U.S. Soldiers Train under Fire Aided by Army’s New Network

first_img To get that critical information from the depths of the woods to the commanders across the brigade, the squad leader simply typed the location and information into his device. His Rifleman Radio sent that signal to his platoon’s vehicle, which was equipped with CS 13 capabilities. Since his unit’s networked radios retransmit signals, he didn’t have to be within range of the vehicle; his radio could just hop through other radios in the area to get the signal back to the vehicle, reaching tactical operations centers and WIN-T Increment 2-equipped vehicles across the brigade. In a matter of minutes, everyone involved in the operations had the complete operational picture. As a U.S. Army platoon in training heads into a quiet mock Afghan village, an improvised explosive device detonates in its path; Soldiers on foot dodge swarms of insurgent gunfire. Because the unit is equipped with new Capability Set 13 network technologies, the location of each Soldier and details of the fight can be sent to commanders throughout the entire brigade, who can quickly send in needed support and put their next move into action. If needed, the WIN-T network could pass that information all the way back to the United States. If they deploy, the BCTs armed with CS 13 capabilities will serve as Security Forces Advisory and Assist Teams (SFAATs), working with Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), to improve their capability and help the Afghans secure their country as coalition forces reduce their presence. The advantages of CS 13 were apparent when a U.S. Army platoon was required to assist the ANSF role players in questioning a suspected Afghan insurgent in a small village. After searching the suspect’s car, they found explosive materials and a map that led to a replicated weapons cache in the woods outside of the village. The platoon’s new CS 13 capabilities enabled the squad leader at the scene to inform the entire brigade of the event so an Explosive Ordnance Disposal team could be called in to safely dismantle the explosives. The Warfighter Information Network-Tactical system (WIN-T, Increment 2), often referred to as the Army’s Internet, is the mobile tactical communications network backbone that binds the capability sets together, increasing the pace of combat operations and extending the operational distances units can cover. CS 13 is the first of the U.S. Army’s fully-integrated network fielding efforts, which include a mix of capabilities that are scalable and tailorable in design to support the changing requirements of current and future missions. CS 13 includes radios, satellite systems, software applications, smartphone-like devices and other network components that provide connectivity from the stationary command post to the commander on-the-move in a tactical vehicle to the dismounted Soldier. center_img “SFAAT missions involve small teams pushing out to assist their Afghan counterparts, and they might not be going to a U.S. base with tremendous network capability, but now Soldiers can take the network with them — and that is incredible,” said Maj. Graham Wood, brigade communications officer for 3/10. “As we begin to reduce our footprint in Afghanistan, WIN-T Increment 2 [as part of CS 13] gives you that capability to have the network up until the point that you leave theater. There is no gap anymore; you can stay because the network stays with you.” Real-life scenarios unfold daily at the U.S. Army’s Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC), in Fort Polk, Louisiana, complete with simulated IED explosions and gunfire, replicated Afghan villages and more than 250 role players standing in for the Afghan Army, police and civilians. In preparation for a possible deployment, 3/10 recently trained at the JRTC with the Army’s new Capability Set 13 (CS 13), capabilities. “[In the past] information on improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in theater was delayed as it got [disseminated throughout the brigade] in detail,” said Staff Sgt. Christopher Clark, a squad leader with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team (BCT), 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), or 3/10, during recent training exercises. “Now, with everyone seeing the same picture at the same time, a battalion or brigade commander and his higher headquarters can make [immediate] assessments.” By Dialogo July 23, 2013 “Information is populated across the world, not just in the brigade, really it’s global,” Wood said. “Anybody [in the U.S. force] is going to be able to see and communicate with that Soldier once you get that link out of the vehicle.”last_img read more

Pacquiao vs. Thurman results: Twitter reacts to Manny Pacquiao’s stellar performance vs. Keith Thurman

first_imgThe 40-year-old Pacquiao came out firing from the outset and knocked down Thurman in the first round. He never looked back in winning by split decision (114-113 Thurman, 115-112, 115-112) and capturing Thurman’s belt. Boxing fans were looking forward to an exciting fight between two of the best in the world, with WBA (Regular) welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and WBA (Super) welterweight champion Keith Thurman battling at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.  Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearHere is how Twitter reacted to Pacquiao’s victory:😏🤞🏾— Errol Spence (@ErrolSpenceJr) July 21, 2019Manny Pacquiao continues his career resurrection!Pacquiao dropped Keith Thurman in the first and went on to win a classic by split decision.#PacquiaoThurman pic.twitter.com/hUSxlOc6j0— Sporting News (@sportingnews) July 21, 2019#AndTheNew WBA Welterweight Super Champion Manny Pacquiao#Respect Keith Thurman 🥊 #PacquiaoThurman #WBAboxing #PacThurman pic.twitter.com/xmkVUgbRYL— WBA Boxing (@WBABoxing) July 21, 2019Congratulations @MannyPacquiaoThank you for always being our hero💙❤️💛🇵🇭#PacquiaoThurman pic.twitter.com/KxxMf93dSN— 🇺🇸 TJ Perkins 🇵🇭 (@MegaTJP) July 21, 2019Congratulations Manny Pacquiao what a Champion. “Senator Pac-Man”— George Foreman (@GeorgeForeman) July 21, 2019Keith Thurman on his first career loss.“Thank you, Manny Pacquiao.”Classy.#PacquiaoThurman— TJ Monterde (@tjmusicmonterde) July 21, 2019I scored Thurman Vs Pacquiao 111-116 #ThurmanPacquiao #Boxing pic.twitter.com/Xc3clPMkZq— Jeff Cox (@JeffCoxCNBCcom) July 21, 2019LEGENDS LIVE FOREVER!Boxing’s only eight-division World Champion @MannyPacquiao def. Keith Thurman via SD! pic.twitter.com/DdYcnYlF7c— FOX Sports: PBC (@PBConFOX) July 21, 2019114-113 Thurman. 115-112 Pacquiao and 115-112 for the winner…Manny Pacquiao!!!— Andreas Hale (@AndreasHale) July 21, 2019Split decision. Manny. I didn’t think it was that close. Not sure anyone except one judge did.— Colin Cowherd (@ColinCowherd) July 21, 2019Congratulation to my good friend and Champion Manny Pacquiao!!! An amazing display of Guts and Skill!!! https://t.co/OrFKVdq9JX— Sylvester Stallone (@TheSlyStallone) July 21, 2019SPLIT DECISION.. PLS THAT IS DISGUSTING. @MannyPacquiao won easy. #PacquiaovsThurman— Billy The Kid (@BillyDib) July 21, 2019Pac beats Thurman by Split Decision. #PacquiaovsThurman— Lennox Lewis (@LennoxLewis) July 21, 2019I can’t wait til I turn 40 😂😂😂— ClaressaT-rexShields (@Claressashields) July 21, 2019Manny Pacquiao is a bad bad man #THURminated— Chris Eubank Jr (@ChrisEubankJr) July 21, 2019Should not have even been a split decision. @MannyPacquiao outclassed him most of the fight, period. Wasn’t even close. At least the final decision was the right now. But if Pacman knows what’s good for him, he’ll stay away from @terencecrawford and @ErrolSpenceJr. I know THAT!— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) July 21, 2019That fight was so much damn fun. #PacmanThurman— Todd Grisham (@Grishamfight) July 21, 2019last_img read more

Coalition circus campaign continues in Region 6

first_imgDear Editor,As the coalition ‘circus’ campaign continues, helplessly trying to distract Guyanese from their failures, entourages from the Ministry of Public Health, financed by taxpayers, moves into Region Six to continue their comical displays. I received a letter of invitation from the Regional Executive Officer, Kim Williams-Stephens which indicated that the Ministers of Public Health would be in Region Six for two days – (3rd and 4th) April 2019 – to conduct a series of commissioning ceremonies for several projects and health centres in the Region Six.But the two notable acts that really amaze me is the re- commission of the National Ophthalmology Hospital at Port Mourant, and an appreciation ceremony for the Ministers. This hospital has not done a single cataract surgery for the past Four years, but despite this, the Ministers of Public Health have the audacity to come to Berbice to fool Berbicians that the health sector is perfect. What is the purpose of recommissioning a Hospital that is not functioning for its actual purposes? Millions would be spent on the appreciation dinner and this visit by this entourage that could have complemented the 60 cataract kits that were purchased by the Region to be used at New Amsterdam Public Hospital.The Ministers are yet to even respond to or rectify the numerous inefficiencies that exist in the functioning of the New Amsterdam Public Hospital or the Regional Health Services. The entire Health Services is being used to reward political activists and cronies of APNU/AFC .The fact remains that because of the incompetence in sector, health-care delivery and the lives of Berbicians are at stake.Regards,Zamal Hussainlast_img read more