Nearly 30 Soldiers and Civilians of U.S. Army Africa (USARAF) packed up and moved the organization’s expeditionary command post to Aviano Air Base in northern Italy Aug. 8-12.
The ECP is a medium sized version of a newly configured mobile operations center used by the USARAF Contingency Command Post. The CCP provides USARAF Commander Maj. Gen. David R. Hogg with worldwide communications links for his organization’s forward command element wherever it is deployed, be it on the African continent or elsewhere.
Staff Sgt. Ebony Spann confirms a cable connection on a satellite dish during a deployment exercise of U.S. Army Africa’s Contingency Command Post Aug. 8-12. The successful completion of the exercise validated the ability for USARAF’s Contingency Command Post to deploy and use new, cutting-edge communications equipment. Spann was a member of a team that successfully linked to a Ka band satellite during the deployment exercise. USRAF’s CCP is the first U.S. military unit to establish a Ka band link in Europe.
Photo by Rich Bartell, U.S. Army Africa Public Affairs
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