Kentucky Army National Guard Public Affairs Office
Kentucky National Guard to showcase new communications equipment

Press Release Date:  Thursday, July 20, 2006  
Contact Information:  Sgt. Gina Vaile 502-607-1186, cell 502-229-3288  


WHO: The Kentucky National Guard
WHAT: Communications training exercise
WHEN: 9 a.m. Friday July 21, 2006
WHERE: Emergency Operations Center parking lot, Boone National Guard Center, Frankfort, Ky.

FRANKFORT, Ky. – In recognition for its service during Hurricane Katrina, the Kentucky National Guard has been selected to receive one of the US military’s newest communications systems.  Termed the Joint Incident Site Communications Capability (JISCC), the system will be showcased in a training exercise tomorrow, Friday July 21, 2006 at Boone National Guard Center (BNGC). The exercise will begin at 9 a.m.

Interested media are invited to BNGC in Frankfort to observe new system in action.

Kentucky is in the forefront of the new technology, according to Gil Armendariz, owner of SyTech, the company that created the system.  “Kentucky is one of only six states with this technology, and the Kentucky National Guard has three systems that will establish communication anywhere in the world.”

The system was created post Hurricane Katrina, to establish communication between local, state and federal agencies in the midst of a natural disaster. Using satellites, the system can link those agencies together with internet, phone, radio, and Video Teleconferencing (VTC) capabilities.

“After the Kentucky National Guard’s performance during Hurricane Katrina, it was established that we would receive three systems and become primary responders to the 10 hurricane prone states,” said Col. Rod Hayes, Director of Information Technology for the Kentucky National Guard.

“This is a phenomenal benefit to the Commonwealth of Kentucky because we now have the most technologically advanced emergency communications capabilities on call to respond to natural disasters such as tornadoes or floods here and hurricanes that affect our sister states,” he said.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Interested media should arrive on Boone National Guard Center no later than 9 a.m. Proper identification is needed to gain access to BNGC.