Signal unit connects battlefield
by Spc. Karyn M. Wiedman
FORT DIX, NJ, June 17, 1999 -- When you think of firepower, infantry, artillery and cavalry are probably the first things that come to mind. But effective communication firepower is just as important in the battlefield as rifles, tanks and howitzers.
Soldiers from the 129th arrived at Ft. Dix June 9 and got communication systems up and running for the exercise which began June 16 and ran through June 18.
Brig. Gen. Steven H. Blum, 29th's Assistant Division Commander-Support, pointed out the importance of communication support in any field maneuver situation.
"You can't command and control without communications," said Blum.
According to Sgt. Maj. Jeff Hohman, the battalion's operations sergeant, the 129th is to the division as a commercial telephone company is to the civilian world, providing local and long-distance telephone access as well as e-mail and cellular capabilities.
The 129th's mission is to provide tactical area support for the division and attached units. To fulfill that mission this week, they installed 20 junction boxes throughout the training area. These j-boxes provided the various units in the field with telephone access connections.
The j-boxes were linked to two node centers that acted as
main switches to process calls.
Blum also spoke highly of the 129th and the support they provided to the division this week.
"Our success in this exercise is largely linked to their success," said Blum.
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