By SPC. ASHLEY BELTRAN
11th Aviation Command
Just as there is a need in the military for modern day technology, there is also a need for the Soldiers who ensure it all works properly to guarantee mission success. During a weeklong exercise referred to as Vibrant Response ’13, the 11th Aviation Command’s G6 tech team did just that.
Because the exercise is supposed to simulate conditions Soldiers would face in a deployed environment, the G6 had to start from scratch when it came to setting up the equipment needed for the 11th’s Tactical Operations Center.
“Our hardest days are the first and second days we are out here because we have to set up all of our equipment, and run the wiring so that everyone can get on the network out here,” said Sgt. Chris Andrews, an information systems and technology specialist for the 11th.
Andrews said that a typical day for their team of 15 Soldiers starts early in the morning where they ensure that the networks on all of the systems, as well as the communication equipment, are working properly.
“Anything can go wrong at any second,” said Andrews. “It’s up to us to keep things running so that the mission can keep going.”
When one Soldier’s projector broke down, she said G6 was there in a matter of minutes to fix the issue and get her back into the exercise. She said that without the G6’s assistance, her section would have a much harder time trying to accomplish the mission at hand.