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442d Command Post performs field training at state park

A woman in camouflage with her back to the camera kneels while holding a radio in front of her.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Brenda Clark, a command post specialist with the 442d Fighter Wing, dials in a frequency on an RT-113 radio transceiver Oct. 6, 2021, at Knob Noster State Park in Knob Noster, Mo. Clark and Senior Airman Amber Ahrens received training from two radio frequency systems technicians from the 509th Communications Squadron.

A mossy lake with two Airmen walking along the shore in the distance.

Two Airmen walk along the far shore of Lake Buteo Oct. 6, 2021, at Knob Noster State Park in Knob Noster, Mo. The Airmen used the lake's surface to bounce a radio signal off of in an attempt to improve reception.

A woman in camouflage holds a radio handset while kneeling in front of the radio.

Senior Airman Amber Ahrens, a command post technician with the 442d Fighter Wing, makes a radio call on an RT-113 radio transceiver Oct. 6, 2021, at Knob Noster State Park in Knob Noster, Mo. Ahrens received training on the RT-113 from radio transmission technicians from the 509th Communications Squadron.

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Two members of the 442d Fighter Wing command post joined two members of the 509th Communication Squadron’s radio maintenance shop for mobile command post training Oct. 6, 2021, at Knob Noster State Park in Knob Noster, Missouri.

The training focused on setup of and familiarization with RT-113 mobile radio transceivers that would be used should the command post ever need to be evacuated.

Staff Sgt. Brenda Clark and Senior Airman Amber Ahrens, both command post technicians, hiked around Lake Buteo at the park with Airman 1st Class Jaye McMillan and Airman 1st Class Max Sager, both radio frequency transmission systems technicians with the 509 CS.

“They were giving training to Senior Airman Ahrens and myself,” Clark said, “so we could distribute it through the rest of the command post.”

They worked on packing the radios for mobility, changing battery packs, attaching mobile antennas, and dialing in frequencies so they could speak to base stations, aircraft, and other command posts.

“The command post will benefit from this training in that, if our physical post is ever taken out,” said Master Sgt. Sabrina Balandron, the 442d Fighter Wing command post superintendent, “then we will still have equipment and training available to continue comms with jets in the air.”

This training session continued and built upon previous training that occurred at Ike Skelton Park on Whiteman Air Force Base the week before. The eventual goal is for the command post to be proficient at operating and troubleshooting radios in the field.