Signal Soldiers tour USS Minnesota
October 30, 2013
REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Two signal companies belonging to the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command toured a recently commissioned attack submarine Oct. 25-26.
The Soldiers, with Company A and Company B, 53rd Signal Battalion, toured the USS Minnesota - a Virginia Class, fast-attack nuclear submarine that was in Annapolis, Md., for the Naval Academy's homecoming weekend.
"The visit was a great opportunity for our satellite controllers to interact and better understand one of our customers," said Capt. Mark Anderson, Co. A commander. "This helps ensure we continue to provide great customer service and mission support."
The Soldiers received tours of the submarine to better understand one of their many customers to which they provide satellite transmissions and payload control.
Sgt. Christina Podskalan, Co. B training noncommissioned officer, said that the visit was an opportunity for them to learn firsthand how they can provide better customer service.
"As a Soldier, this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that couldn't be passed up," Podskalan said. "I particularly enjoyed seeing the control room with all of its monitoring capabilities. It reminded me of our operations floor, just a lot smaller."