DVIDS – News – Task Force Liberty Airmen supporting Afghans with communication capabilities

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An office of 10 Airmen provides communication capabilities for the entire Task Force Liberty.

“J6 is responsible for computer networks, telephones and radio communications supporting the efforts of the military, non-governmental organizations and Afghan guests here in Task Force Liberty,” said Major William Traynor, TF Liberty J6 assigned to 324 Squadron. training at Joint Base San Antonio.

“Wireless networks are in great demand among our Afghan customers, primarily because they are both a lifeline and an almost inexhaustible source of entertainment and news. ”

After fleeing their home country when the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, something as simple as connecting to the internet has become crucial to maintaining a sense of normalcy.

“They don’t have much they could do here, so connecting with their families via the Internet is a big part of their life here,” said Senior Airman David Vallance, TF Liberty J6 assigned to 325 Squadron. communications at Tyndall Air Force Base.

“Give them access, allow them to talk to their families at home, entertain them and give them a little light in their day-to-day life. ”

Communications Airmen work 16 hours a day to make life at Liberty Village “better every day”.

“J6 works every day to add more bandwidth to existing networks or, in some cases, bring network connectivity to locations that were nothing more than a field just a few weeks ago,” Traynor said. .

J6 Airmen spent about $ 35,000 to build a wireless network capable of supporting over 9,000 users in less than six weeks with no infrastructure in place.

SrA Vallance calls this a fun learning curve, as the Air Force typically doesn’t work with wireless networks. In his spare time, he researched the most cost effective ways to provide coverage to the people of Liberty Village.

“We are here to provide not only a distraction, but something meaningful for people. You see them after you do an installation, you poke your head for two seconds down the halls and aisles and see people on their phones. They appreciate something, even if it’s only for a brief moment, ”said Master Sgt. John Cavazos, TF Liberty J6 National Guardsman assigned to the 176th Operations Support Squadron at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

“It touches my heart to know that I am giving something to someone who can help them feel a little more comfortable.”

This sense of accomplishment extends to the whole team.

“Helping people on this scale is something I’ve wanted to do since joining the Air Force and honestly I’m happy I had this opportunity,” Traynor said. “I feel like I’m making a real difference here.

The difference is visible everywhere in Liberty Village.

“Look at the people, look at what they are doing, look at what they have in their hands; they have a cell phone, they have a laptop and they are able to communicate, ”Cavazos said. “We provided that, they have this channel to communicate with someone across the camp, through the village, or all the way into Afghanistan.”

For SrA Vallance, he is happy to be part of Operation Allies Welcome.

“The most rewarding thing is seeing people talking to their families in the hallways, watching them use the internet that we provide them,” Vallance said. “I’m really grateful that I was able to come here and be a part of this, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I will never see something like this again.”

Date taken: 10.16.2021
Date posted: 10.16.2021 13:39
Story ID: 407404
Site: JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, NJ, United States

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