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  • 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

  • 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

  • Airborne Networking Integration

    Net-centric warfare is not just about routers, switches and computers. Rather, it's an emerging theory of warfare and involves a culture change affecting large communities of interest groups across the Global Information Grid throughout three platforms: terrestrial, air and space. Airborne

  • Disruptive technologies: Comm troops seek immediate solutions

    Terrorist organizations have an ability to rapidly procure and field technology without having to jump through research and development issues and bureaucratic hurdles. This causes what's known as disruptive technologies, which are technologies that force a paradigm shift in business practices. This

  • Alabama ANG shows how they're a Total Force Team

    Thirteen members of the Alabama Air National Guard's 280th Combat Communications Squadron recently got a chance to experience AFSOC's version of the Air Force's Total Force Integration initiative. The opportunity came as they deployed to Afghanistan in support of a Joint Task Force operation as part

  • No comm, no bomb - but no power, no comm period

    I'm an Electrical Power Production Airman assigned to the 353rd Operations Support Squadron's communications flight. My main mission is supporting two tactical deployable communications packages, the Initial Communications Element package and the Integrated Communications Access Package. I've had

  • 353rd OSS supports joint mission

    The Southern Philippines are a known breeding ground for terrorists, and that's why the U.S. Joint Special Operation Task Force has a presence there. They advise and educate the Philippine military in overcoming this tough enemy. "Deny sanctuary, deny movement, deny resources, and separate the

  • SHARK: Special Operations Forces High-speed Agile Reachback Kit

    What is it?  The Special Operations Forces High-speed Agile Reachback Kit, known as SHARK, is an "everything over IP" system small enough to be carried onto a commercial airliner, yet robust enough to provide unclassified, secret and top-secret voice/video/data using any available IP-based

  • What I will remember

    I still remember when Karen and I had our first (and really only) meeting with Col. David Kovach, then commander of the Air Force Communications Agency, about the magazine. We both arrived on the job in early 2003 (within weeks of each other) and the time was ripe for change. The colonel had