New communications a 'SNAP' for 403rd in Korea
March 2, 2012
CAMP HENRY, Korea - A two-man team from the U.S. Army Sustainment Command G6 Current Operations Division, arrived in Daegu, Korea, Feb. 1 to train members of the 403rd Army Field Support Brigade in the use of its new SIPR-NIPR Access Point terminals, known as SNAP. Brigade personnel came from various locations throughout Korea to Daegu to attend this training. The training included familiarization, storage, deployment, and operation of the medium and micro SNAP terminals, a component of the brigade's new mobile communications capability.
As a first step, the brand-new terminals required operability validation, as well as a check for compliance with current approved modification work orders. Instructors and students worked together to complete required equipment modifications and upgrades. Students reported this method worked well as it allowed assigned personnel to gain a better understanding in the operation of the terminals under normal operations as well as previewing what to expect in contingency operations.
Initial configurations were built and subsequently uploaded into the equipment. Once safety procedures were reviewed, the ASC G6 team then instructed personnel in the proper procedures to stage, set-up and operate the SNAP terminals. The 403rd AFSB will use the SNAP terminals for many daily and exercise operations as well as in support of contingency operations.
The new terminals enable e-mail transmission and connectivity, while also creating capability for video teleconferencing during field operations.
Successful fielding of the SNAP terminals is another step on the road to enabling Army Field Support Brigades to achieve communications connectivity in a tactical environment. An early entry communications kit developed by ASC's G6, includes computers, printers, phones, antennas, power supplies, a generator, and a trailer-mounted shelter from which AFSBs can conduct tactical operations.