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Satellite communications team keeps Cobra Gold 2011 participants connected

By Lance Cpl. Kris B. Daberkoe | | January 31, 2011

Marines with Satellite Communications Team, Combat Logistics Regiment 3, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, established communications for the command element of the Combined Joint Civic Military Operations Task Force.

Composed of only five Marines, the SCT is responsible for providing and maintaining communications capability for the CJCMOTF during Exercise Cobra Gold 2011.

Cobra Gold 2011, regularly-scheduled joint/coalition multinational exercise, is the latest in a continuing series of Thai-U.S. military exercises designed to ensure peace and stability in the region.           

“The communications capabilities that the SCT provides allows Marines at headquarters to work together with Marines in the field to overcome any obstacles,” said Sgt. Sherwin Fararo, a Sebring, Fla., native and satellite communications operator with CLR-3. “The (light-weight multi-band satellite terminal) allows an entire headquarters unit the ability to transmit and receive real-time communications with their subordinate Marines.”

The LMST provides access to communications services including secure internet protocol router network, non-secure internet protocol network and video conferencing.

“The satellite terminal is the link to the outside world,” said Sgt. Glendon Sword, a Portland, Texas, native and satellite communication technician. “Without that external link, you’re isolated.”

For more information about Cobra Gold 2011, visit its web site at www.marines.mil/cobragold2011 or its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/exercisecobragold.

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