2013-08-23 / Front Page

63rd ESB Soldiers conduct mission validation at Vibrant Response

2nd Lt. Darcy Stanford
63rd Expeditionary Signal Battalion, 35th Signal Brigade


Soldiers from Bravo Company, 63rd Signal Battalion, 35th Signal Brigade, set up a satellite terminal trailer to facilitate communications for Task Force 51 during exercise Vibrant Response 13-2 at Camp Atterbury, Ind., July 31. Vibrant Response is a U.S. Northern Command-sponsored field training exercise for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive consequence management forces designed to improve their ability to respond to catastrophic incidents. 
U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ken Scar/7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment Soldiers from Bravo Company, 63rd Signal Battalion, 35th Signal Brigade, set up a satellite terminal trailer to facilitate communications for Task Force 51 during exercise Vibrant Response 13-2 at Camp Atterbury, Ind., July 31. Vibrant Response is a U.S. Northern Command-sponsored field training exercise for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive consequence management forces designed to improve their ability to respond to catastrophic incidents. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ken Scar/7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment Bravo Company and Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 63rd Expeditionary Signal Battalion provided communication support from July 31 to Aug. 10 for chemical, biological, radioactive, and nuclear response forces in the Vibrant Response 13-2 exercise at Camp Atterbury, Ind.

The exercise certified the battalion to provide communication support for command and control to CBRN Response Element Alpha, which is composed of Army Reserve, National Guard and active duty forces.

“Vibrant Response was a critical exercise to test both our ability to deploy as well as our ability to support Task Force 51,” said Lt. Col. Michael P. Martel, commander, 63rd ESB. “All the Soldiers of the 63rd performed very well in every mission they were given. As a result, we are ready to assume the command and control CBRN Response Element (C2CREA) mission for another year and have identified a few areas we can make improvements.”

Prior to deployment, B Company Soldiers validated their equipment to ensure reliable communications for the exercise, while Headquarters and Headquarters Company prepared to provide B Company with logistical support.

“Vibrant Response is a very unique and rewarding training opportunity that is difficult to replicate. The Soldiers get the opportunity to provide services to actual users as opposed to solely validating their assemblages,” said Capt. Sean Storey, B Company commander, 63rd ESB. “The user interaction the Soldiers received made this exercise the most valuable training event of the year.”

Spc. Cody Turney, a multichannel systems operator ensured his communication systems ran smoothly.

“We verified the efficiency of our signal systems at Camp Atterbury by working directly with our users and implementing customer service,” said Turney.

“In case of a full blown chemical attack, our mission will be to provide worldwide communication to support units such as the 415th Chemical Brigade and the 264th Combat Sustainment so that they can communicate with other components outside of the impact radius,” said Staff Sgt. Erik Santiagocolon, a cable systems installer with B Company.

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