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Army to Hold Communications Evaluation Training at NAS Whidbey Island

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October 19, 2020
Oct. 19, 2020
Army to Hold Communications Evaluation Training at NAS Whidbey Island
NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. - The US Army's 51st Expeditionary
Signal Battalion ( 51st ESB) from Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) will
conduct a Field Training Evaluation at NAS Whidbey Island's Outlying Landing
Field (OLF), Coupeville, Wash., from Oct. 26-30, 2020.
The purpose of this training event is to ensure the battalion's Troposcatter
(TROPO) communication system team remains ready to rapidly assist civilian
authorities in support of potential natural disasters worldwide.  The 51st
ESB conducted similar training at the OLF in March 2016.
The Army's 51st ESB can provide secure and non-secure voice, data, and video
communications in support of significant or catastrophic events to enable
communication between first responders, government agencies, Army units,
combatant commanders, joint, intergovernmental, interagency, and
multinational forces command and control.  
TROPO systems broadcast communication signals that bounce off the
troposphere layer of the atmosphere instead of using a satellite, allowing
the signal to travel over terrestrial obstructions such as mountains.  TROPO
communications offer greater distance, reliability, and bandwidth than the
more common line-of-sight communications systems.
Training at NAS Whidbey Island's OLF will provide a challenging and
realistic environment that will enable members of the 51st ESB the
opportunity to enhance the readiness of TROPO soldiers, equipment, movement
and signal readiness.  As a result, TROPO communication teams will be better
prepared to accomplish their mission and assist civilian authorities in the
event of a significant or catastrophic event.
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