MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. --
To simulate services
provided to requesting agencies, Company B with Marine Wing Communications
Squadron 28 conducted a field exercise developing mission critical skills in
support of potential requests from various agencies at Marine Corps Air Station
Cherry Point, Feb. 29 - March 6.
During the exercise,
Bravo Company provided their own Tactical Air Operations Center, Tactical Air
Command Center and simulated unmanned aerial vehicle squadron requests, giving
the Marines a broader understanding on what roles requesting agencies play
during operations within a communications squadron.
numerous systems ranging from single-channel radios to systems with an emphasis
on interoperability and beyond line-of-sight communications, for a broad
spectrum of information services. These services include video, multimedia,
data, and imagery which enable the Aviation Combat Element to function with
reliable communications architecture.
went into this training exercise was designed to be difficult, and we did a
great job executing this,” said Gunnery Sgt. John L. Fletcher, a data network
systems chief with the squadron. “There was a lot of cross training going on,
and through that cross training, we gained a better knowledge on how we
integrate with our own sections and how the different services work together.
Everyone learned a lot, and it’s been a great opportunity to find those key
Fletcher, the exercise sharpened the minds of the Marines who are becoming more
effective at reacting to troubleshooting common issues that happen on
deployments, while also better serving the wing to ensure communications are up
and aircraft are in the air.
“A lot of the new
Marines don’t particularly know what the Marine Air Communications Squadron
agencies do,” said 1st Lt. Natasha Bentz, an air support control officer with
Marine Air Support Squadron 1. “Working as our own agencies showed the Marines
the structure of the MACS and what their exact role is in each of those
According to Bentz,
the Marines benefitted from the ground aspect of the training as for some it
may have been the first time in the field since completing Marine Combat
“The Marines are
learning a lot from this training, to include simulating their jobs in the MACS
agencies,” said Bentz. “Living in a tactical field environment while
maintaining their roles in the training, teaches the Marines how to be