325th BSB conducts communication academy

| January 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
Spc. Erica Pilallis, HHC, 325th BSB, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, teaches Soldiers within the unit the proper way to operate communication  equipment on the battlefield during the five-day Communication Academy, Jan. 8-13.

Spc. Erica Pilallis, HHC, 325th BSB, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, teaches Soldiers within the unit the proper way to operate communication equipment on the battlefield during the five-day Communication Academy, Jan. 8-13.

 

 

Staff Sgt. Catrina Herbert
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

 

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — A small group of Soldiers dedicated a large part of their energies to ensuring that the 325th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, has the ability to talk all over the battlefield by participating in a five-day communication academy, here, Jan. 8-13.

One of the traditional traits of an effective relationship is good communication. Though there are many different forms of communication, from verbal to visual, it is essential for Soldiers to communicate.

The 325th Communication Academy is a five-day course. It used to be done in a classroom environment through PowerPoint. However, the feedback received was that Soldiers were not retaining the information.

“We decided to have hands-on training, which is working for the Soldiers attending the classes,” said Sgt. 1st Class John Duenas, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 325th BSB, communications noncommissioned officer in charge. “They are learning things that they never understood or just didn’t know before attending.”

Most of the Soldiers in the class are either drivers or training room personnel, so they use the equipment every Monday for battalion net call.

Spc. Erica Pilallis, Signal Support specialist, assigned to HHC 325th BSB, said, “When I arrived to 325th BSB, attending commo academy was a requirement for the promotion board. We’ve recently brought it back because Command Sgt. Maj. Stoddard thought it was a great idea, so I was told I was going to be the primary instructor.”

With all of the training coming in the near future, it is important that Soldiers understand how effective communication is.

The single channel ground and airborne radio system is a reliable, secure, easily maintained combat net radio.

Pilallis, being the subject matter expert, ensured the Soldiers knew how to properly set up their radios, along with plugging in all the information into the systems in order to make the mission move along faster.

“Being in this class is going to help me out a lot more now, since I work in the orderly room, so when we go to the field I am in the headquarters tent working with the radios,” said Spc. Tiera Barmore, assigned to Co. B, 325th BSB, a native of Jacksonville, Florida.

The vehicles Soldiers take on the road have many communication components that allow them to transmit mission essential information with each other and the tactical operation center (TOC).

Soldiers inside the vehicles communicate through intercoms that are hooked up to Harris or single channel radios. These radios also make it possible to communicate with other vehicles, as well as the TOC.

Pilallis said, “It always feel good sharing my knowledge with others. Soldiers are paying attention, staying motivated and gaining muscle memory. I know I can count on them to know the equipment.”

The Soldiers in the class are glad they have attended this class, as it has given them the confidence to know that they can now communicate with those they really need to when out on the battlefield.

“I love the fact that I attended this class. I have learned a lot more on how to operate and run the radios better,” said Barmore.

Having these classes takes a load off the battalion signal section needing to go to each vehicle and do communications checks every Monday.

This training increases their capacity for tactical communications.

“I encourage the other units to do the same. It’s helpful to the Soldiers, and they will be comfortable with the communications equipment,” said Barmore.

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