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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Adam Spencer, 366th Communications Squadron, repairs network switches at Mountain Home Air Force Base, June 25, 2013. The 366th CS accomplished a network migration, and Spencer and fellow network specialists troubleshot and repaired network troubles. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Master Sgt. Kevin Wallace/Released)

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho – Some take computers and network access for granted; and many Gunfighters are no exception. Flip the switch, the light comes on … it ain’t rocket science.

Or is it?

Computer network infrastructures consist of advanced architectures and support mechanisms reaching to every corner of base, and beyond.

A "simple" migration, like the Air Force Network migration accomplished across MHAFB the past few weeks, can sometimes leave Airmen without a vital resource, their network.

When switch malfunctions occurred during the June 2013 AFNet Migration here, entire buildings were left without network access, but the 366th Communications Squadron combat communicators charged into action, tackling problem after problem, restoring network access to the wing.

“We surged with every technician available out at work centers, restoring networks,” said Staff Sgt. Adam Spencer, 366th CS technician. “We know how important the network is to operations, maintenance and support functions on this base, and are committed to keeping all work centers fully mission capable.”

Though doing so cost the combat communicators long overtime hours and meant giving up their involvement in other wing training scenarios, the end results justified the sacrifice, said Master Sgt. Christy Funk, 366th CS chief of Client Support Section.

“As cyber operations evolve, the Air Force Network Integration Center will consolidate all bases and users into one network,” said Funk. “When the migration is complete, Airmen will have a single account, which will always be active and accessible at any Air Force location worldwide, by using their common access card. This will simplify permanent changes of station, temporary duties away from home station and deployments.”

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Date Taken:06.25.2013

Date Posted:06.25.2013 17:23


Hometown:BOISE, ID, US



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