Marines that use computers to E-mail friends and family back home.
“We get two or three fix-it jobs a week. Our biggest grief is when they try to fix it themselves. When that happens, it just makes it harder on us. Marines need to bring it to us as soon as there is a problem,” said Cpl. Andrew P. Parsons, tactical data networking specialist, from Winchester, Va.
The Marines execute the data plan for the battalion under the supervision of Sgt. Jeremy D. Sadler, network administrator, from Newark, Del.
The linking of the forward operating bases with secure communications is crucial to the success of the battalion in its mission.
Many of the bases are separated by miles of rugged terrain, so support would need to be sent as quickly as possible to be effective.
The use of up to date technology makes the range of the battalion significantly greater due to the ease of communication.
“Security and stability are the main concerns for our job. Thankfully, with Navy Marine Corps Intranet we’re a step closer than ever before. Now, all units will be on the same system,” said Sadler.
Besides keeping the battalion in constant communication for military applications, the tactical data networking specialists are also an important factor in morale, as they maintain the internet allowing Marines easy contact with their families and friends.
“When I came in the Marine Corps, we had to write letters, and you had to pay for your own stamp. Now I have Marines that can chat with their wives and even use webcams,” said Master Gunnery Sgt. Gerardo V. Panetta, battalion operations chief. “These guys are amazing. Without Marines like Papiernik and Parsons, we would be in a hurt locker. We usually have at least one computer go down a day, and we just bring it to them, and they get it right back up.”