Intercepts

The Interceptor has finally returned from a month-long trip to WesPac visiting the "warfighters" hailed in briefing charts found at practically every exit of I-495.

It was an eye-opening adventure to the "tip of the spear," where C4I folks still struggle to do business with more 386 PCs and 9.6 kilobit/sec circuits than one can envision after sitting through a high-tech AFCEA briefing in McLean, Va.

*The Edmonds exit.

Still working through a month of data dumps from my Courthouse Road antenna site, but I did pick up solid information that DISA director Lt. Gen. Al Edmonds has set Aug. 1 as his official retirement date.

Subtract some accumulated leave, and Edmonds could leave as early as July - and no replacement has yet been named. Very little good intell on an Edmonds successor - so little, in fact, that folks at Courthouse Road want to know what I know.

*The SBIS shuffle.

My WesPac sources tell me that SBIS once again failed to make the cut in next year's Army Program Objective Memorandum.

*DISN and Oprah?

According to Col. Rick Lee, the Army 1st Signal Brigade has found a unique way to extend DISN to remote bases and camps in South Korea.

Lee said the 1st Signal plans to piggyback DISN on a digital DS-3 network upgrade planned by the Armed Forces Korea Network, which broadcasts radio and TV via remote transmitters located throughout the peninsula.

AFKN has the frequencies and the funding, Lee explained, with DISN taking up about two-thirds of the DS-3 channel space and the AFKN radio and TV programs using the remainder.

Users probably will have to be real careful with their remote controls.

*A big mahalo.

To Adm. Archie Clemins, the CINCPACFLT, not only for his insights into IT but also his understanding that for an old jarhead, a return to WesPac after 32 years amounts to far more than a business trip.

Thanks to his superb PAO staff - Capt. Keith Arterburn and Chief Chris McIntire - for making it all happen.

Mahalo also to Capt. Julie Keesling, Cmdr. Mark Jensen and Lt. Cmdr. Chris Dour for their hospitality on the USS Blue Ridge and in Australia.

*Well done.

To the "Guam IT Musketeers," Cmdr. Will Anderson and Marcial Dumlao of the DISA Guam field office and Lt. Cmdr. Mike Francis, COMNAVMAR N6, for demonstrating that DISA and its customers can play well together - as well as for taking on a mission from the heart with true style and grace.

*Semper fi.

To Lt. Col. Jerry Baigis on Okinawa for some real "Sands of Iwo Jima" and to Lt. Col. Bill February of 7th Comm - who knew enough to let his enlisted Marines tell the story.

Finally, a real "hooah" to Capt. Sonya Edmunds of the 125th Signal in Hawaii, a true Renaissance woman and a master parachutist who also knows that an implement is a fork and not a verb.

* Back inside the Beltway.

The Interceptor has finally returned from a month-long trip to WesPac visiting the "warfighters" hailed in briefing charts found at practically every exit of I-495. It was an eye-opening adventure to the "tip of the spear " where C4I folks still struggle to do business with more 386 PCs and 9.6 kilobit/sec circuits than one can envision after sitting through a high-tech AFCEA briefing in McLean Va.

*The Edmonds exit. Still working through a month of data dumps from my Courthouse Road antenna site but I did pick up solid information that DISA director Lt. Gen. Al Edmonds has set Aug. 1 as his official retirement date. Subtract some accumulated leave and Edmonds could leave as early as July - and no replacement has yet been named.

Very little good intell on an Edmonds successor - so little in fact that folks at Courthouse Road want to know what I know.

*The SBIS shuffle. My WesPac sources tell me that SBIS once again failed to make the cut in next year's Army Prog ram Objective Memorandum.

*DISN and Oprah? According to Col. Rick Lee the Army 1st Signal Brigade has found a unique way to extend DISN to remote bases and camps in South Korea.

Lee said the 1st Signal plans to piggyback DISN on a digital DS-3 network upgrade planned by the Armed Forces Korea Network which broadcasts radio and TV via remote transmitters located throughout the peninsula.

AFKN has the frequencies and the funding Lee explained with DISN taking up about two-thirds of the DS-3 channel space and the AFKN radio and TV programs using the remainder.

Users probably will have to be real careful with their remote controls.

*A big mahalo. To Adm. Archie Clemins the CINCPACFLT not only for his insights into IT but also his understanding that for an old jarhead a return to WesPac after 32 years amounts to far more than a business trip. Thanks to his superb PAO staff - Capt. Keith Arterburn and Chief Chris McIntire - for making it all happen.

Mahalo also to Capt. Julie Keesli ng Cmdr. Mark Jensen and Lt. Cmdr. Chris Dour for their hospitality on the USS Blue Ridge and in Australia.

*Well done. To the "Guam IT Musketeers " Cmdr. Will Anderson and Marcial Dumlao of the DISA Guam field office and Lt. Cmdr. Mike Francis COMNAVMAR N6 for demonstrating that DISA and its customers can play well together - as well as for taking on a mission from the heart with true style and grace.

*Semper fi. To Lt. Col. Jerry Baigis on Okinawa for some real "Sands of Iwo Jima" and to Lt. Col. Bill February of 7th Comm - who knew enough to let his enlisted Marines tell the story.

Finally a real "hooah" to Capt. Sonya Edmunds of the 125th Signal in Hawaii a true Renaissance woman and a master parachutist who also knows that an implement is a fork and not a verb.

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