by Senior Airman Justin Creech
137th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
8/6/2015 - OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Seven
Airmen from the 205th Engineering Installation Squadron have been
reunited with their families and friends over the last week at Will
Rogers World Airport after returning from a six month deployment to
Southwest Asia in support of communications enhancements and upgrades.
The 205th EIS, along with Airmen from the 219 EIS, 138 Fighter Wing,
Tulsa, Okla., 272 EIS, 147 Reconnaissance Wing, Houston, and the 85 EIS,
Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., installed fiber cable network
distribution systems in multiple facilities across Department of Defense
locations in Southwest Asia in enhancement of their Command and
Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and
Reconnaissance or C4ISR capabilities.
"All jobs across the Air Force are important," said Air Force Lt. Col.
James D. Snow, 205 EIS detachment commander. "However, installing the
infrastructure that provides the backbone for C4ISR to run virtually all
communication systems is paramount to successful mission completion."
The EIS teams completed 18 projects across five different countries and
six different air bases. Air Force Capt. Kevin Bobala, 205 EIS
electronic flight commander was designated as a project engineer for the
deployment. Bobala's team installed a fiber-optic communications ring
at one of the air bases, which is protected by a manhole duct system the
team also installed.
The communications ring and manhole duct system are a form of permanent
communications infrastructure that protects the fiber cables so
communications capabilities are not lost during severe weather
situations, said Bobala.
"We replaced tactical infrastructure with permanent infrastructure,"
said Bobala. "Permanent infrastructure is protected. There are redundant
communications paths once the permanent infrastructure is complete. So,
if there is a damaged cable from a sandstorm or windstorm, you can
re-route the phone and email traffic, and not lose your communications."
Snow added that providing support for a mission as important as the C4ISR is always satisfying.
"Without Command and Control, it's quite difficult to accomplish the
mission," said Snow. "It is the pivotal nature of our work; the
realization that we install the infrastructure to make C4ISR work that
gives us our pride in the accomplishment."