Fort Stewart hosts technology expo

Fort Stewart hosts technology expo

Sgt. Ryan Tatum

50th PAD

Photo by Sgt. Ryan Tatum

Sgt. Karl Vanderzyl, a network operator for 1ABCT, takes notes about a new radio system which an industry member is showcasing as part of the third annual military technology expo Oct. 10, at Club Stewart on Fort Stewart.

Soldiers and civilians across Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield attended the third annual Military Technology Expo at Club Stewart, Oct. 10.

The tech expo was an opportunity for industries to showcase their different products and services. This event is held every year during the month of October by the Southeast Region Network Enterprise Center.

The tech companies informed Soldiers and civilians on how the updates would work on the communication systems.

During the event, Emilee Leichman, a senior event manager for National Conference Services Inc., explained what Soldiers and civilians should expect at the event.

“The technology company representatives from Perkins Technical Service, Panasonic and Collins Aerospace, showcased tactical equipment while other representatives focused on network system compatibility, information technology, schools and media conference equipment,” said Leichman. “This event was important for all servicemembers because they gained knowledge on latest technology systems for their units.”

Sgt. Karl Vanderzyl, a network operator from 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, attended the technology expo for the first time and he wanted to gain knowledge on the new systems to help improve his work environment.

 “It was a great opportunity to create points of contact in case there were a problem with the new equipment that we may potentially get,” said Vanderzyl. “The most interesting thing from the technology expo was the Tactical Radio Expeditionary Kit (E-Kit) designed created by Perkins Technical Service.”

The E-Kit is designed to be a standalone radio system with its own power supply capable of lasting for three days and a radio mount capable to support Army’s various and radio satellite communication systems. E-Kit has made it easier to set-up the antenna for communications, the new integrated mass antenna can be set-up, broken down in five minutes and rolled up in cylinder for quick and easy storage.

“The overall achievements of the technology expo were to give Soldiers and civilians a better understanding on how technology will be used in the communication field. The tech expo event was to inform the installation on how to Network Enterprise Center works,” said Leichman. “It was a great opportunity to see how Soldiers and civilians worked with the tech expo.”

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