by SFC Joe Vano
FORT A.P. HILL, Va. � 311th Theater Signal Command made Army Reserve history by deploying, operating and maintaining its AN/TSC-93 satellite-communications van here to support Grecian Firebolt 2002.
The SATCOM van, one of two in the Army Reserve�s inventory, deployed here to support the Petroleum, Oil and Lubricants Exercise and Company A, 280th Signal Battalion, Delaware National Guard. The satellite link was a critical piece in the POLEX portion of the GF �02 exercise, providing remote units access into the Defense Information Systems Network.
The van�s newly refurbished �C� model has the latest commercial satellite modems, commercial up- and down-converters and an eight-foot Alta antenna. The system and its maintainers/operators boasted a 100-percent mission-reliability rating for the two-week exercise, exceeding the Defense Information Systems Agency�s published standard for this system.
The team of SFC
Joe Vano, 311th Theater Signal Command, Fort Meade, Md.; SGT
Scott Rosser and SGT Ronce Hunter, 313th Signal Company, III Corps, Fort Hood,
Texas; and SSG Milton Alban, Connecticut Air National Guard, operated and
maintained the system throughout the exercise. SFC Jeffery Givens, Maryland�s
satellite-operations noncommissioned officer in charge (also from 311th Theater
Signal Command), prepared and deployed the system to Fort A.P. Hill.
The SATCOM system�s successful deployment and operation/maintenance by an Army Reserve unit lends credibility to the ever-changing role of the National Guard and Army Reserve. It supplies a critical piece of the communications-capability package within the Reserve Component, enabling the RC to provide end-to-end, full-spectrum communications support. The SATCOM field, which has been limited to Army active-duty units in the past, will now see more RC soldiers in its ranks, ready to meet the challenges in the Army of the future.
SFC Vano was NCOIC of the SATCOM site at Fort A.P. Hill during Grecian Firebolt �02.
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