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Communications Flight helps out local counterparts

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  • By Master Sgt. Seth Skidmore
  • 178th Wing Pubic Affairs
The 178th Wing Communication Flight helped out the local communications unit at Alpena during wing annual training.

The Communication Flight achieved this by accomplishing tasks for an overworked shop.

This included preparing for a December upgrade by reimaging hardware and a base area network modernization project (BANMod), helping to fix the base wireless system and to complete a base wide printer audit.

In preparation for the BANMod, Airmen managed the training center's fiber optic cable. This helped out the local unit by providing the needed Cyber Transport AFSC. Accomplishing this task makes it easier to trouble shoot any unclassified network problems.

Members also enabled drivers on tablet and desktop hardware to prepare for the centers upgrade from 32 bit to 64 bit software.  This consisted of over 15 pieces of hardware that the members individually formatted.

"It was good to have training like this at a different location for young Airmen," said Master Sgt. Wes Haines, 178th Communications Squadron Cyber Transport Systems NCOIC. "It was different for members to work on wiring from a standpoint of having to start from scratch.  It gave them a good chance to develop troubleshooting skills."

The 178th helped out the host unit and their fellow guard members while providing a chance to network.

"It is good to interface with the counterparts at Alpena and to bounce ideas off each other," said  Senior Master Sgt. Jeff Ray, 178th Communications Squadron SCO Branch Superintendent stated.