference interface, which extended from various locations throughout Thailand back to Hawaii. The Hawaii connection included the U.S. Pacific Command J-6 director, BG Jan Hicks.
Another achievement was the integrated digital voice interface between the Thai “Cobra” switch and the U.S. AN/TTC-39D triservice-tactical switch, provided by 319th Signal Battalion out of Sacramento, Calif. – courtesy of a dismountable commercial private-branch exchange switch known as “Redcom,” which was provided by PACOM.
The final first was the establishment of an “Internet Café” via a commercial Internet service provider. Although used by all, this was instrumental in providing the Thai military a tool to pass unclassified data since they don’t have NIPRNET capability, Slagle explained.
In addition to Slagle, Team Signal participants included two other soldiers from the USARPAC G-6/516th Signal Brigade’s Tactical Support Division. MAJ Joseph Berry served as a plans officer and host-nation communications officer, responsible for communications planning and coordinating all host-nation communications support for U.S. forces. MSG Jesus Soto was dual-hatted as the JTF operations chief and noncommissioned officer-in-charge of the Joint Spectrum Management Element, responsible for overall communications expertise and frequency management.
SFC Julius Taylor, 59th Signal Battalion, Alaska, served as a Joint Communications Control Center watch chief, responsible for maintaining communications status.
From 78th Signal Battalion, Camp Zama, Japan, were SSG Jose Leon, who worked in the message center and was responsible for sending and receiving record traffic, both real-world and exercise; and SGT Melissa Eccleston and SPC Shani Fielder, who both worked diligently with the data-communications section keeping the CTF staff operational.
From 58th Signal Battalion, Okinawa, Japan, were SGT Bradley Wheeler, SPC Justin Lidgett and SPC John Macleod – all satellite-communications operators – who served as technical controllers supporting the CTF in Sattahip and the Marine Expeditionary Brigade in Samaesan. They were vital in coordinating and troubleshooting reachback into the standardized-tactical-entry-point sites located at Fort Buckner, Japan, and Wahaiwa, Hawaii.
Other Signal support from USARPAC included participation by 804th Signal Company (U.S. Army Reserve), which supported CTF headquarters. The 804th was augmented with five soldiers from 319th Signal Battalion, who manned the AN/TTC-39D. This switch was used because of 804th’s single-shelter switch new-equipment fielding/training.
|SFC Paul McCoy of 804th Signal Company runs CX11230 cable from the Joint Communications Control Center to CTF headquarters in Sattahip, Thailand, during Exercise Cobra Gold '02.|
The 125th Signal Battalion again participated, playing a vital role in providing communications support to the Army forces located in Sa Kaeo, Thailand.
“The result of Cobra Gold 2002 was another great, successful exercise that was a product of the tireless efforts, dedication and hard work of all soldiers, airmen, sailors and Marines from the U.S., Thai and Singapore militaries,” said Slagle. “In the mighty words of an unknown Marine, ‘It was the best Cobra Gold ever.’”
MAJ Berry is assigned as operations and exercise officer, Tactical Support Division, G-6, USARPAC, at Fort Shafter, Hawaii.
by Bill McPherson
SAN DIEGO – Members of two battalions from 516th Signal Brigade swept five of the seven Army Defense Message System awards presented April 8 at the DMS Users’ Conference in San Diego, according to Jerry Tanabe, brigade DMS project manager.
Plaques were presented to the following Team Signal winners from Okinawa and Alaska:
|DMS Pioneer Award – SFC Randall Ferson, 58th Signal Battalion;|
|DMS User of the Year – Celine Johnson, 507th Signal Company, 59th Signal Battalion;|
|Local Control Center Team of the Year – Fort Richardson, Alaska, LCC, 59th Signal Battalion;|
|DMS System Administrator of the Year – SGT Andrewlo Jackson, Fort Buckner LCC, 58th Signal Battalion; and|
|LCC of the Year – Fort Buckner, 58th Signal Battalion.|
“Ferson’s Pioneer Award was in recognition of his valiant efforts involved with the initial installation of DMS fielding at Torii Station, Okinawa,” said Tanabe, who won the prestigious award last year for spearheading DMS’ implementation Pacific theater-wide.
“Later in the year, it was decided to move the LCC at Torii Station to Fort Buckner, which had a larger customer base,” Tanabe explained. “Jackson is the LCC chief and, under his leadership, they relocated the LCC to Buckner, working long hours on the logistics and closely coordinating all aspects of the move with the customers.
“Due to the successful move, excellent training of LCC personnel and outstanding maintenance of servers at the now-Fort Buckner LCC, its personnel provided conspicuously outstanding support to all Army organizations on Okinawa,” Tanabe said. “Thus its LCC of the Year award.”
The 59th Signal Battalion in Alaska, which took the LCC of the Year award last year, received two awards this year.
Celine Johnson, DMS User of the Year, was recognized for her proactive help with upgrades to e-mail systems at Fort Wainwright, which had been chosen as a testbed for e-mail upgrades. “Celine accomplished those upgrades ahead of schedule without causing any interruptions to the e-mail system,” noted Tanabe.
The Fort Richardson LCC also received the DMS LCC Team of the Year award.
“The knowledge, expertise and teamwork of the Fort Richardson LCC team have been instrumental in their success of implementing and maintaining DMS throughout U.S. Army Alaska,” said CPT Dean Denter, 507th Signal Company’s commander. “As a team they have exceeded the Automatic Digital Network-to-DMS transition deadline; upgraded all DMS servers and client workstations to 2.2 ahead of schedule; and completed the Certification Authority Workstation 4.2.1 upgrade with no impact to the customers. By combining their experience, the support provided to the customers within USARAK has ensured confidence in DMS as the new messaging system for the 21st-century Army.”
Mr. McPherson is 516th Signal Brigade’s public-affairs officer. SGT Robyn Baer of Fort Wainwright’s public-affairs office and MSG Catherine Bridge of 59th Signal Battalion also contributed to this article.
by CPT Dean Denter
FORT GREELY, Alaska – In response to a changing mission at Fort Greely and build-up of a missile-defense program here, the 507th Signal Company workforce is undergoing an increase of 100-percent strength, with more changes and personnel expected in the future.
Two signal companies, 408th and 507th – both part of 59th Signal Battalion – were merged in August 2000. The merger was part of the congressionally mandated base realignment and closure of Fort Greely, which was then nearly complete.
When the companies were combined, 507th’s headquarters was relocated to Fort Wainwright, Alaska, and only three civilian technicians remained at Fort Greely to support the remaining units and training requirements here.
“With the current expansion of the post because of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense Joint Program Office and Space and Missile Defense Command, Fort Greely is going through rapid and large growing pains,” said LTC James Riseley, 59th Signal Battalion’s commander, who briefed MG James Hylton, Army Signal Command’s commander, on the expansion project during a command visit to Alaska in May.
|LTC James Riseley (left), 59th Signal Battalion's commander, discusses communications support to missile-defense projects with MG James Hylton, Army Signal Command's commander, during a Chinook flight from Fort Wainwright to Fort Greely.|
“One thing is for certain, with the final BRAC of Fort Greely in 2001 and the buildup of GMD and SMDC starting shortly afterwards, 507th Signal Company’s mission at Fort Greely has been anything but closed,” Riseley noted.
Increased Signal requirements at Fort Greely include more than 500 additional telephone lines and new network requirements to support GMD JPO and SMDC, Riseley explained. Also, several contractors, the largest of which is Boeing, have set up operations at Greely as they plan and build to reach a schedule for the defense test site to be operational in Fall 2004.
CPT Denter is 507th Signal Company’s commander.
by MSG Bill Gierke
FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii – Seven soldiers from Team Signal deployed to the Philippines this spring to support Exercise Balikatan 02-2 civil-military operations.
MSG Bill Gierke of Detachment 1, 311th Theater Signal Command; SSG Melvin Machado and SPC Benjamin Schrempp, 516th Signal Brigade; and SSG Les Call, SGT Eric McCrory, SPC Ben Camerlin and PFC Gary Hill, 30th Signal Battalion; made up the Signal team.
Before they arrived in Ternate, Cavite, the Philippines, team members learned to operate a piece of equipment unfamiliar to them: the AN/PSC-5 “Spitfire” single-channel tactical-satellite radio, used in the demand-assigned multiple-access mode. In addition to Spitfire, Team Signaleers provided communications connectivity via Iridium satellite phones, cellular phones and International Maritime Satellite.
|SPC Benjamin Schrempp, 516th Signal Brigade, uses a Spitfire radio to check into the net with the civil-military operations headquarters during Exercise Balikatan '02.|
Based on force-protection issues associated with the Philippines, these communications systems provided valuable communication links to the civil-military operations headquarters and to the exercise-directive headquarters located at Clark Field. Team Signaleers were also instrumental in training Armed Forces Philippines soldiers on using satellite systems, e-mail, Microsoft information systems, Iridium phones and INMARSAT. This was a great opportunity for soldiers to experience the multicultural flair which combined joint exercises provide.
In addition to providing communications between the outlying sites, McCrory produced a video of CMO activities and of the exercise’s closing ceremonies.
MSG Gierke is assigned to Detachment 1, 311th Theater Signal Command.
by 1LT Chris Melary
MANNHEIM, Germany –
An eight-soldier “mini-package” from Company C, 44th Signal Battalion, 7th
Signal Brigade, 5th Signal Command, here returned April 19 from Lagos, Nigeria,
marking the successful end to Operation Avid Recovery.
The “mini-package” – so named when 21st Theater Support Command based in Kaiserslautern, Germany, limited the light-package size to eight soldiers – provided critical reachback capabilities for a 60-person task force.
The task force, mostly made up of explosive-ordnance-disposal and medical soldiers, was sent on short notice to assist the Nigerian government in the cleanup of a disastrous ammunition-depot explosion. The explosion rocked a heavily populated military installation in the middle of Lagos in late January and caused more than 1,000 deaths in the city of nearly 14 million people. It left a large part of the installation littered with unexploded ordnance.
The team’s equipment and bags were already packed and ready to deploy as the Command-and-Control Force’s Enhancement-Module Package, which is 5th Signal Command’s contribution to U.S. Army Europe’s Immediate Ready Force.
After they arrived in Nigeria Feb. 27, 44th Signal Battalion soldiers established the communications network for the task force while the medical team established a field-surgery site at the airfield. Once communications and medical people gave the thumbs up, explosive-ordnance-disposal soldiers began disposing of the unexploded ordnance hazards.
1LT Melary is assigned to 44th Signal Battalion in Mannheim.
by 1LT Daniel Caunt
MANNHEIM, Germany – The Fighting 44th Signal Battalion took part in a historic ceremony April 16 in which the Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm campaign streamer was added to the battalion’s colors.
MG James Hylton, Army Signal Command’s commander, and LTC Theresa Coles, 44th Signal Battalion’s commander, participated in the ceremony.
The 44th is part of 7th Signal Brigade, 5th Signal Command, ASC. Originally constituted Feb. 3, 1944, 44th Signal Battalion went through a series of activations and deactivations until Sept. 16, 1980, when it was activated in the Republic of Germany, where it remains today.
Hylton’s presence at the ceremony made it special, since it was under his command more than a decade ago that 44th Signal Battalion served in Southwest Asia supporting Operation Desert Shield /Desert Storm.
1LT Caunt is assigned to 44th Signal Battalion in Mannheim.
by SSG Tywanna Sparks
FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. – Youths from a local school and 11th Signal Brigade soldiers teamed up to donate bedding and stuffed animals to an Afghanistan refugee camp in May during the unit’s Operation Enduring Freedom deployment.
Students from Veritas Christian Community School in Sierra Vista, Ariz., donated 15 boxes filled with stuffed animals, clothes, blankets and sheets to the camp, said MAJ Kelly Knitter, operations officer, 86th Signal Battalion, 11th Signal Brigade.
The humanitarian effort began when a soldier visited a children’s hospital to fix a generator, she said.
“After the soldier returned from the hospital, he told the command how bad the conditions were. Children were sleeping on the floor, they had no toys and they needed clothes. Our battalion commander (LTC David Dodd) expressed how he wanted to do something for these children,” Knitter said.
The battalion’s family-readiness group leader, Sharon Dodd, then stepped in and contacted the faculty at the school in Sierra Vista.
Late last year the school was involved in a project in support of America’s Fund for Afghan Children. Students made flags, and a private donor stepped forward and bought each flag for $1. Students then passed out the flags to soldiers in 11th Signal Brigade and the money was donated to the fund, Dodd said.
“They started off with making a little flag and donating a dollar, and it grew into helping quite a few children. It’s amazing to see how a little seed that was planted grew,” she said.
The entire school family became involved in this project, said Karen Bolton, Veritas Christian Community School principal.
“When we received the message about the deplorable conditions over there, we decided what we could do is collect donations and buy new items,” Bolton said. “We sent a message home to our parents asking them for donations to take care of shipping costs. We had items donated from the Sierra Vista Police Department and Grace Church. Some of our students even packed their favorite toys in the boxes that were shipped.”
It was a humbling experience for all involved, she said.
“I think it’s amazing because our students can’t relate to Afghan children. They are half a world away, and they just don’t understand what it means to never have held a stuffed animal before or not to have sheets on their beds. Being able to see these pictures and see how happy they are with whatever we can give them is a real eye opener for them,” Bolton said.
“I think that this experience touched not only children at Veritas, but also soldiers’ lives and certainly everyone involved,” Dodd said.
“When the items were distributed to Afghan children in May, it was an unforgettable experience,” Knitter said.
“It’s hard to describe what a refugee camp is like. It’s a very sparse and lonely place populated with women, children and elderly men. When we arrived at the camp, a swarm of kids welcomed us,” she said. “Soldiers greeted them with toys, stuffed animals and other goodies. The children were very determined and aggressive at times, but they were just so excited that we were there. This experience was probably the highlight of my time here. It brought a smile to the faces of soldiers involved.”
|An Afghan boy plays with some of the toys donated by Veritas Christian Community School, Sierra Vista, Ariz.|
SSG Sparks is assigned to 11th Signal Brigade’s public-affairs office at Fort Huachuca.
by Patrick Swan
WASHINGTON – Calling it a symbol of how a transforming Army won’t engage in “business as usual,” the Army’s chief information officer unveiled a logo for the CIO/G-6 staff directorate here July 1.
LTG Peter Cuviello rolled out the logo during a “town hall” meeting in the Pentagon, where he briefed about 100 workers on information-management initiatives.
LTC Raymond Jones, a member of Cuviello’s staff, designed the CIO/G-6 logo, basing it on an exiting logo for Army Knowledge Management.
Various features in the CIO/G-6 logo are emblematic. The “A” stands for Army. The circling electron represents the future network-centric Army. The orange in the electron draws its roots from the Signal Branch colors; the migration of orange to yellow represents the transition to the light of knowledge. The world map represents the global reach of the Army knowledge.
The name change to CIO/G-6 became necessary when the Army refocused the mission and focus for the former Directorate of Information Systems for Command, Control, Communications and Computers – as part of its overall headquarters Army realignment announced in December 2001.
The Army Chief of Staff, GEN Eric Shinseki, outlined the tenets of that realignment. These include the elimination of redundancies; the movement of operational functions to field units and commands; the centralization of management functions at Army headquarters; the refocusing of organizations on their core missions and functions; and the return of manpower savings to operational organizations.
Today, as the CIO/deputy chief of staff, G-6, Cuviello provides guidance and direction for the Army’s transformation into a network-centric, knowledge-based enterprise and force.
“With the Army undergoing the most fundamental change in more than a century, we’re making great progress in achieving our enterprise vision of a single Army network, a single-enterprise Army portal and universal access to Army knowledge wherever a soldier may be,” Cuviello said. “This refocusing of the CIO/G-6 mission signifies a fundamental shift in how the Army manages its infostructure. It establishes a collaborative operational model to accomplish missions in either the tactical or functional (institutional) Army.
“This CIO/G-6 logo is simply a reminder about what we are all about,” he said.
Mr. Swan provides public-affairs support to the Army CIO/G-6.
by SFC Kathleen Rhem
WASHINGTON – Military officers and Defense Department civilians can now earn a defense-focused masters of business-administration degree through the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif.
The program covers all the elements of a typical MBA program but focuses some of the material on military-specific issues, according to Douglas Brook, dean of the institution’s Graduate School of Business and Public Policy.
Brook said this is the only defense-focused MBA program in the country.
Military officers, typically in the O-3 to O-4 ranks, attend the school for 18 months on a resident basis. Brook explained that most of the officers are from the Navy, but officers from other services and civilians are welcome to apply.
The first 50 students in the program began their coursework in January, and another 100 began studies this summer. Brook explained new classes start twice each year.
In September, the school will enter into a partnership with the University of Maryland to offer the same degree on a nonresident basis in Washington. Classes will meet on Saturdays with Maryland professors and instructors teaching the common subjects, and military-specific subjects being taught by visiting faculty from Monterey or through distance-learning methods.
“We’re taking our basic MBA program here and offering it to a different population of students – people who would never be able to come to Monterey on a resident program but would like a defense-focused MBA,” Brook said.
He said he expects 12 to 25 DoD civilians to enroll in the new program here this year.
The defense-focused MBA has three pieces, Brook said. A business core will reflect subjects covered in other MBA programs, but with a DoD focus. For instance, subjects might include economics for a defense manager, and an organizational design course would focus on defense organizations, Brook explained.
A mission-related segment of coursework would include broad courses aimed at defense management, including courses in DoD strategy and policy, DoD resource determination, e-business for defense, and the budget and appropriations process.
The third piece of this degree is what Brooks called an individual concentration. “They’ll concentrate coursework on areas in which they might be assigned,” he said. “This way they’ll get what they need in terms of more direct professional qualifications.”
He said individual concentration areas could include acquisition and contracting, logistics, financial management, human-resource management or information management.
Individuals seeking more information on the defense-focused MBA programs through the Naval Postgraduate School should speak to their assignments manager or detailer, or check the school’s website at www.nps.navy.mil.
SFC Rhem writes for American Forces Press Service.
by Linda Kozaryn
WASHINGTON – The Defense Department’s unconventional war against terrorism has spawned an unconventional website to report news about that war: DefendAmerica.mil.
The new site, which can also be found at DefendAmerica.gov, offers the latest news, photographs, transcripts and other information about the U.S.-led global effort against terrorism. As DefendAmerica’s editor, David Jackson, put it: “If it has anything to do with the war, we’re interested.”
DoD launched the site before Operation Enduring Freedom began last October. The goal was to inform the public, both in the United States and abroad, of what America was doing to combat global terrorism, according to Victoria Clarke, assistant secretary of defense for public affairs.
“We wanted people to know what our service members were doing at home and overseas,” the Pentagon spokeswoman said. “Our goal is to help the public understand and appreciate how dedicated and committed our men and women in uniform really are.”
The site captured attention quickly. Shortly after DefendAmerica’s debut on the Internet, USA Today named it a “hot site” and Time Magazine reported: “If you want the official war news, that’s easy – go to the Pentagon’s comprehensive site, http://www.defendamerica.mil/
Although DefendAmerica has been available to the public for only seven months, it already boasts readers in more than 70 countries, and links to it can be found on websites all over the Internet, according to Jackson, a veteran newspaper and magazine journalist who was brought on board to edit DefendAmerica.
Content on the site changes daily, Jackson said, and includes coverage of every Pentagon briefing by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other top military officials.
A feature called “Americans Working Together” reports on the myriad ways Americans are working together to combat terrorism, while “Profile” spotlights individuals and the roles they play in the war effort. Archives of both features can be accessed on the site.
DefendAmerica was also the home of “America’s Thank You Note,” an on-line form where supporters were invited to sign a virtual thank-you note to U.S. service members during May for National Military Appreciation Month.
A daily feature titled “We Remember Their Sacrifice” pays tribute to each victim who died in last year’s Sept. 11 attack on the Pentagon.
Military buffs have found the site to be a rich source of information on military aircraft and equipment. A section called “Database” offers technical information about a range of military systems and equipment, from the perennial M-16 rifle to the newest Predator aerial vehicle. Another section, “Backgrounder,” offers information on subjects from Afghanistan to weather and its influence on warfare.
The site also contains links to other U.S. government and military websites along with streaming audio and video news stories.
DefendAmerica reports on all branches of the military, including the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard, both active-duty and reserve components.
Probably the most popular feature, according to Jackson, has been DefendAmerica’s photo-gallery archive, which offers photo essays by Joint Combat Camera and other military photographers that chronicle the progress of the war, from the Sept. 11 terrorists’ attacks to the current campaign to help Afghanistan rebuild after years of civil war and unrest.
“There are a lot of stories to tell about this war effort,” Jackson said, “and there’s an enormous demand out there from both Americans and our international readers to learn more. We’re glad they’re finding us an authoritative place to see what’s going on.”
Ms. Kozaryn writes for American Forces Press Service.
by SSG Gary Watson
FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. – When PVT Ed Menard arrived here in 1971 after basic training, he was already on “Plan B,” which was to attend military-intelligence school, serve his three-year enlistment and return to university teaching. “Plan A” had been to continue teaching.
Now COL Ed Menard, assistant chief of staff, G-2 (intelligence) for Army Signal Command here, is leaving ASC for his final military assignment.
|COL Ed Menard compares Signal and military intelligence as "variations of a theme and flip sides of a coin."|
Menard’s new assignment is the new North Atlantic Treaty Organization headquarters in Greece, the Joint Command South Center in Lárisa. Menard, who graduated with departmental honors in history from American International College in Springfield, Mass., notes that the headquarters is on NATO’s southern flank “at the historic line where the Greeks stood off the Persians and Turks.”
His new assignment won’t be his first with NATO, which in a way prepared him for his ASC post. “I was working in NATO headquarters in Brussels on my previous assignment when the Melissa virus hit, and I saw the 19 countries either knocked off the air or voluntarily pull off the air, and I happen to believe that the kinds of threats to our networks today represent one of the new modern threats in the post-Cold War period, and so I wanted to learn more about network operations, threats to networks, network security,” he said. “So when the opportunity came to become the G-2 of this command, I grabbed it.”
Menard sees a close relationship between Signal and intelligence. “My own personal view is that MI and Signal are variations of a theme and the flip side of a coin,” he said.
His views of Signal influenced him to become a ham-radio operator. “Now I’m involved in MARS,” he said. ASC runs the Army Military Affiliate Radio System.
“One of my goals as I move off to Greece is to identify other American ham operators that might be in the force. … What I’d like to do is to establish a MARS station working out of Lárisa that would link into 5th Signal Command and obviously the folks back home,” he said.
Menard envisions more high-tech developments in both Signal and MI, and sees the two working even more closely together in the future. “I think MI and Signal cannot survive without each other working hand in glove,” he said.
When he began, he said, high-tech might consist of blue ink from the mimeograph. Now he sees the expanded use of unmanned aerial vehicles in areas of hostilities. “MI needs UAV video bandwidth” to bring real-time or near-real-time video from the battlefield to the commanders, he said.
SSG Watson is assigned to ASC’s public-affairs office.
by Gerry Gilmore
WASHINGTON – Pointing to U.S. combined-arms success against terrorists in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld recently said that joint operations would be the major element of America’s 21st-century military.
Rumsfeld, joined by Air Force GEN Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and other senior Pentagon officials, kicked off this year’s May 17-18 Joint Service Open House at Andrews AFB, Md., outside Washington.
The secretary noted that visitors “would see men and women and equipment from all the services of the U.S. military.” America’s service members, he added, “work together to carry out America’s missions around the world. Indeed, joint operations are and will be the key to our success on the battlefield throughout the 21st century.”
Rumsfeld noted that America’s military today is not only engaged in a global war on terrorism, it’s also in the midst of transforming itself to better meet anticipated threats of the future.
Just as America’s allies helped achieve victory in World War II, today America has allies in the global war on terrorism, Rumsfeld pointed out. He praised the allied Airborne Warning and Control System crews from 13 countries that had patrolled U.S. airspace from Oct. 9, 2001, until May 16 as part of homeland-defense efforts.
That assistance, Rumsfeld noted, was the first time that North Atlantic Treaty Organization assets were deployed in direct support of operations in the continental United States. That support underlined “the strong commitment of NATO in the fight against terrorism,” the secretary said. “We appreciate what they’ve done, we appreciate the people of those NATO countries who enabled them to do that.”
Mr. Gilmore writes for American Forces Press Service.
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