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52nd Combat Communications Squadron reveals its Flexible Communications Package

Photo shows Airmen cutting a ribbon with confetti falling from above.

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- Col. David Hillman, 5th Combat Communication Group commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Tracy Duplantis, 5th CCG superintendent, hold a ribbon for Capt. Adam Frew, 52nd Communications Squadron Flexible Communications Package Team lead, Senior Master Sgt. Justin Gazda, 52nd CBCS Missions Systems Flight chief, to cut during the Flexible Communications Package launch event June 12, 2020. The FCP system can be rapidly deployed in a short notice anywhere in the world and can provide Air Force network access, internet and phone service to approximately 1,000 users. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joseph Mather)

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. --

The 52nd Combat Communications Squadron revealed the Air Force’s first Flexible Communications Package at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, June 12.

Photo shows an Airman working on a laptop next to a stack of boxes with wires coming out.
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. – Staff Sgt. Jacob Rogers, 52nd Combat Communications Squadron Cyber Systems supervisor, configures the Network Control Center Deployed Flexible server with the Flexible Communications Package March 11, 2020, at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. The NCCD Flex is capable of providing Air Force Network Access to 1,000 users. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joseph Mather)
Photo shows an Airman working on a laptop next to a stack of boxes with wires coming out.
52nd Combat Communications Squadron reveals its Flexible Communications Package
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. – Staff Sgt. Jacob Rogers, 52nd Combat Communications Squadron Cyber Systems supervisor, configures the Network Control Center Deployed Flexible server with the Flexible Communications Package March 11, 2020, at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. The NCCD Flex is capable of providing Air Force Network Access to 1,000 users. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joseph Mather)
Photo By: Joseph Mather
VIRIN: 200311-F-ED303-2002
The FCP system can be rapidly deployed in a short notice anywhere in the world. The system can be operated by a 22-person team and can provide Air Force network access, and internet and phone service to approximately 1,000 users.

“Last year we started with a gigantic communications package of nine pallets,” said Capt. Adam Frew, 52nd CBCS Flexible Communications Package Team lead. “The FCP team came together in a huge feat of team work and innovation and got the package down to half the size.”

The older, larger commination package took a C-17 aircraft to move, now the FCP can fit on a C-130, a smaller and more agile aircraft.

“The FCP is a sustainable package that can go anywhere without resources and be set up from scratch,” said Frew. “We will have our own power, heating ventilation and cooling system, and provide satellite communications back to where we need to communicate.”

Photo shows an Airman working on a laptop connected to a tower of communications equipment.
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. – Staff Sgt. Armando Gaona, 52nd Combat Communications Squadron Cyber Transport supervisor, configures a Basic Access Module for the main call process with the Flexible Communications Package March 11, 2020, at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. The configuration will allow phone usage for 300 people. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joseph Mather)
Photo shows an Airman working on a laptop connected to a tower of communications equipment.
52nd Combat Communications Squadron reveals its Flexible Communications Package
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. – Staff Sgt. Armando Gaona, 52nd Combat Communications Squadron Cyber Transport supervisor, configures a Basic Access Module for the main call process with the Flexible Communications Package March 11, 2020, at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. The configuration will allow phone usage for 300 people. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joseph Mather)
Photo By: Joseph Mather
VIRIN: 200311-F-ED303-2001
The FCP system replaces the large and medium communications packages.

“I appreciate the work that has gone into making sure the new modernized equipment can be migrated into our battle flow and battle rhythm,” Lt. Col. Derick Huber, 52nd CBCS commander.

The new smaller FCP allows rapid network, internet and phone service.

“It’s all about size, weight and power,” said Col. David Hillman, 5th Combat Communications Group commander. “If we can get it small enough – if we can reduce that foot print – we can get that much more on an aircraft. This is the future of our community.”

“What a great job, you all are paving the way for the entire global community, making it better for them,” Hillman said at the unveiling. “Thank you, great job, incredible work, keep it up!”