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“WIN-T Increment 2 will also enhance the ability of the National Guard to communicate with first responders.”

Army LTG Barclay, 4/26/13 House Armed Services Committee Hearing

 

 

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.

New York National Guard sets up Communications following Sandy
New York National Guard sets up Communications following Sandy (U.S. Army photo by Spc. J.p. Lawrence, 42nd Infantry Division)
 
 

 

 

“The National Guard and the WIN-T Increment 1 team moved quickly to restore the local, state and federal government’s communications capabilities.”

“Army’s Regional Hub Node supports early communications in Sandy Relief Effort” 5/15/13