Minot technical control facility wins DoD award
By Senior Airman Danny Monahan , Minot Air Force Base Public Affairs
/ Published September 21, 2006
MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. --
Recently, the Airmen of the 5th Communications Squadron technical control facility won the 2005 Defense Information Systems Agency Outstanding Global Information Grid Facility of the Year Award.
Each year, DISA recognizes the outstanding achievements of the individuals working in GIG facilities for their management and control of communications and computer networks and coordination of all external command and control connectivity.
The Minot technical control facility competed against 194 other Department of Defense agencies to come out on top.
"We are honored to be recognized," said 1st Lt. Adam Lange, 5th CS Network Control Center chief. "This award exemplifies the dedication, pride, training and leadership demonstrated by the men and women who maintain and operate this facility on a day-to-day basis."
One attribute making the Minot technical control facility stand out is the ability to support two wings. The center supports the 5th Bomb Wing and 91st Space Wing facilities, including 15 remote missile alert facilities, and maintains Minot's $22.5 million network weapon system, which provides communication connectivity for 6,300 users. The center also keeps Minot's network online with an uptime rate of 99.8 percent, surpassing the Air Combat Command standard of 99.5 percent.
"This award is a big deal because it singles out Minot Air Force Base as the number one global information Grid facility in the continental U.S.," said Staff Sgt. Jimmy Campbell, 5th CS Minot technical control facility NCO in charge. "Not only are we the best in Air Force, but the entire Department of Defense."