by Tech. Sgt. Julie Parker
116 ACW Public Affairs
6/17/2015 - ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- The
Georgia Air National Guard's 202nd Engineering Installation Squadron
recently capped off a weeklong training exercise here certifying more
than 80 Airmen in career-field tasks crucial to their deployed and
As one of 15 engineering installation squadrons throughout the ANG, the
Airmen of the 202nd are trained and experienced at designing and
installing communications infrastructures around the world.
"In addition to supporting the state of Georgia, our unit has a federal
mission and a continual deployment responsibility," said Lt. Col. Fred
Walker, the 202nd EIS commander. "We have to ensure our Airmen have the
training and tools they need to operate successfully in the field."
With a unit of more than 100 personnel; predominantly part-time Guard
members, finding the time to get everyone trained and certified has been
a challenge, according to Walker.
Walker made the decision to set aside a week for the entire unit to come together and knock out as much training as possible.
"In an effort to be adaptable and flexible," said Walker. "Members of
the unit also cross-trained each other on their different career field
tasks during the week."
"We're running every piece of equipment we have out here in the field,
getting all the guys trained," said 2nd Lt. Dylan Young, officer in
charge of cable and antenna.
Four career fields were focused on for this training event: radio
frequency transmissions, cyber transport, airfield systems, and cable
and antenna. Additional personnel from supporting career fields in the
202nd provided planning and logistical support, in addition to training
in their career field.
"Although our unit consists of four different career fields that
comprise our installation branch, they are all inter-dependent," said
Walker. "In order to be as effective as possible, everyone on the team
needs to be familiar with what the other team members do because when we
are out in the field, it's all hands on deck."
During the weeklong event, crews from the 202nd were seen across Robins
Air Force Base operating tractors and trenchers, hoisting telephone
poles with a medium-profile truck, and climbing and repelling from a
"This week has been a really good opportunity to get everyone fully
involved, practice all the safety, all the mechanics," said Young. "This
event has been a big team building exercise. We're coming away from it
feeling a lot more trained and ready for the field."
In addition to supporting the 116th Air Control Wing, the unit is
responsible for the fixed-communications infrastructures for 27 other
locations, including the 165th Airlift Wing in Savannah, Georgia, and
Air National Guard units in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.