U.S. Army equips first unit with new tactical media kits
The U.S. Army is fielding modern, standardized media kits to its tactical Public Affairs and Visual Information Soldiers to improve capabilities, save money and reduce logistical tasks.
According to Dan Lafontaine, PEO C3T Public Affairs, soldiers from the 55th Signal Company (Combat Camera) at Fort Meade, Maryland, received 13 Tactical Digital Media, or TDM, kits in July, marking them as the first unit equipped with the new package.
“This kit will allow us to exceed customers’ expectations and set a new standard in our career field,” said Staff Sgt. Pedro Garcia Bibian, 3rd Platoon Sergeant, who has worked on the TDM project since testing kicked off in October 2017 at Aberdeen Proving Ground.
“I have used this equipment in the extreme cold weather of Alaska, and the system performed above my expectations; the production quality improved drastically compared with our old kits,” he said. “This gives us the ability to stay up to date in the [Visual Information] field and enables us to transmit our message to the public a lot faster.”
TDM kits will enable Public Affairs and Visual Information Soldiers to gather, process and deliver digital audio, imagery and video files through kits composed of digital multimedia cameras, video-editing equipment, laptops, lighting, night-vision devices and audio gear. The TDM laptops are approved to operate on unclassified and classified Army computing networks. This step will be a significant milestone for these career fields, as connecting photo and video equipment to Army networks is not currently permitted because of security concerns.
Kyle Perkins has managed the acquisition, procurement, testing and fielding of the TDM kits for Army Project Manager Mission Command.
“The most satisfying aspect of managing this program has been working directly with the Soldiers who will operate the equipment and designing a system to meet their needs,” Perkins said.
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