The National Guard is in a unique position, operating in both federal and domestic environments. The nature of these missions requires Guardsmen to respond with little notice and often in devastating, disaster- stricken places where communications tools necessary for first responders to be effective are not readily available.
The entire National Guard is equipped with Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) Increment 1 (Inc. 1), and the Guard has used WIN-T to communicate during disaster situations when no other communications are available.
Although originally developed for overseas combat operations, WIN-T serves as a critical communications hub that re-establishes secure, high- speed, on-the-move network communications following domestic natural disasters and civil emergencies.
WIN-T was used in this capacity following Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. When power was lost and cellular and mobile communications were unavailable, WIN-T enabled law enforcement, first responders and military organizations to remain in constant contact, share data and collaborate while keeping communication over secure, dedicated military networks separate.