BY WAYNE CRENSHAW

Air Force combat communications specialists from around the country are at Robins Air Force Base this week training to do their jobs while using smaller equipment.

The 5th Combat Communications Group at Robins, commonly known as the 5th Mob, is hosting a joint exercise among active duty, guard and reserve troops from nearly every combat communications unit in the Air Force. They are learning how to use new equipment that does the same job while taking up less space, said Col. David Hillman, the group commander.
The 5th Mob is the only active duty combat communications unit in the Air Force. About 120 airmen total are involved in the 2-week exercise.

“This is a chance for them to see some of that equipment they will be getting this year, as well as, looking at how we can reduce the footprint of our equipment so that we can use less power and we can get out the door quicker, and still meet the warfighter’s requirements as broadly as possible,” Hillman said.

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