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Tyndall Airmen modernize communications infrastructure

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Emmanuel Jackson-Wilson, cable antenna systems technician with the 85th Engineering Installation Squadron assigned to Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, exits a manhole at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Aug. 28, 2020. The 85th EIS has made multiple trips to Tyndall to assist the 325th Communications Squadron with relocating information transfer nodes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Clayton Lenhardt)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Emmanuel Jackson-Wilson, cable antenna systems technician with the 85th Engineering Installation Squadron assigned to Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, exits a manhole at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Aug. 28, 2020. The 85th EIS has made multiple trips to Tyndall to assist the 325th Communications Squadron with relocating information transfer nodes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Clayton Lenhardt)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Emmanual Jackson-Willson, cable antenna systems technician with the 85th Engineering Installation Squadron assigned to Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, hooks the back of Staff Sgt. Jesse Laclair, cable antenna systems technician with the 85th EIS, as he prepares to go underground at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Aug. 28, 2020. Laclair assisted in the process of modernizing Tyndall’s communication infrastructure. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Anabel Del Valle)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Emmanual Jackson-Willson, cable antenna systems technician with the 85th Engineering Installation Squadron assigned to Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, hooks the back of Staff Sgt. Jesse Laclair, cable antenna systems technician with the 85th EIS, as he prepares to go underground at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Aug. 28, 2020. Laclair assisted in the process of modernizing Tyndall’s communication infrastructure. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Anabel Del Valle)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Emmanuel Jackson-Wilson, cable antenna systems technician with the 85th Engineering Installation Squadron out of Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, sorts cable at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Aug. 28, 2020. The 85th EIS has made multiple trips to Tyndall to assist the 325th Communications Squadron with relocating information transfer nodes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Clayton Lenhardt)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Emmanuel Jackson-Wilson, cable antenna systems technician with the 85th Engineering Installation Squadron out of Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, sorts cable at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Aug. 28, 2020. The 85th EIS has made multiple trips to Tyndall to assist the 325th Communications Squadron with relocating information transfer nodes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Clayton Lenhardt)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Trent Olson and Staff Sgt. Jesse Laclair, cable antenna systems technicians with the 85th Engineering Installation Squadron assigned to Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, watch from above as a co-worker sorts cable at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Aug. 28, 2020. The 85th EIS is assisting the 325th Communications Squadron to move information transfer nodes from damaged buildings, which will improve network stability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Clayton Lenhardt)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Trent Olson and Staff Sgt. Jesse Laclair, cable antenna systems technicians with the 85th Engineering Installation Squadron assigned to Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, watch from above as a co-worker sorts cable at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Aug. 28, 2020. The 85th EIS is assisting the 325th Communications Squadron to move information transfer nodes from damaged buildings, which will improve network stability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Clayton Lenhardt)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jesse Laclair, cable antenna systems technician with the 85th Engineering Installation Squadron assigned to Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, pulls cable at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Aug. 28, 2020. The 85th EIS is assisting the 325th Communications Squadron to move information transfer nodes from damaged buildings, which will improve network stability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Clayton Lenhardt)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jesse Laclair, cable antenna systems technician with the 85th Engineering Installation Squadron assigned to Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, pulls cable at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Aug. 28, 2020. The 85th EIS is assisting the 325th Communications Squadron to move information transfer nodes from damaged buildings, which will improve network stability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Clayton Lenhardt)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jesse Laclair, cable antenna systems technician with the 85th Engineering Installation Squadron assigned to Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, enters a manhole to manage cable at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Aug. 28, 2020. The 85th EIS has made multiple trips to Tyndall to assist the 325th Communications Squadron with relocating information transfer nodes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Clayton Lenhardt)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jesse Laclair, cable antenna systems technician with the 85th Engineering Installation Squadron assigned to Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, enters a manhole to manage cable at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Aug. 28, 2020. The 85th EIS has made multiple trips to Tyndall to assist the 325th Communications Squadron with relocating information transfer nodes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Clayton Lenhardt)

Cable antenna systems technicians with the 85th Engineering Installation Squadron assigned to Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, prepare to enter a manhole at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Aug. 28, 2020. The 85th EIS is assisting the 325th Communications Squadron to move information transfer nodes from damaged buildings, which will improve network stability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Clayton Lenhardt)

Cable antenna systems technicians with the 85th Engineering Installation Squadron assigned to Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, prepare to enter a manhole at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Aug. 28, 2020. The 85th EIS is assisting the 325th Communications Squadron to move information transfer nodes from damaged buildings, which will improve network stability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Clayton Lenhardt)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Darren Perry, left, Staff Sgt. Jesse Laclair, center, and Airman 1st Class Emmanuel Jackson-Wilson, right, cable antenna systems technicians with the 85th Engineering Installation Squadron assigned to Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, prepare to enter a manhole at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Aug. 28, 2020. The 85th EIS has made multiple trips to Tyndall to assist the 325th Communications Squadron with relocating information transfer nodes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Clayton Lenhardt)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Darren Perry, left, Staff Sgt. Jesse Laclair, center, and Airman 1st Class Emmanuel Jackson-Wilson, right, cable antenna systems technicians with the 85th Engineering Installation Squadron assigned to Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, prepare to enter a manhole at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Aug. 28, 2020. The 85th EIS has made multiple trips to Tyndall to assist the 325th Communications Squadron with relocating information transfer nodes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Clayton Lenhardt)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Trent Olson, left, Airman 1st Class Emmanuel Jackson-Wilson, right, cable antenna systems technicians with the 85th Engineering Installation Squadron assigned to Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, help Staff Sgt. Jesse Laclair, center, 85th EIS cable antenna systems technician, exit a manhole at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Aug. 28, 2020. The 85th EIS is assisting the 325th Communications Squadron to move information transfer nodes from damaged buildings, which will improve network stability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Clayton Lenhardt)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Trent Olson, left, Airman 1st Class Emmanuel Jackson-Wilson, right, cable antenna systems technicians with the 85th Engineering Installation Squadron assigned to Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, help Staff Sgt. Jesse Laclair, center, 85th EIS cable antenna systems technician, exit a manhole at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Aug. 28, 2020. The 85th EIS is assisting the 325th Communications Squadron to move information transfer nodes from damaged buildings, which will improve network stability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Clayton Lenhardt)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Trent Olson, left, Airman 1st Class Emmanuel Jackson-Wilson, right, cable antenna systems technicians with the 85th Engineering Installation Squadron assigned to Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, help Staff Sgt. Jesse Laclair (center), 85th EIS cable antenna systems technician, as he enters a manhole to work on underground cables at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Aug. 28, 2020. The 85th EIS has made multiple trips to Tyndall to assist the 325th Communications Squadron with relocating information transfer nodes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Clayton Lenhardt)
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Trent Olson, left, Airman 1st Class Emmanuel Jackson-Wilson, right, cable antenna systems technicians with the 85th Engineering Installation Squadron assigned to Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, help Staff Sgt. Jesse Laclair (center), 85th EIS cable antenna systems technician, as he enters a manhole to work on underground cables at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Aug. 28, 2020. The 85th EIS has made multiple trips to Tyndall to assist the 325th Communications Squadron with relocating information transfer nodes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Clayton Lenhardt)

A cable antenna systems technician with the 85th Engineering Installation Squadron assigned to Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, cuts cable at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Aug. 28, 2020. The 85th EIS is assisting the 325th Communications Squadron to move information transfer nodes from damaged buildings, which will improve network stability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Clayton Lenhardt)
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A cable antenna systems technician with the 85th Engineering Installation Squadron assigned to Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, cuts cable at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Aug. 28, 2020. The 85th EIS is assisting the 325th Communications Squadron to move information transfer nodes from damaged buildings, which will improve network stability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Clayton Lenhardt)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Darren Perry, cable antenna systems technician with the 85th Engineering Installation Squadron assigned to Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, and Airman 1st Class Emmanuel Jackson-Willson, cable antenna systems technician with the 85th EIS, manage cable at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Aug. 28, 2020. Perry and Jackson-Willson came to Tyndall to help relocate information transfer nodes to improve network connection across base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Anabel Del Valle)
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Darren Perry, cable antenna systems technician with the 85th Engineering Installation Squadron assigned to Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, and Airman 1st Class Emmanuel Jackson-Willson, cable antenna systems technician with the 85th EIS, manage cable at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Aug. 28, 2020. Perry and Jackson-Willson came to Tyndall to help relocate information transfer nodes to improve network connection across base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Anabel Del Valle)

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --

The 325th Communications Squadron continues to engineer new cable routes to revamp Tyndall Air Force Base’s communications infrastructure as part of ongoing rebuild efforts.

Several information transfer nodes, which are the physical locations of high-speed data networks and telephone equipment, were left exposed and without protection after a Category 5 hurricane in 2018.

“The buildings they are currently located in are heavily damaged and scheduled for demolition,” said U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Samuel Trutna, 325th CS cable and antenna supervisor. “Without relocating these nodes, they would have remained in non-environmentally controlled conditions which cause frequent outages for network and mission systems.”

Modernizing and improving the resiliency of core network services is essential to preventing outages from future natural disasters and ensuring Tyndall is rebuilt as the base of the future.

“It feels great to be a part of rebuilding Tyndall and knowing I am doing something that directly affects the mission,” said Senior Airman Trent Olson, 85th Engineering Installation Squadron cable and antenna systems technician. “The rewarding part of this type of work is making the customer satisfied by ensuring their job runs more smoothly due to the work we’ve done.”

Trutna says the relocation of ITNs is rarely done but was made possible with the help of the 85th Engineering Installation Squadron from Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, 325th Civil Engineer Squadron, 325th Contracting Squadron, and the Florida Department of Transportation.

Eric Grath, 325th CS cable systems technician, is a valued team member according to Trutna.

“Mr. Grath was instrumental in all stages of this operation,” said Trutna. “He was the driving force behind the designs, identifying affected users, behind the scenes preparation, and quickly troubleshooting issues.”

Trutna says the hard work put into these moves are paying off.

“I would be hard pressed to determine an organization that hasn’t been impacted by these ITN moves,” said Trutna. “All base users will have improved network uptime including during extreme weather conditions.”

The remainder of Tyndall’s ITN transfers are scheduled to be completed during the summer of 2021.