US ARMY PILOT COMMERCIAL SATCOM TRAINING PROGRAM SUPPORTED BY GVF, INTELSAT GENERAL, AQYR, AND SATPROF AT CAMP ROBERTS
40 US Army Soldiers and Civilians Complete GVF Hybrid Online/Hands-on Training and Certification
December 12, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC –
Serving with the United States Army Signal Activity (USASA) – Camp Roberts after a tour with Intelsat General through the US Army’s Training With Industry (TWI) program, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Jeramy Cosner has spearheaded a pilot of the GVF commercial satcom training and certification program within the 302d Signal Battalion.
The first milestone for the 302d Signal Battalion GVF Pilot Program was achieved on 20 October 2017, with 40 uniformed and civilian staff completing first the required online courses, then a hands-on skills test (HOST) at a session held at Camp Roberts, California. The mandatory HOST requires candidates to demonstrate the knowledge and skills covered in the online courses, including building a VSAT antenna, pre-setting polarization, finding the target satellite, and using the “beam balance” method to accurately point the VSAT antenna with least interference.
This session was supported by SatProf and Intelsat General, who each provided a certified GVF examiner, with additional support from AQYR Tactical SATCOM Solutions.
“The US Army is a heavy user of commercial satcom resources, and the GVF training courses are an ideal complement to the Army’s training on military satcom systems.” Chief Cosner said. “I believe every US Army NOC techician and tactical satcom installer/operator using any commercial or military satcom resources would benefit from the GVF program, not only for operational efficiency, but in learning important interference-reduction skills.”
“The GVF training program has greatly increased the mission readiness of USASA – Camp Roberts,” said Major D. Susan Rogers, Commander at Camp Roberts, “and significantly improved the technical proficiency of the Soldiers and Civilians at the Camp Roberts Satellite Communications Station.”
The pilot program is continuing, with more than 80 USASA students participating across the 302d Signal Battalion. To bootstrap availability of GVF certifications within the US military, several Camp Roberts personnel are qualifying as certified GVF HOST examiners.
NOTES FOR EDITORS:
GVF is the single and unified voice of the global satellite industry. Founded in 1997, it brings together organizations engaged in the delivery of advanced broadband and narrowband satellite services to consumers, and commercial and government enterprises worldwide. Headquartered in London, GVF is an independent, non-partisan and non-profit organization with members from every major region of the world. The broad-based membership represents every major world region and every sector of the satellite industry, including fixed and mobile satellite operators, satellite network operators, teleports, satellite earth station manufacturers, system integrators, value added and enhanced service providers, telecom carriers, consultants, law firms, and users. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Intelsat General (IGC) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Intelsat, operator of the world’s first Globalized Network. IGC provides its government and commercial customers with high-quality, cost-effective, communications solutions via Intelsat’s leading satellite backbone and terrestrial infrastructure. Our customers rely on IGC to provide secure and seamless broadband connectivity, video communications, and mobility services for mission-critical operations anywhere on the globe through our open, inter-operable architecture.
AQYR designs and manufactures highly portable GBS and 2-way Ku/Ka/X-band full auto-acquisition, single-case, portable ground terminals. These intuitive, patented, auto-acquire terminals are used by Defense, NGOs, Public Sector, Foreign Governments, Commercial & Enterprise markets. AQYR is THE land terminal provider for Tactical SATCOM Solutions. AQYR is a wholly owned subsidiary of Windmill International, Inc.
SatProf, Inc. is staffed by veteran satellite ground equipment, earth station, and systems engineers. The company develops the content for and administers the GVF training program, and offers standard and custom technical e-learning material and engineering support for satellite installers, technicians, engineers, and managers.