Radio truck boosts flood coordination
By Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Ewer, Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs
/ Published March 23, 2010
MOORHEAD, Minn. --
A Remote Communications Platform (RCP) was deployed to Moorhead, Minn. to increase the communications range of both military and civilian authorities fighting the spring floods of 2010.
The functionality provided by the RCP is relatively new having just entered service in 2009. With it's 3 man crew, it is considered fully mission capable within 15 minutes of arriving at a broadcast location. The 60-foot RCP radio antenna is used to extend the range of cell phone communications for the members of the flood fight task force including both military and local civil authorities.
Manning the RCP is a cooperative effort between various Army units of the Minnesota National Guard and it's Air Guard units, the 133rd Airlift Wing from St. Paul and the 148th Fighter Wing from Duluth.
Minnesota National Army and Air National Guard members form a joint team to operate and maintain the Remote Communications Platform deployed to Moorhead in support of local authorities battling spring floods.
This Army/Air partnership seems to work well. "We both have our Army lingo and Air lingo that sometimes we need to translate to each other," said Master Sgt. Bryan Druar, Communications Squadron, 148th Fighter Wing, "but for the most part, a radio is a radio. We both have to make that thing work, so it goes pretty well, we work together."
For more on the Minnesota National Guard flood fight efforts www.minnesotanationalguard.org/2010Flood/