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18th CS assembles a VSAT satellite.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Monica Batiste, U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Benjamin Braund and U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Manenita Matanguihan, radio frequency transmission systems technicians with the 18th Communications Squadron, unload parts of a Very Small Aperture Terminal satellite at Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 5, 2021. Radio frequency transmission systems technicians are able to log into networks with VSATs and get internet access where needed. In using VSATs, the Radio Frequency Transmission Systems work center personnel supports agile combat employment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Yosselin Perla)

18th CS assembles a VSAT satellite.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Benjamin Braund, a radio frequency transmission systems technician with the 18th Communications Squadron, adjusts the modem of a Very Small Aperture Terminal satellite at Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 5, 2021. A satellite modem is used to establish data transfers using communication satellites as a relay. A satellite modem’s main function is to transform an input bitstream to a radio signal and vice versa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Yosselin Perla)

18th CS assembles a VSAT satellite.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Benjamin Braund and U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Manenita Matanguihan, both radio frequency transmission systems technicians with the 18th Communications Squadron, handle a Very Small Aperture Terminal satellite transceiver at Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 5, 2021. A transceiver has a transmitter and receiver built into one unit. The transceiver converts a band of frequencies from an intermediate frequency to a higher frequency and transmits the converted and amplified signal to the satellite. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Yosselin Perla)

18th CS assembles a VSAT satellite.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Manenita Matanguihan and U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Benjamin Braund, radio frequency transmission systems technicians with the 18th Communications Squadron, mount an antenna to a Very Small Aperture Terminal satellite at Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 5, 2021. Radio frequency communications involves transmitting a wireless signal to an antenna which is tuned to a specific frequency so it receives only the desired signal. Communication is essential in supporting base operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Yosselin Perla)

18th CS assembles a VSAT satellite.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Monica Batiste, U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Benjamin Braund and U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Manenita Matanguihan, radio frequency transmission systems technicians with the 18th Communications Squadron, mount dish petals to a Very Small Aperture Terminal satellite at Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 5, 2021. The Radio Frequency Transmission Systems work center personnel also maintains the four Geostationary Meteorological satellite antennas on Kadena. These antennas help weather forecasters keep up-to-date satellite information for forecasting purposes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Yosselin Perla)

18th CS assembles a VSAT satellite.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Manenita Matanguihan and U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Benjamin Braund, radio frequency transmission systems technicians with the 18th Communications Squadron, connect the wiring of a Very Small Aperture Terminal satellite at Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 5, 2021. The Radio Frequency Transmission Systems work center personnel consistently practices setting up VSATs to ensure they’re functioning properly. They perform any kind of troubleshooting necessary to get the VSATs in working order. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Yosselin Perla)

18th CS assembles a VSAT satellite.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Manenita Matanguihan, U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Benjamin Braund and U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Monica Batiste, radio frequency transmission systems technicians with the 18th Communications Squadron, boot the system of a Very Small Aperture Terminal satellite after assembly at Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 5, 2021. The VSAT satellite is controlled through the laptop. Radio frequency transmission systems personnel install and maintain RF transmitters, antennas, tuners and other communications devices, including those used for satellites and encryptions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Yosselin Perla)

18th CS assembles a VSAT satellite.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Manenita Matanguihan, U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Monica Batiste and U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Benjamin Braund, radio frequency transmission systems technicians with the 18th Communications Squadron, disassemble a Very Small Aperture Terminal satellite at Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 5, 2021. Portable VSATs can be used with communication flyaway kits. This particular VSAT is lightweight and is easy to assemble and disassemble with no additional tools required. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Yosselin Perla)

18th CS assemble a VSAT satellite.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Manenita Matanguihan, U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Monica Batiste and U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Benjamin Braund, radio frequency transmission systems technicians with the 18th Communications Squadron, walk toward their shop after packing up a Very Small Aperture Terminal satellite at Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 5, 2021. The Radio Frequency Transmission Systems work center personnel is also responsible for providing public address support for different events throughout the base. They support Kadena’s mission by keeping operational communications smooth. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Yosselin Perla)

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