Cutting-edge communication

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1st Combat Communications Squadron

Teleport system advances communication effectiveness

***image1***It’s no secret that having the ability to communicate is an essential element to accomplish day-to-day operations at home. Anytime and anywhere members of the 1st Combat Communications Squadron are tasked to deploy, they play a key role in the mission’s success by employing a variety of robust communication capabilities to enable daily operations to continue.

Airmen from the 1st CBCS collaborated with the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Commander support staff, Air Mobility Command, Army’s 5th Signal Brigade and the Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity during the Defense Information Systems Agency Teleport Certification Developmental Test and Evaluation III from Jan. 14 to Feb. 1.

According to the Teleport System Developmental Test and Evaluation Plan, the purpose of the Teleport Certification is to satisfy communications requirements and objectives of worldwide coverage and connectivity, interoperability and responsiveness.

The primary objective of DT&E III testing is to verify that the Teleport Internet Protocol centric architecture is ready for operations and meets defined performance parameters. Teleport personnel demonstrated capabilities such as IP over video teleconference, voice over IP and Mesh IP networks while utilizing NIPRnet, SIPRnet and DSN.

“Migration to a completely IP-based network will benefit Air Force communications by allowing greater network control and facilitating future expansion,” said Senior Airman Christopher Sterbank, 1st CBCS data technician. “It also allows for enhanced interoperability between other services and allied forces.”

“The validation of this emerging technology provided 1st Combat Comm and joint partners with a unique opportunity to combine efforts and expertise,” said Lt. Col. Joe Sublousky, 1st CBCS commander. “

Implementing these cutting-edge capabilities will undeniably bolster 1st Combat Comm’s already robust deployable communications capabilities, enabling the warfighter to accomplish the mission more efficiently.”