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  • Improved network environment screams with efficiency, savings

    What was a maze of 35 antiquated routers, switches and load balancers used to direct millions of e-mail traffic each day is now a streamlined set of seven all-in-one nodes that saves time, money and resources. "It's like trading in your Chevy truck for a BMW," said Capt. Drew Masur, a network and boundary protection flight commander with the 561st
  • Air Force members urged to use computer-based training resources

    In an effort to fill the gap between tight budgets and training requirements, officials here are reminding people that there's a place to go for free computer-based training. Hosted on the Air Force Portal, the IT e-Learning program primarily offers continuing education to help communications professionals prepare for Information Technology
  • Airmen mentor Afghan military during communications conference

    Air Force communicators worked with members of the Afghan National Army during a July conference to discuss strategic communications networks, tactical equipment fielding plans, signal policy issues and training requirements. It was during this conference, hosted by the Afghan Ministry of Defense, that they were able to truly incorporate doctrine,
  • Industry leaders headline Air Force IT conference

    Leaders in the field of information technology Mike Lazaridis, president and CEO of Research-in-Motion, Scott McNealy, Chairman of Sun Microsystems Inc., and Douglus Merrill, vice president of engineering and CIO of Google, will address attendees of the 2007 Air Force Information Technology Conference Aug.13-17 at Auburn University Montgomery, in
  • Great ideas from innovative Airmen fuel transformation in AFSOC

    As we commemorate the Air Force's 60th Anniversary, it's truly amazing to look back at our capability as an Air Force 60 years ago compared to today -- and especially to where we're heading. The best part of our Air Force heritage has been our success over the years in attracting bright men and women to serve. Our vast capability is a result of the
  • AF can learn from AFSOC mindset

    Today's Air Force is going through a dramatic change that's not only affecting the size of the comm and info career field, but also altering how we must do business. You've heard it before, and you'll continue to hear it: We must work to achieve greater effects and more efficiently with fewer resources. This is the mindset for today's military;
  • Team modernizes comm support from forgotten Russian hardware to updated radio, data network

    Locked and loaded-- with an arsenal that would make Rambo proud -- and eyes scanning the Kabul streets for IEDs and suicide bombers, a team of American military advisors convoy to meet with their Afghan counterparts. They were there as part of a team that was mobilized to help develop a plan to assist the Afghan National Army Air Corps during the
  • Readiness + innovation = mission success for tactical comm

    Historically, the Air Force has sometimes required tactical comm units to deploy with less than three hours notice, so everything must be ready -- administratively, physically and mentally. But readiness isn't everything. We must also be innovative, or we'll lose that readiness very fast. We are constantly being asked to become lighter and more
  • Exercise Foal Eagle: Comm warriors bring support to Korean Forces

    In March, Airmen from the 353rd Special Operations Group here deployed to Taegu Air Base, Republic of Korea for exercise Foal Eagle. As part of that group, 15 members from the 353rd Operations Support Squadron's communications flight deployed with its Theater Deployable Communications section. During this month-long exercise, the TDC team set up
  • ICE above the Arctic Circle

    "So you're telling me we're going to lose all our satellite connectivity, my NIPR and SIPR and phones, and my tactical C2, for an hour and a half . . . every day?" "Yes, sir," I answered. "We still have line-of-sight, but in these mountains it's a crap shoot. And, we have our land lines provided by the Norwegians for wireless Internet and