• (Right) Gloria Dent demonstrates how to establish connection using the BGAN device.  This demonstration was part of the 926th Contingency Contracting Battalion's communications exercise. (Photo by Betsy Kozak-Howard)

    926th CCBn conducts communications exercise

    (Right) Gloria Dent demonstrates how to establish connection using the BGAN device. This demonstration was part of the 926th Contingency Contracting Battalion's communications exercise. (Photo by Betsy Kozak-Howard)

  • (Right) Capt. Sean S. Kwoun and Sgt. 1st Class Kevin A. McClatchey, 926th Contingency Contracting Battalion, review contract information through a remote satellite-based system as part of the exercise held at APG Dec. 3-5.  (Photo by Betsy Kozak-Howard)

    926th CCBn conducts communications exercise

    (Right) Capt. Sean S. Kwoun and Sgt. 1st Class Kevin A. McClatchey, 926th Contingency Contracting Battalion, review contract information through a remote satellite-based system as part of the exercise held at APG Dec. 3-5. (Photo by Betsy Kozak-Howard)

  • Staff Sgt. Rogelio Ordway, contract specialist, 926th Contingency Contracting Battalion, opens a case containing the Broadband Global Area Network device to establish connectivity for the communication exercise held at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. Dec. 3-5.  (Photo by Betsy Kozak-Howard)

    926th CCBn conducts communications exercise

    Staff Sgt. Rogelio Ordway, contract specialist, 926th Contingency Contracting Battalion, opens a case containing the Broadband Global Area Network device to establish connectivity for the communication exercise held at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. Dec...

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Armed with computers and a suitcase-sized mobile communications network, Soldiers from the 926th Contingency Contracting Battalion deployed the Broadband Global Area Network equipment here during a Dec. 3-5 communications exercise focused on establishing connectivity for communicating in a contingency environment.

"This exercise provided realistic training but more importantly it gave team-level instruction for establishing and conducting voice and Internet communications in a field environment," said Lt. Col. Derek Draper, 926th CCBn commander. "When our contingency contracting teams are deployed, they need to understand how to establish and maintain effective communications capabilities to support the mission. In addition, this BGAN training also benefits continuity of operations during national emergencies such as hurricanes or floods."

The BGAN is a mobile, satellite-based system which is easily transportable for the five-member teams within a field environment, according to Gloria Dent, unit operations officer and BGAN instructor.

"We developed a training plan that would transition the 926th's CCTs into contracting ready teams," said Dent, a retired command sergeant major. "The plan is our 'road-to-war' which maps out our path to have all the teams fully capable of conducting the battalion's contract ready team mission in December 2014 and be able to execute support to the (Defense Support of Civil Authorities plan) in the event of a humanitarian or disaster relief situation."

Staff Sgt. Rogelio Ordway, contract specialist, participated in the CommEx and was trained to perform preventative maintenance checks, set up and troubleshoot the BGAN, and establish interface for data connection.

"This system is your Wi-Fi during contingency operations," explained the 10-year Army veteran. "My role during the exercise was hardware set up and the team established connectivity exactly as we were trained."

The training also serves to prepare the 926th Soldiers for the Operational Contracting Support Joint Exercise, scheduled for Jan. 7-Feb. 1. OCSJX-14 is a contingency contracting exercise to prepare military contracting professionals--Soldiers and civilians--for contingency operations in a joint environment.

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