MARS Concludes Nation-wide Communications Exercise

Army MARS members from across the United States just completed a challenging 24 hour training exercise supporting a larger Department of Defense Communications Exercise. Joined by MARS members from the other MARS Services, this exercise challenged the MARS community with sending military standard message traffic to every region across the US. A new requirement for this exercise was to demonstrate interoperability with the Department of Homeland Security SHAred RESources High Frequency Network at both the Region and National level.

MARS members commented on the challenging propagation conditions throughout the exercise but labored on using multiple relay stations in order to pass the required traffic to all destinations.

Thanks to all who trained during this exercise; we hope you found this event both challenging and rewarding. Now it is time to get some rest and hopefully listen to something in lieu of the HF static crashes from the last 24 hours!