Home : Media : News : News Article View

747th Communications Squadron, Connecting People and Mission

By Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman | 15th Wing Public Affairs | Feb. 8, 2019

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii -- Communication and technology is the fulcrum of daily operations. Not a duty day goes by that the 747th Communications Squadron does not have a hand in the mission. From connecting people across the Indo-Pacific, to ensuring the systems we use day-in and day-out are operational, the 747th CS network infrastructure team turns the motto, “No Comm, No Bomb,” into a reality.

“Whether it’s trouble shooting computers that are not working or pulling up the network when it goes down, we are constantly working on keeping the network up and running,” said Staff Sgt. Daniel McGowan, 747th CS network infrastructure specialist. “If I don’t do my job right the base goes down and communication can halt.”

The network infrastructure team not only provides NIPR and SIPR networks, but also ensures their reliability to the 15th Wing and 14 other geographically separated units. The 747th CS enables Airmen to do their jobs by providing and ensuring Airmen have internet access and are able to access critical communications services.

However, with the information technology enterprise constantly moving forward and evolving, being responsible for every computer’s access to the internet and connectivity with other programs often becomes a challenge.

“When the Juniper System was installed, the 15th Maintenance Group was locked out of their system and could not access their work orders,” said McGowan. “With a little ingenuity we were able to track down and trouble shoot the problem to help restore flight line maintenance operations.”

Despite some operational setbacks, thanks to the efforts by the 747th CS the 15th WG is able to employ one of the more advanced information technology networks.

“The Defense Information Systems Agency is constantly upgrading and this base was one of the first to receive a new IT management software and monitoring system,” said McGowan. “Thanks to the new tools we employ here, we are automatically notified when a section’s network goes down and can implement corrective actions, sometimes before the user realizes they’ve lost connectivity.”

Having a reliable connection allows everyone on base to communicate with one another, and allows Airmen to focus on and execute their missions here at the 15th Wing and across the Indo-Pacific region.

Like Us
Follow Us



USAF, JGSDF Conduct Jump Training, Strengthen Yokota Interoperability
A Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldier assigned to the 1st Airborne Brigade is ready to jump from a U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules from the 36th Airlift Squadron over Hiju-dai exercise area, Oita prefecture, Japan, July 16, 2019. The training allows USAF and JGSDF units to work alongside each other while improving the readiness of our armed forces.
July 19, 2019 - YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- Since the exercise Keen Sword 19 last year, Airmen from the 374th

USS Stethem Arrives at New San Diego Homeport
The guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63) arrives in San Diego, where she will be homeported and undergo her midlife modernization. Stethem arrives in San Diego following 14 years of forward-deployed service in the Indo-Pacific region operating from Japan.
July 19, 2019 - SAN DIEGO -- The guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63) arrived at its new homeport, Naval

ROK Army Delegation Visits 8th TSC for Logistics Coordination Council
A delegation from the Republic of Korea Army tour the Logistical Support Vessel 2, CW3 Harold C Clinger on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a capabilities brief as part of a Logistics Coordination Council July 16 hosted by the 8th Theater Sustainment Command, The LCC provided an opportunity for both armies to gain a better understanding of each other's sustainment capabilities and also demonstrates the strong U.S. and ROK alliance and friendship. (Photo by Staff Sgt. John Portela)
July 19, 2019 - JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR HICKAM, Hawaii -- A delegation from the Republic of Korea Army visited the

National Guard Rescue Team Saves Two Hikers at Penguin Peak
Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska - A pararescueman with the Alaska Air National Guard's 212th Rescue Squadron assesses an injured hiker inside an Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter after two hikers were hoisted off of an Alaskan mountain, July 17, 2019. One of the hikers was injured after falling about 30 feet from a ridge into a saddle, and was unable to walk.
July 19, 2019 - JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- The Alaska National Guard, in a joint effort between the

U.S. Servicemen Killed During Battle of Tarawa to be Returned to United States
U.S. service members from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), U.S. Marine Corps Forces,  Pacific (MARFORPAC), and guests stand as “Taps” is played during an honorable carry for the possible remains of unidentified service members lost in the Battle of Tarawa during WWII conducted by DPAA and MARFORPAC at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, July 17, 2019. The remains were recently recovered from the Republic of Kiribati by History Flight, a DPAA partner organization, and will be accessioned into DPAA's laboratory facility in Hawaii to begin the identification process in support of DPAA's mission to provide the fullest possible accounting for our missing personnel to their families and the nation. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jacqueline Clifford/Released)
July 18, 2019 - WASHINGTON -- The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announces that the remains of at least 22