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

What jazz teaches us about marketing

first_imgJazz is in the moment—If you have ever listened to jazz music, you know you can get wrapped up in the song you’re hearing. When was the last time your members or customers got wrapped up in your marketing? Look for ways to give your targets an experience they will share with others. Just like jazz is in the moment, you need to provide consumers a “wow” experience. continue reading » There are all types of music: classical, hard rock, rap, grunge and country. And then there is jazz—a unique music style born in New Orleans. During the Credit Union National Association’s Marketing Management School (held in New Orleans), Hattie Bryant opened the week with a session on “All That Jazz.”“Jazz actually teaches us quite a bit about marketing,” she noted. “Jazz tells a story; it tells us how to feel. It’s the same with marketing: it tells a story and it’s about feelings.”So what does jazz teach us about marketing? Consider the following:Jazz is a musical conversation—In today’s social media world, marketing is no longer about sending marketing messages. It’s about having conversations. When it comes to marketing, are you just making noise that consumers are tuning out or you really taking time to have conversations? Just like you want to listen to jazz music, you want to listen to your target audiences. 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Andre Ayew scores 12th league goal of the season as Swansea are held by Blackburn

first_imgBlack Stars captain Andre Ayew scored his 12th league goal of the season for Swansea on Saturday but his side failed to hold on to their lead as Blackburn came from behind to draw 2-2.Blackburn took the lead in the 25th minute when Sam Gallagher got on the end of Ryan Nyambe’s low cross to score.Andre Ayew almost played a part in Swansea’s equaliser but his great ball across the box was missed by Rhian Brewster.Brewster did, however, get the leveller, firing in a brilliant half-volley just before halftime.Three minutes after the break, Jordon Garrick was brought down in the box and the referee pointed to the spot.Andre Ayew stepped up and sent the goalkeeper the wrong way.It was his second goal in as many games after he scored in the win over Huddersfield only days earlier.He almost got a second a few moments later but Garrick’s cross just evaded him.Swansea gave away a penalty of their own in the 67th minute but Freddie Woodman denied Danny Graham from the spot.With Swansea seemingly heading for the win, Blackburn found an equaliser in the 94th minute as Johnson’s effort was deflected past Woodman.The goal was Andre Ayew’s 12th league goal of a stellar Championship season, in which he’s also provided five assists.He now has 14 goals in all competitions this season.last_img read more

Man issues hilarious invite to gang who stole his turf from Donegal bog

first_imgA Donegal man has issued a daring invite to thieves who stole more than 100 bags of turf from his bog in Barnesmore.Denis Callaghan arrived at his bog yesterday only to find the hard-won turf gone.Rather than taking it on the chin, Denis decided to issue an invite to the gang. Denis took to Facebook and issued the following warning.“I would like to issue a public invite to the dirty rotten lazy ba*****d’s that stole 100 plus bags of my turf. The unbagged ones closest to the road that you walked past will be bagged this evening.“Feel free to collect if you’re man enough. It could be a one-way ticket to a bog hole of your choice on offer. PS feel free to like and share,” he wrote.Dozens of people shared Denis’ story and many gave their accounts of losing turf to thieves. Some who left messages for Denis said they suspected it may have been a guy called Pete Burns who stole the turf!Man issues hilarious invite to gang who stole his turf from Donegal bog was last modified: July 19th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BarnesmoreDenis Callaghandonegalstolenturflast_img read more