Sample of portable imagery at Keen Edge 22 - 412th TEC
412th Theater Engineer Command Soldiers use the latest imagery servers in Keen Edge 22 at Fort Knox to simulate Engineer plans for worldwide operations. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Tony Foster (Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class Tony Foster) VIEW ORIGINAL

FORT KNOX, Ky. — The Army Geospatial Center has assisted in further modernizing the 412th Theater Engineer Command’s Engineer-Focused Intelligence Training, or ENFIT, geospatial intelligence procedures with two portable high speed imagery servers.

The OPTIA-produced “ammo can” and smaller-sized portable imagery server from TerraMaster provide Engineers with rapid access global map data without reliance on network speeds or bandwidth limitations. The unit connects a laptop to either device and pulls what they need directly from it, cutting down research and product development by as much as 50 percent.

Jorge Morales, Team Lead Geographer with the AGC Warfighter Support Directorate, stated that the AGC integrated both portable systems into the ENFIT program as of the third quarter of 2021, so the AGC anticipated units to send in results of their use shortly.

“The ‘ammo can’ has about 25 terabytes in storage,” he said. “That fits all of the geospatial maps with space to spare for more.”

AGC demonstrates Geospatial capabilities at Keen Edge 22 - Fort Knox
1 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Jorge Morales, Team Lead Geographer with the Army Geospatial Center - Warfighter Support Directorate, explains how geospatial techniques influence operations to 416th Theater Engineer Command Soldiers at Fort Knox during Keen Edge 22. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Tony Foster (Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class Tony Foster) VIEW ORIGINAL
Photo of TERRAMASTER portable server at Keen Edge 22 - Fort Knox
2 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – 412th Theater Engineer Command Geospatial Soldiers used the TERRAMASTER portable server during Keen Edge 22 to create intelligence products at Fort Knox from 22 January to 2 February 2022. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Tony Foster (Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class Tony Foster) VIEW ORIGINAL

Morales explained that the maps already on the devices varied depending on what engineers needed, but each were as detailed down to as much as half a meter. He said they provided a “hybrid solution” with both three dimensional and simulation capabilities.

Armed with comprehensive imagery of the entire world, regardless of depth or height, Army Engineers can precisely direct and reinforce U.S. military efforts for assured mission success. Further, at an estimated five pounds each, the servers prove an easy, more than acceptable burden for any unit.

ENFIT is a specialized course where Soldiers use updated geospatial analytic tools with rapid terrain analysis — geospatial data being facts about occurrences, objects and events that are associated with a particular location on Earth's surface. These give engineer commanders proper foundational, geographical knowledge to make the right decisions as to where operations should take place.

OPTIA portable server at Keen Edge 22 - Fort Knox
1 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – 412th Theater Engineer Command Geospatial Soldiers used the OPTIA portable server during Keen Edge 22 to create intelligence products at Fort Knox from 22 January to 2 February 2022. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Tony Foster (Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class Tony Foster) VIEW ORIGINAL
412th TEC Commander briefed Geospatial capability at Keen Edge 22 - Fort Knox
2 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Maj. Gen. Stephen Strand, 412th Theater Engineer Command Commander, attended a brief on the latest geospatial technology and their products at Fort Knox during Keen Edge 22 in February 2022. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Tony Foster (Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class Tony Foster) VIEW ORIGINAL

Maj. Gen. Stephen Strand, 412th TEC Commander, emphasized that ENFIT provides new methods to improve top-tier planning for the Army Reserve.

“The ENFIT program significantly enhances the geospatial engineering capabilities of the [412th Theater Engineer Command],” said Strand. “It's a great program to develop the bench needed to maintain proficiency for years to come.”

Col. Steven Hayden, 412th Theater Engineer Command Chief of Staff, concurred on Strand’s assessment, adding that ENFIT allows Soldiers to use geospatial analytic tools to provide commanders with terrain analysis that shape the battlefield and drive decision.

ENFIT continues in Alexandria, Virginia throughout 2022 with more classes that include these and more modernizing devices.