518th TIN Company conducts training exercise
The 518th Tactical Installation and Networking Company, 63rd Expeditionary Signal Battalion, 35th Signal Brigade, held a training exercise to maintain its expeditionary culture Feb. 18 - 28 on Fort Gordon.
“The training exercise for 518th validates company ready complete the mission they are assigned to perform,” said Lt. Col. Michael P. Martel, 63rd ESB commander.
The 518th TIN Co. is one of two tactical installation and networking companies in the Army. The company also installs, maintains, and restores communication networks for our forces deployed at multiple forward operating bases across Afghanistan and other deployment locations.
“They have the unique skill sets to employ teams that provide network infrastructure installation and maintenance,” said Martel.
In addition to the unique skill set, Soldiers in the 518th TIN Co. trained in technical control facility operations.
Sgt. Mark M. Jensen, who hails from Niceville, Fla., assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 35th Signal Brigade, deployed with the 518th TIN Co. from June 2012 to March 2013, a ninemonth deployment.
He was responsible for maintaining communication security and the automations helpdesk during the operation for one of the largest FOBs in Afghanistan
“Many of the Soldiers here have never seen some of this equipment before,” said Jensen. “It is very important they learn how to use the equipment properly.”
Spc. Tamarcus C. Alexander, a cable systems installer, learned how to answer automation trouble tickets, load radios with encryption information, and monitor a tactical network.
Alexander also deployed with the 518th TIN Co., on a prior deployment.
“ The training exercise brought a lot of great information for the new Soldiers,” said Alexander. “The exercise was very effective due to the amount of hands on training.”