Magazine article Army Reserve Magazine

Fort Bliss: A Perfect Fit for Signal Training

Magazine article Army Reserve Magazine

Fort Bliss: A Perfect Fit for Signal Training

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Fort Bliss, Texas - It's larger than every military installation in Georgia combined. In fact, it's one of the largest training installations in the United States. It's Fort Bliss, Texas, and after a four-year absence, it's the site for another round of signal training as part of Roving Sands 2005. So what makes this base so great for signal? It's simple... location, location, location!

The large training grounds of Fort Bliss occupy some one-million plus square miles and extend well into nearby New Mexico. This allows signal assets plenty of elbow room to spread out and test their communication links. Bliss' proximity to other regional installations also allows signal planners the opportunity to simulate links as if they were on the battlefield.

The 335th Theater Signal Command, located in East Point, Ga., has participated in Roving Sands for many years. The command continues its theater mission in Iraq and Afghanistan by providing the largest tactical telecommunications grid in the history of warfare.

Planners say the return of Roving Sands gives the command the chance to continue its branch partnership with the Air Defense Artillery (ADA), based on Fort Bliss.

"It's mutually enhanced training," said LTC Janice Haigler, Roving Sands deputy G-6. …

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