39th CS upgrades to optical fiber cables

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  • By Senior Airman Alexis Sandoval
  • 39th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

**Edits have been made to this article to accurately attribute roles and responsibilities of organizations. Corrections were confirmed with 39 OSS Airfield Management in accordance with AFMAN 13-204 v2 4.2.3. as of 6:24 p.m. IST Feb. 2, 2024**

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Türkiye -- The 39th Communications Squadron completed the installation and activation of optical fiber cables to enable installation of a new crash net system on the airfield here Jan. 26.

This effort was part of the 39th CS’s plan to modernize the 39th Air Base Wing’s current infrastructure in support of 39th Operations Support Squadron Airfield Management Team.

The 39th CS’s cable and maintenance unit, specifically, is at the forefront of this change.

"When it comes to preventative maintenance, inspections and continuity, we've been behind, so our main goal for the year is to revamp these programs," said Senior Airman Radjany Mathieu, 39th CS cable maintenance supervisor.

The Airfield’s new secondary crash net system is a perfect example of the unit’s infrastructure upgrade plan, improving resilient communications for emergency communications.

"A crash net is an essential system for every military base," said Mathieu. "If there's ever an incident on the flight line, this allows the Airfield Management to contact every emergency service on the installation,. With the addition of the secondary crash net, it will increase the number of entities personnel are able to contact."

According to Staff Sgt. Justin Tribbett, 39th CS cable maintenance supervisor, in order to install the secondary crash net system, the CS had to pull fiber optic cables through manholes and linking them within from one command and control node to the next.

The use of fiber optic cable is not new; installations across the Department of the Air Force have been moving away from copper lines to fiber.

"A lot of our systems have been running off copper lines," said Mathieu. "Fiber is a lot more secure, faster, and cost-efficient. It is a better form of data communication."

The installation of the cables also provided an excellent on-the-job training opportunity for the unit’s less experienced members, said Tribbett.

"We have four new Airmen from tech school," said Tribbett. "So I'm training them as I'm doing the job. It's a rare occasion because we normally don't pull cable, but it's a good learning experience since they do not receive hands-on experience in tech school."

Mathieu believes that as technology evolves, it is vital that the Air Force, and more specifically, the 39th Air Base Wing, evolves with it. It is the 39th ABW mission to protect NATO's southern flank, and the use of a flight line comes with a variety of hazards that will need an efficient response.

The modernization of 39th Air Base Wing Infrastructure lays the groundwork for Incirlik AB to remain ready, reliable, and responsive.

**Edits have been made to this article to accurately specify roles and responsibilities and the status of the crash net upgrade. Corrections were made and confirmed with 39 OSS Airfield Management in accordance with AFMAN 13-204 v2 4.2.3. as of 6:24 p.m. IST Feb. 2, 2024**

For questions related to 39 ABW personnel or operations, contact 39abw.pa@us.af.mil