by Master Sgt. Carlos J. Claudio
192nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs
7/25/2013 - MARTIN, Tenn. -- When
you need an internet signal at home to access the world wide web you
call a local provider and they bring cable or a satellite, when the
280th Combat Communications Squadron sets up an internet signal they
bring a GATR (Ground Antenna Transmit and Receive).
GATR is a tan colored, inflatable, 7-foot sphere-like satellite that
sits on the ground at a slight angle and is currently being used at
Martin Middle School in Martin, Tenn., July 15 in support of the "Hope
of Martin" community outreach project, an Air National Guard-led joint
training medical Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) mission.
"We provide the main data-link for the joint team here in Tennessee that
includes approximately 130 service members from the Air National Guard,
Army, Navy, and Navy Reserve," said Master Chad W. White, Alabama Air
National Guard, Telecommunications-Radio Frequency Specialist. "If it
has any anything to do with communications, we handle it."
The Alabama Air National Guard has a ten-member communications team that
offers twenty-four hour a day customer service and also safeguards all
data systems by manning the equipment all the time.
Not only does the Air Guard unit deliver internet access, they are also a
one-stop-shop for land mobile radios and non-classified Internet
Protocol (IP) Router Network (NIPRNet) and when required, they offer
secure telephones and Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNet).
Airman First Class Coleton Barberree, 280th CS Radio Frequency
Transmissions Specialist, said this is his first time working with other
military services and he is acquiring knowledge. "Right now I'm
learning to work with other branches of the military, their rank systems
and also learning about their jobs while they're here on this medical
mission," said Barberree.
The IRT program is designed to train U.S. military medical personnel and
provide assistance to underserved communities. As of July 15, 2013, the
total mission visiting patients is 2429. General procedures performed:
5672. Glasses prescribed: 835. Total value of care: $407, 685.