Maintenance Support Team repairs Mega Star System
September 10, 2013
Soldiers from the Maintenance Support Team, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 41st Signal Battalion, were air lifted in a Black Hawk Helicopter to the Madison Communication Tower site near Seoul, South Korea Aug. 28 to conduct quarterly maintenance.
Once on the ground the maintenance support team moved into a defensive position.
"Even though this is just routine maintenance we view this as a training opportunity," said Sgt. 1st Class Kimberly Costello, First Sergeant for HHD, 41st Signal Battalion.
The Soldiers, in full fighting gear, pulled security as the helicopter flew away.
Once the helicopter was off the mountain top Soldiers moved tactically from the landing zone to the communication site.
While the team provided perimeter security a few Soldiers went into the communications building to conduct preventive maintenance inspection on the Mega Star System.
"The Megastar system connects phones to and from Songnam, Kwagwhado, Kamaksan, Camp Humphries, Osan Air Base, and Yongsan sites," said Sgt. Christopher Nordin, HHD, 41st Signal Battalion.
"We checked all the frequencies for the different sites being transmitted here ", said Pvt. Patrick Cousin, from Nashville, Tenn. "If any frequency was off we adjusted it to the right frequency."
The maintenance support team visits Madison site four times a year to conduct maintenance.
"It's a fun job," said Nordin, from Illinois. "We get to travel to all these different sites while maintaining communications across Korea."
After the maintenance was conducted the Soldiers moved tactically back to the landing zone to be airlifted back to Camp Humphreys.
"It was a lot of fun," said Pvt. Kirim Han, a Korean Augmentation to the United States Army in HHD, 41st Signal Battalion. "This was my first time riding in a helicopter. I never thought I would ride in one."