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June 28, 2007

Americus -- The U-S Air Force and the Royal Air Force have to come together in Americus to improve communications.  Robins Air Force Base is the home of the United Architecture exercise designed to make America and Britain more technologically comparable.

Walking through the premises, you would think this was an actual military base. "Breakfast, you eat breakfast there, lunch there, dinner there. You also take your showers there," Communications Officer Lt. Alan Frasier said.

But this all for training. "This is the first time we have done an exercise this large outside where everyone stays here, and we have groups that work 12 hour shifts and 12 hour shifts," said Frasier.

The 5th Combat Communications group is participating in a joint coalition exercise with the Royal Air force from Britain in Americus. "We have never done an exercise this large. All of our exercises have been behind a building setting up communications," said Frasier.

Communications is the sole purpose for this set-up. The two groups have worked together to come up with a way to make American and British communication tools compatible. "Our two different countries both have different ways of doing something and we are trying to come together and figure out how we can both do it together," said Frasier.

The new satellite technology allows the US and UK to make their equipment compatible so that they can communicate out in the field.

Those part of the training enjoy it. "This is the first time I have been away. Its a great experience to see how they do things," said Royal Air Force TWC Sac Milward. US Air Force Engineer Joey Manning agrees. "This exercise is really a treat because we also get to work with the Royal Air Force in the same situation."

Overall this project is helping bring two countries together on the Global War on Terrorism. The United Architecture '07 exercise will be torn down Friday. The exercises completed in the past two weeks will be evaluated to see where improvements can be made in the communication efforts.

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