311th Sig. supports joint service disaster exercise

| December 2, 2013 | 0 Comments
(From left) A Marine, an Airman, a Soldier and a Sailor collaborate during Operation Pacific Response, a joint service exercise of more than 200 military and civilian personnel from across the globe, Nov. 16-22.

(From left) A Marine, an Airman, a Soldier and a Sailor collaborate during Operation Pacific Response, a joint service exercise of more than 200 military and civilian personnel from across the globe, Nov. 16-22.

Story and photo by Maj. Avon Cornelius
311th Signal Command (Theater) Public Affairs

BELLOWS AIR FORCE STATION — Six Soldiers from the 307th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, 516th Sig. Brigade, 311th Sig. Command (Theater), provided top-notch communications support for the fourth iteration of Operation Pacific Response, here, Nov. 16-22.

Operation Pacific Response, hosted by the 413th Contracting Support Bde., is an annual joint collaboration of more than 200 military and civilian personnel from all branches of the service, both active and reserve components.

“This exercise is an opportunity to pass on knowledge and prepare the service members to respond to natural disasters in the Pacific area of responsibility,” said Maj. Kyle Noda, contracting management officer, 413th CSB.

Personnel from Company B, 307th ESB, spent a week establishing communications capacity and providing critical communications support.

The team was responsible for the installation, operation and maintenance of a command post exercise network, supporting more than 200 subscribers with central processing units, field phones and voice-over-Internet-protocol phones. They were also responsible for laying more than 2,000 feet of category 5 cable.

“Our communications support has been excellent,” said Lt. Col. Cevonia Joshua, military deputy, regional contracting office, 413th CSB. “We have been up and running from day one with uninterrupted service.”

The exercise provided opportunities to build capacity between the fiscal triad of contracting, resource management and legal personnel through training, team-building and collaborative problem solving.

This year, the scenario involved members of the fiscal triad providing assistance to troops conducting humanitarian assistance operations after an earthquake in a fictional country. Members of the triad had to work with local vendors to procure supplies and services, and tackled scenarios dealing with corruption, bribery and fraud. Along the way, they had senior mentors to guide them and facilitate training.

The 307th ESB worked directly with military and civilian personnel from Alaska, Hawaii, Japan, Washington and Virginia to provide communications support.

“Personnel from 307th stepped right in and reacted quickly to ensure we had all the support we needed,” said Noda. “Every year, our communications support improves, and we look forward to building communication capacity for future exercises.”

 

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