By Staff Sgt. Brian M. Cline, 5th Signal Command (Theater)March 17, 2017
WIESBADEN, Germany -- U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to United States Army Signal Activity Kaiserslautern (USASA-K) conducted a series of classes and events to test Soldier readiness and signal interoperability with other units in Europe during exercise Titan Reforger, March 6-9, 2017 in Landstuhl, Germany.
Titan Reforger is a quarterly training exercise designed to evaluate Soldiers' ability to conduct technical and tactical signal tasks. The technical tasks included interoperability tests between signaleers from several different units, including 7th Mission Support Command, U.S. Special Operations Command Europe and U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command.
"We have the opportunity to support, and work with, 7th Mission Support Command, our Reserve partners here in Europe. They were able to bring a SNAP terminal with them so we can test the interoperability with our Regional Hub Node," said Lt. Col. Ernest Turnabell IV, commander of the 102nd Signal Battalion, 2nd Signal Brigade. A Secure Internet Protocol Router/Non-secure Internet Protocol Router (SIPR/NIPR) Access Point terminal, or SNAP, is used to pass voice and data communications via satellite.
Turnabell said that while signaleers from the different units had commonality in training, each unit has its own set of operating procedures. Getting the different units working together not only smoothed interoperability issues, he said, but also built camaraderie among the signal Soldiers.
1st Lt. Megan Flynn, USASA-K executive officer, said one of the main objectives of the exercise was to focus on Soldier readiness.
"We wanted to give [our Soldiers] better all-around training," Flynn said. "It's important to train our Soldiers and be ready."
The Soldiers met their interoperability training objectives, successfully establishing a link between a SNAP terminal through the Regional Hub Node in Landstuhl and communicating with the United States Army Signal Activity Okinawa in Japan.
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