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724th EABS communication flight stays in touch with the outside world

724th EABS communication squadron stays in touch with the outside world

U.S. Air Force communications Airmen, Tech. Sgt. Travis Evans, 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron cyber transport systems craftsman, tests a newly installed amplifier for radio communications inside the medical tent at Nigerien Air Base 201, Sept. 20, 2017, in Agadez, Niger. The communications section of the squadron ensures the deployed service members and contractors can communicate with colleagues and loved ones across the world from the remote location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua R. M. Dewberry)

724th EABS communication squadron stays in touch with the outside world

U.S. Air Force 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron communications Airmen, set up an antenna outside the medical tent at Nigerien Air Base 201, Sept. 20, 2017, in Agadez, Niger. The communications section of the squadron ensures the deployed service members and contractors can communicate with colleagues and loved ones across the world from the remote location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua R. M. Dewberry)

724th EABS communication squadron stays in touch with the outside world

U.S. Air Force communications Airmen, Tech Sgt. Kalani Calles (left), 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron non-commissioned officerNCO in charge, and Staff Sgt. Alexander Chai, 724th EABS RF transmissions journeyman, conduct maintenance on one of the satellite dishes housed at Nigerien Air Base 201, Sept. 17, 2017, in Agadez, Niger. The communications section of the squadron ensures the deployed service members and contractors can communicate with colleagues and loved ones across the world from the remote location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua R. M. Dewberry)

724th EABS communication squadron stays in touch with the outside world

U.S. Air Force 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron communications Airmen, Tech. Sgt. Kalani Calles (left), 724th EABS non-commissioned officerNCO in charge, and Master Sgt. Scott Nishikawa (right), cyber transport systems craftsman, set up an antenna outside the medical tent at Nigerien Air Base 201, Sept. 20, 2017, in Agadez, Niger. The communications section of the squadron ensures the deployed service members and contractors can communicate with colleagues and loved ones across the world from the remote location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua R. M. Dewberry)

724th EABS communication squadron stays in touch with the outside world

U.S. Air Force communications Airmen, Staff Sgt. Alexander Chai, 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron RF transmissions journeyman, installs an amplifier for radio communications inside the medical tent at Nigerien Air Base 201, Sept. 20, 2017, in Agadez, Niger. The communications section of the squadron ensures the deployed service members and contractors can communicate with colleagues and loved ones across the world from the remote location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua R. M. Dewberry)

724th EABS communication squadron stays in touch with the outside world

U.S. Air Force communications Airman, Tech. Sgt. Kalani Calles, 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron non-commissioned officer in charge, conducts maintenance on one of the satellite dishes housed at Nigerien Air Base 201, Sept. 17, 2017, in Agadez, Niger. The communications section of the squadron ensures the deployed service members and contractors can communicate with colleagues and loved ones across the world from the remote location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua R. M. Dewberry)

724th EABS communication squadron stays in touch with the outside world

U.S. Air Force communications Airmen, Staff Sgt. Alexander Chai, 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron RF transmissions journeyman, conduct maintenance on one of the satellite dishes housed at Nigerien Air Base 201, Sept. 17, 2017, in Agadez, Niger. The communications section of the squadron ensures the deployed service members and contractors can communicate with colleagues and loved ones across the world from the remote location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua R. M. Dewberry)

724th EABS communication squadron stays in touch with the outside world

U.S. Air Force communications Airmen, Senior Airman Sean Brown, 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron cyber surety journeyman, installs cables for radio communications inside the medical tent at Nigerien Air Base 201, Sept. 20, 2017, in Agadez, Niger. The communications section of the squadron ensures the deployed service members and contractors can communicate with colleagues and loved ones across the world from the remote location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua R. M. Dewberry)

724th EABS communication squadron stays in touch with the outside world

U.S. Air Force communications Airmen, Staff Sgt. Alexander Chai, 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron RF transmissions journeyman, conduct maintenance on one of the satellite dishes housed at Nigerien Air Base 201, Sept. 17, 2017, in Agadez, Niger. The communications section of the squadron ensures the deployed service members and contractors can communicate with colleagues and loved ones across the world from the remote location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua R. M. Dewberry)

724th EABS communication squadron stays in touch with the outside world
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Alexander Chai, 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron RF transmissions journeyman, conducts maintenance on one of the satellite dishes housed at Nigerien Air Base 201, Sept. 17, 2017, in Agadez, Niger. The communications section of the squadron ensures the deployed service members and contractors can communicate with colleagues and loved ones across the world from the remote location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua R. M. Dewberry)

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U.S. Air Force communications Airmen, Tech Sgt. Kalani Calles (left), 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron non-commissioned officerNCO in charge, and Staff Sgt. Alexander Chai, 724th EABS RF transmissions journeyman, conduct maintenance on one of the satellite dishes housed at Nigerien Air Base 201, Sept. 17, 2017, in Agadez, Niger. The communications section of the squadron ensures the deployed service members and contractors can communicate with colleagues and loved ones across the world from the remote location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua R. M. Dewberry)

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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Alexander Chai, 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron RF transmissions journeyman, conducts maintenance on one of the satellite dishes housed at Nigerien Air Base 201, Sept. 17, 2017, in Agadez, Niger. The communications section of the squadron ensures the deployed service members and contractors can communicate with colleagues and loved ones across the world from the remote location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua R. M. Dewberry)

Nigerien Air Base 201, Niger --

The 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron communications flight is responsible for the phone, radio and online networks that allows deployed Airmen to stay in touch with colleagues and loved ones from a deployed environment, in Agadez, Niger.

The communications flight was part of the initial teams to establish operations in the remote location.

“The surrounding countries harbor terrorist activity, so we had to take necessary precautions to ensure our safety in such an austere environment,” said Senior Master Sgt. Christopher Miller, 724th EABS communication superintendent. “However, our remote location is actually an advantage for us because of the geographical barriers around us.”

What started as a light tactical unit evolved into an enduring operation.

“This is a hybrid mission for us,” said Capt. Aja Cornella, 724th EABS communications flight commander. “Our equipment is a mixture of small, light communication equipment meant for mobility and larger, more permanent technology like satellite dishes.”

The communications section keeps contingency plans in case the primary systems fail.

“We do what we can to keep everything fully operational in such an austere environment, but equipment does eventually break,” said Miller. “High temperatures, dust and non-stop operations keep us plenty busy and make it that much more important that we always have a way to communicate with our command if something were to fail.”

Without communications, the commanding units of the 724th EABS would lose control of the operation.

“Outside support is key to this mission,” said Cornella. “We rely heavily on incoming shipments of equipment and oversight from back home to keep us going when we’re so far from more established bases.”

The technology utilized by the communications team was not built for the soaring heat and dust storms, so regular preventive maintenance is necessary.

“We make do with the resources at our disposal,” said Miller. “This operation is truly a team environment, where everyone contributes to make this mission possible.”