Citadel Rumble Communications Drill - West Coast #emcomm

Jef - N5JEF

This news might be of interest to those of you concerned with emergency communications.
From the Winlink site:

- Jef

Citadel Rumble Communications Drill - West Coast

Photo being displayed.........(U.S. Navy Photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist John Pearl/Released)

SAN DIEGO NNS (August 06, 2019) Gary Ashbury and Mike Bradbury of Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) test HAM and Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) capabilities during Citadel Rumble 2019 at Navy Medicine West (NMW). Over a two-day period, NMW conducted emergency communication checks with Naval Hospital Bremerton (NHB), Naval Health Clinic Oak Harbor, U.S. Naval Hospital Yokosuka, U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, and U.S. Naval Hospital Guam. Citadel Rumble is an annual training exercise designed to increase Navy preparedness in response to disasters that may occur in accordance to response plans that are in place.

Unmentioned in the news story but deserving great thanks are the volunteers who keep the global Winlink radio system functioning 24/7 and who keep the software up-to-date across platforms.

We are still collecting a list of lessons learned from the exercise yesterday, and a few of the lessons learned might become new steps in the telnet desktop drill planned for September to rehearse for the November hospital drill.

The RF side of the drill went smoothly. We operated four Winlink stations simultaneously (3 VHF + one HF) with minimum mutual interference. This was the second year that we participated in Citadel Rumble with the Navy Medical focus being an earthquake scenario north of Seattle affecting a Naval Air Station.