News: MWCS-28 makes operations possible for other units during Exercise Spartan Dinami
Story by Cpl. Scott L. Tomaszycki
MARINE CORPS AUXILIARY LANDING FIELD BOGUE, N.C. - Marines with Marine Wing Communications Squadron 28 began supporting Marine Wing Support Squadron 271 with Exercise Spartan Dinami at Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field Bogue, N.C., Sept. 11.
Spartan Dinami is an exercise designed to support the mission essential tasks lists of both units and prepare them to participate in Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course in the spring, according to 2nd Lt. Brian Prior, the platoon commander of transmissions platoon, MWSS-271.
Company A of MWCS-28 will provide support to meet the communications and networking needs of MWSS-271 during the exercise, said 1st Lt. Jamie Foss, the commanding officer of Company A, MWCS-28.
“We’re essentially connecting them to the outside world and giving them the ability to call back home,” said Foss.
Dinami comes from a Greek word meaning “power.” The name is appropriate because the ability to communicate translates into power on the battlefield said Gunnery Sgt. Lawrence Bostic, the company operations chief.
“An infantry officer told me once that without ‘comm,’ you’re just camping,” Bostic said. “Comm makes everything happen. It gives the commanders the power to coordinate all the way down to the lowest level.
“They rely on us to see the bigger picture and communicate with the internet and units back on Cherry Point,” said Bostic.
As they support MWSS-271, the communications detachment isn’t wasting an opportunity to expand their own knowledge and capabilities.
This is the first time MWCS-28 will use the new Very Small Aperture Terminal - Large satellite system, an upgraded version of equipment already in use. It is more powerful, offering more modems and bandwidth, so the new system can handle more information flow and process it faster.
The detachment is deploying the new system only four working days after receiving it. Foss said getting his Marines familiar with the new equipment and maintaining their military occupational specialty proficiency will help them prepare for larger exercises and operations in the future where the demand for communications services are much greater.
“Marines work hard, and that’s where the success of any exercise comes from, the effort they put into it,” said Bostic.
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