Federal 100: Capt. Martin M. Minnich

Capt. Martin M. Minnich
Communications Officer
Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan
U.S. Marine Corps

The work: Rebuilding an advanced communications system in just six hours to support relief efforts after the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan last year.

The impact: The network made it possible for base commanders to fully manage the dissemination of information and emergency response in the first critical days of the disaster.

The nuts and bolts: Just a week before the earthquake, Minnich had finished updating and expanding the base’s infrastructure using computer equipment retrofitted from Iraq and southwest Asia. Those upgrades, done on a very tight budget, proved to be invaluable to the disaster response efforts.

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Brian Robinson is a freelance writer based in Portland, Ore.

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