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Minnesota National Guard
JCP is critical to the fight

The Minnesota National Guard has deployed each of its two Joint Communications Platforms (JCPs) to assist civil authorities in the Fargo-Moorhead area during flood fighting efforts this week

JCPs are critical for providing military and commercial internet access at the incident command site, said Col William A Hose, chief information officer for the Minnesota National Guard

JCPs also provide IP telephone service, video conferencing, and the ability to conference and connect or bridge multiple telephone and radio systems, said Hose

According to Brian Zastoupil, radio systems coordinator for Red River Regional Dispatch Center, "the JCP will bridge outside civil agencies with local civil and public safety agencies"

"Without this system, bridging unlike radio communications systems together would be impossible," he added

Each JCP also carries generators which provide back-up electrical power if needed

"The JCP has two 20 kilowatt generators capable of generating enough power to run city hall or another essential location," said Staff Sgt Troy Tretter, a communications technician from Joint Force Headquarters in St Paul

For this effort, JCP #1 is currently in use in Moorhead, and JCP #2 is deployed to Crookston

JCP #1 is based in Inver Grove Heights with the 133rd Airlift Wing, while JCP #2 is based out of Duluth with the 148th Fighter Wing

Since they were put in service in 2006, the JCPs have been critical back-up to efforts such as flood relief in the southeast part of the state, providing remote north woods connectivity for annual sled dog races, fighting fires in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, and most recently, providing communications for the Republican National Convention in St Paul last September

To their operators, the effectiveness of the JCPs has clearly been demonstrated

"Within fifteen minutes notification, JCPs can be operational," said Tretter

By Master Sgt Tim Peterson and Spc Thomas Keeler, Minnesota National Guard public affairs
March 27, 2009

Mar 27, 2009 Joint Communications Platforms (JCP) help in Flood Fight 2009 - Low-Res
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