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Lessons from GIG expansion in OEF/OIF

Lessons from GIG expansion in OEF/OIF Brad Grane The newly reactivated 160th Signal Brigade is extending the Global Information Grid to the warfigher by installing commercial communications facilities and capabilities throughout the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. Having worked in both the Afghanistan and Iraqi theaters, I was fortunate to be on the cutting […]

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Focus TF linking joint virtual training to ‘box’

Focus TF linking joint virtual training to ‘box’ Gary Sheftick Editor’s note: This article is part of a series on the 17 Army focus areas. This one focuses on the “Combat Training Centers/Battle Command Training Program.” WASHINGTON — Transformation at the Army’s combat training centers has accelerated to support the Global War on Terror while […]

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testing the network in a virtual warfight

Unit of action Network MAPEX: testing the network in a virtual warfight Joseph Yavorsky “The C4ISR (command, control, communications and computers, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance) Network is integrated across all of the Battlefield Functional Areas.”–Future Combat System Operational Requirements Document, April 14, 2003 The Army’s transformation campaign plan challenges the Army to develop a maneuver Unit […]

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Assignment-oriented training

Assignment-oriented training – Training update Beverly Friend This is an update on AOT at the U.S. Army Signal Center since Fall 2002. Although we’ve encountered growing pains, we’ve had no serious showstoppers as we continue our quest for more effective and efficient training via AOT. Our graduate pool of AOT soldiers has steadily increased overall. […]

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Georgia National Guard’s 48th BCT’s logisticians train at NTC with CSS VSAT/CAISI before deployment to Iraq

Georgia National Guard’s 48th BCT’s logisticians train at NTC with CSS VSAT/CAISI before deployment to Iraq Stephen Larsen FORT IRWIN, Calif. — During their April training rotation at the National Training Center, the Citizen-Soldiers of the Georgia Army National Guard’s 48th Brigade Combat Team learned the lessons of those who came before them as they […]

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Signal soldiers thrive on homestyle field cooking

Signal soldiers thrive on homestyle field cooking Joe Nye FORT MEADE. Md. — Signal soldiers involved in Grecian Firebolt 2003 may thrive on the jolt derived from communicating through thousands of miles, but they actually live on the food prepared for them by the cooks. On a normal GF day, hundreds of soldiers pass through […]

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New battle focused training FM available this summer – News

New battle focused training FM available this summer – News – Field Manual 7-1, “Battle Focused Training” FORT MONROE, Va. — The new Field Manual 7-1, “Battle Focused Training,” maintains the Army’s philosophy of training the way you fight, and tells leaders at all levels how to do it. The new manual replaces FM 25-101 […]

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Lessons are learned from: Stryker Brigade Combat Team JRTC CERTEX

Lessons are learned from: Stryker Brigade Combat Team JRTC CERTEX Gregg Powell This article outlines the communications lessons learned during the first Stryker Brigade Combat Team’s certification exercise in April 2003 at the Joint Readiness Training Center. This is a summary of a report published by the Signal Center at Fort Gordon, Ga. A review […]

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AN/TYC-24 Tactical Message System tactical arm of DMS

AN/TYC-24 Tactical Message System tactical arm of DMS Consuello Hodges Fort Gordon, Ga. — Soldiers from the 56th Signal Battalion, 63rd Signal Battalion, and 67th Signal Battalion at Fort Gordon, Ga., had the opportunity to show their stuff as they trained, commissioned and revalidated the AN/TYC-24 Tactical Message System for secure messaging, April 12-May 7 […]

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Roles and responsibilities of Army unit commanders

Roles and responsibilities of Army unit commanders Local approving authorities receive permission to connect local secret networks with specific configurations to the SIPRNET. (Incidentally, for purposes of SIPRNET connections, all Army unit commanders are local approving authorities because they have no direct control of the SIPRNET backbone, only their local networks. This is regardless of […]