NCISG CSEL and 3NSB SEL got a hosted site tour at NATO's CIS Sustainment Support Centre in Brunssum.
Brunssum, 14 November 2019 - The Senior
Enlisted Leader (SEL) of NCIA, SGM Timothy Erskine (US Army) hosted a site tour
of the NATO’s CIS Sustainment Support Centre (CSSC) in Brunssum. The CSSC is an
element of NCIA, and NCISG’s partner in maintenance and support of its Deployed
CIS assets. The CSSC site tour was offered to the NCISG Command Senior Enlisted
Leader (CSEL) CSM Peter Knoeringer (GER Army), and the 3NSB SEL, SGM Martin
Bernath (SVK Army).
The commander of the CSSC allowed the team full
access to the facility and provided subject matter experts to explain how CSSC
provide support to NCISG, and other NATO customers. In the warehouse facility
the process of ordering, collecting, testing, packaging, and transport of
assets was demonstrated. Furthermore it was shown how equipment is prepped for
shipment to NATO Mission in Iraq and Resolute Support, providing the war
fighter with essential communications in support of real world missions.
NCISG’s DCIS assets are subject to
periodical life time enhancing repair, refurbishment, recalibration by
different teams within the CSSC. The maintenance sme, SFC Maldonado explained:
"Equipment moves from one section to the next in preparation for the next
exercise or operation.” Amongst many aspects of that department, the team was
shown exchange kits used by the satellite sites: these help NATO’s Signal Soldiers
to eliminate mission downtime, and provide a flexible way to return equipment,
and keep a readily available supply of calibration equipment on hand.
CSM Carolyn Turell (USA Army), SEL of the 39th
US Signal Battalion also participated, which made this event a comprehensive Senior
Enlisted Leader professional development gathering, and a great opportunity to
gain in depth insight in how the NCIA CSSC facilitates and supports NATO’s
The visiting Senior Enlisted team gets CSSC subject matter expert explanation of the tactical satellite ground terminal maintenance.