By Master Sgt. Robert Talenti
689th Combat Communications Wing
As part of an exchange between the 689th Combat Communications Wing and its sister wing the 50th Space Wing, Col. Wayne Monteith, 50th SW commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Randy LaCombe, 50th SW command chief, visited the B.E.A.S.T.’s (Bravery, Expeditionary/Excellence, Attitude/Advocacy, Standards/Compliance, Teamwork) of the 689th CCW here March 23.
The visit gave both wing commanders a better understanding of each other’s missions and how they can better support/inter-relate in the future.
Colonel Monteith and Chief LaCombe took the opportunity to learn more about the 689th CCW current operations, Combat Challenge Team, 5th Combat Communications Group (MOB) Mobility School training, and observe a communications training exercise conducted by the 52nd Combat Communications Squadron. Also during their visit they attended the send-off of 20 Airmen who are deploying to support a bare base stand-up in Bahrain.
During the visit to the 5th MOB Combat Challenge Team training area the team demonstrated various competition tasks to include physical conditioning and tactical movements for the visitors.
“I am just glad that we don’t have to compete directly with this combat comm wing,” said Colonel Monteith. “Because, you all are ready… you all are prepared, I look forward to seeing you on the podium collecting hardware.”
Additionally, the colonel and chief spent a several hours with the current 5th MOB mobility school students. They toured the training facility classrooms and then watched how a bare base is configured with defensive fighting positions in the Gator air base training area. The students also ran through a fire fight with a casualty scenario demonstration.
The colonel and chief took some time out to speak with the trainees.
“Tremendous training, and it appears tremendously effective in preparing our folks to deploy downrange and quite frankly to accomplish the mission every single day defending this nation,” said Colonel Monteith about the training he observed.
Lastly, the colonel and chief watched the capabilities brought to a bare base by a deployable combat comm team through a communication exercise conducted by the 52nd CBCS. They spent some time discussing each member’s positions and roles in the team as well as the equipment and capabilities.
“I think it is a great relationship. We are laying the foundation between our two wings and I absolutely look forward to getting our Airmen out here to work with yours and bringing yours out to our base to show how the two missions inter-relate with each other… this is just a great experience,” said Colonel Monteith.
One thing is sure; the visit and information exchange will ensure a strong partnership in the future.