Cable Dawgs keep up communication

Tech. Sgt. Ryan Trandell, 36th Communications Squadron cable and antenna maintenance shop Cable Dawgs technician, works on telephone wire inside the cable vault on Andersen Air Force Base Nov. 19. The Cable Dawgs are responsible for maintaining more than 33,000 feet of copper lines and 97 fiber-optic cables on Andersen. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Wiseman

Cable Dawgs keep up communication

by: Airman 1st Class Mariah Haddenham
36th Wing Public Affairs
published: December 03, 2012
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ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE -The 36th Communications Squadron's cable and antenna maintenance working group, also known as "Cable Dawgs," resolve project installation conflicts by interpreting technical instruction manuals, drawings and diagrams, keeping Team Andersen connected to the rest of the world.

The Cable Dawgs' job differs from what people may believe most communications Airmen do.

"We do not fix computers or printers," said Staff Sgt. Kylie Herron, 36th CS cable and antenna maintenance shop technician. "We cannot reset passwords or unblock your favorite website. We dig trenches three feet deep, using only shovels, to bury our cables."

The Cable Dawgs are responsible for maintaining more than 33,000 feet of copper lines and 97 fiber-optic cables. Every building on Andersen with a telephone or computer connects through lines maintained and marked by the Cable Dawgs.

"We install, splice, test and repair both copper and fiber-optic cables," said Tech. Sgt. Ryan Trandell, 36th CS cable and antenna maintenance shop technician. "We also provide the base with voice, data and navigational paths."

Additionally, it is the Cable Dawgs' responsibility to validate civil engineer digging requests. This includes reviewing and evaluating projected communicating cable system installations for new and renovated facilities.

"We work on the lines that come into the building and all the lines that run through desks," said Sergeant Herron. "Before any of the contractors on base start digging, we go out and mark the site. This helps avoid cables being accidentally cut."

Protecting the base's cable structure from accidental cuts and maintaining the underground lines on a constant basis helps keep the backbone of communications at Andersen strong and functional.

"What we do helps everyone on base communicate," said Sergeant Trandell. "Whether it's to tell the refueling truck their aircraft is on the ground or for the air traffic control tower communicating with aircraft, without our infrastructure, communication would become very difficult."

By maintaining the lines of communication, may they be copper or fiber-optic, 36th CS Cable Dawgs keep Team Andersen connected to the Pacific Air Forces and the rest of the world.