Last month our parent company Intelsat sponsored the satcom training program at Pacific Endeavor 2012, a workshop that includes governments and non-governmental organizations that operate in the Asia-Pacific region. The international event builds partnerships between militaries and international non-governmental organizations.
U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM) organized the event so participating nations could learn from and teach each other disaster communications programs and procedures, as well as exercise best practices during emergency response. Twenty-two nations participated this year in exercises held at Changi Naval Base in Singapore.
The event included a satellite communications-specific program, Satcom Endeavor, during which the Global VSAT forum (GVF) led a two-day, hands-on training workshop to certify students in the installation and maintenance of Very Small Aperture Terminals, or VSATs. Here’s an excellent video that discusses the training, courtesy of the Defense Video and Imagery Distribution Network (DVIDS):
“This equipment needs trained personnel, and pre-deployed operators can make a huge difference during disasters,” said Steve Birnbaum, Chair, Humanitarian Assistance & Disaster Response Programs of the GVF told SATCOM Frontier. “15 students were certified in just two days, passing a rigorous Hand On Skills Test. They can now return to their home countries and help groom the next generation of first responder VSAT installers.”
Intelsat and GVF shared the cost of the training courses for 25 students from the Asia-Pacific region. Intelsat also provided bandwidth on the Intelsat 22 satellite that allowed the students to demonstrate their abilities to correctly install the antennas without creating interference.