Army

June 14, 2012

Signal Soldiers get linked at NTC in for first deployment

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Staff Sgt. Antwaun J. Parrish
5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Pfc. Zachary Hunsberger loads frequencies in a radio June 4 at the National Training Center. Hunsberger is assigned to 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. The unit is at the NTC preparing for a deployment to Afghanistan this fall.

Lucky to be comfortably doing their job inside air-conditioned trailers, signal Soldiers last week set up communication equipment to support training held in the hot, dry Mojave Desert.

Pfc. Zachary Hunsberger and Pvt. Zachary Price are assigned to 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. Both work as signal support systems specialists and are preparing to go on their first deployment.

The unit’s home base is Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., but Price and Hunsberger recently mobilized to the National Training Center with the 4th SBCT to prepare for deployment this fall.

“I’m excited to go support the unit’s mission to the best of my abilities,” said Hunsberger, a native of Allentown, Pa.

“I have been setting up antennas, which will allow further range communication,” said Price, a native of Hudson, Mich. “I’m just ready to do the training and get prepped for deployment.”

Pfc. Zachary Hunsberger loads frequencies in a radio June 4 at the National Training Center. Hunsberger is assigned to 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. The unit is at the NTC preparing for a deployment to Afghanistan this fall.

As the Soldiers sat in the trailers synching their communications equipment, it may have looked as if they were trying to avoid the blowing whirls of sand across the area. But they were busy doing their prescribed tasks in support of their unit’s training mission here.

Communication keeps all the moving parts of the training mission linked, as units will be spread throughout several operating bases in the desert. For new Soldiers, such as Hunsberger and Price, it’s important that they are as proficient as possible in order to keep up with the high operating tempo at NTC and, most importantly, while deployed.

Both Soldiers have personal goals they plan to accomplish during their time downrange, to include saving more money.  Price plans on helping his little brother and Hunsberger plans on paying off his debts.

“I plan on buying my brother a car for his birthday when he turns 16,” Price said. “He participates in a lot of sports, so I want him to have his own transportation.”

Although both Soldiers have personal goals they want to achieve, they don’t forget that their unit’s mission is their priority when downrange.

Pvt. Zachary Price (left) and Spc. Timothy Wagooner check the frequency on a radio June 4 at the National Training Center. The Soldiers are assigned to 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. The unit is at the NTC preparing for a deployment to Afghanistan this fall.




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