DVIDS – News – AFRC Leaders Visit Comm Combat Rodeo
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga .– Lt. Gen. Richard Scobee, Air Force Reserve Chief and Commander Air Force Reserve Command, and Chief Master Sgt. Timothy White Jr., senior advisor to the Air Force Reserve chief and AFRC command chief master sergeant, visited the 55th Combat Communications Squadron, April 29.
The 55th CBCS was participating in the Total Force Expeditionary Communications Rodeo, hosted by the 5th Combat Communications Group here.
The rodeo, over the course of two weeks, provided an opportunity for combat communications units across the Air Force to come together in a joint environment and practice their skills in a simulated deployment location.
Staff Sgt.Michael Barnes, 55th CBCS Cyber Transport Technician and Rodeo Participant, said the rodeo consisted of specialized classes, training scenarios, equipment testing and running through the set-up and the dismantling of a forward operating base.
However, the best benefit, according to Barnes, was the ability to network.
“Coming together like this allows us to network with Airmen from other combat communication units,” he said. “Our experiences shared here will allow us to embark on a deployment that already has relationships and already be like family.”
Another benefit of the rodeo was the sharing and exchange of professional knowledge and techniques.
According to Airman First Class Marquel Cummings, 55th CBCS Cyber Transport Technician and first-time rodeo participant, learning from others in real-time scenarios has shown that there can be more than one solution to any given problem.
“A lot of people have different experiences and different solutions,” Cummings said. “I saw how other units approached issues differently and in ways that never occurred to me. Now I know and I can use it.
The rodeo culminated in the visit of two senior leaders of the AFRC.
During the visit, Scobee emphasized the importance of combat communications by relaying a story of one of his deployments to the airmen in attendance.
“When I was in the Gulf War in 1991, as we were setting up operations, we made the mistake of thinking that bringing in planes was the most important thing,” said Scobee. “It took us two weeks before we could turn a wheel because we had no communication there. That’s when I realized, okay, get a viable lead and set up communications. This is how it should be.
Scobee has also taken the time to recognize the excellence of top rodeo performers.
Technology. Sgt. James Marsh and Senior Airman Dezhane Lastrapes, 35th Combat Communication Squadron from Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, and Staff Sgt. Joshua Cloud, 23rd Combat Communications Squadron at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. Each received a coin and handshakes from Scobee and White.
Cummings also received recognition and a coin from Scobee, after delivering a job briefing and answering questions about his role in the Combat Communication Rodeo.
“We make sure everyone and all equipment are able to communicate properly in order to support mission operations,” Cummings said. “I feel like he understood the importance of our job and how hard we are working to get there.”
According to Lt. Col. Colin Williams, 55th CBCS commander, the rodeo was a one-of-a-kind exercise that brought together Guard, Reserve, and active duty combat communications units in a simulated deployment location.
“By working with our partners at Total Force, we were able to exercise our relationship before we were sent into a real-world emergency,” said Williams. “The Airmen from the 55th CBCS, 35th CBCS and 23rd CBCS have done an outstanding job over the past two weeks and have represented the Reserve community very well.
The other units present were as follows:
Air Force active duty units; 1st Combat Communications Squadron, 5th Combat Communications Support Squadron, 52nd Combat Communications Squadron and the 85th Engineer Installation Squadron
Air National Guard units; 282nd Combat Communications Squadron and 283rd Combat Communications Squadron
|Date posted:||05/19/2021 3:36 PM|
|Location:||ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, GA, United States|
|Hometown:||LACKLAND AIR FORCES BASE, TX, USA|
|Hometown:||SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States|
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