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Connecting the fight

Three Airman stand in a brand new building

Tech. Sgt. John Boyden, 407th Expeditionary Communications Squadron project manager, Col. Scott Gibson, 407th Air Expeditionary Group commander, and Maj. Mary Kuconis, 407th ECS commander, visit a newly constructed building, July 18, 2018, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. The new building will house vital components which help the 407th ECS provide unrivaled installation support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kenneth Boyton)

Two Airmen look at a small wire

Tech. Sgt. Richard Gettis, 407th Expeditionary Communications Squadron NCO in charge of cable and antenna maintenance, shows Col. Scott Gibson, 407th Air Expeditionary Group commander, a stripped fiber optic cable, July 18, 2018, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. Gettis explained that the cable can transmit large amounts of data instantaneously, an attribute vital to the 407th AEG’s sustainment of combat airpower across the Levant. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kenneth Boyton)

An Airman digs a hole in the sand with a pick axe

Col. Scott Gibson, 407th Air Expeditionary Group commander, helps dig a trench, July 18, 2018, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. After digging out a trench, a cable will be buried to help prevent possible damage to the wires. The 407th Expeditionary Communications Squadron provided leadership with a hands-on look into the squadron's daily operations, enhancing their understanding of the unit's mission capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kenneth Boyton)

Two Airman place a cable in a hole in the ground

Col. Scott Gibson, 407th Air Expeditionary Group commander, watches Tech. Sgt. Richard Gettis, 407th Expeditionary Communications Squadron NCO in charge of cable and antenna maintenance, bury a cable during a base familiarization tour, July 18, 2018, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. Gibson, along with other members of base leadership, helped dig the trench which will conceal and protect the cable. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kenneth Boyton)

Airmen cover a cable with dirt

Airmen from the 407th Expeditionary Communications Squadron cover a cable in a trench, July 18, 2018, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. Burying cables can help prevent damage, and can be a potential safety hazard if left above ground. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kenneth Boyton)

Two Airmen connect wires together

Senior Airman Julian Hamner, 407th Expeditionary Communications Squadron cable and antenna technician, watches as Col. Scott Gibson, 407th Air Expeditionary Group commander, sets a stripped fiber optic into a machine, July 18, 2018, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. The 407th ECS provided leadership with a hands-on look into the squadron's daily operations enhancing their understanding of the unit's mission capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kenneth Boyton)

An airman cuts a wire with scissors

Col. Scott Gibson, 407th Air Expeditionary Group commander, stripes the plastic off of a fiber optic cable, July 18, 2018, at an undisclosed location in South West Asia. Gibson stripped, set and melted wires together during a familiarization tour of the 407th Expeditionary Communications Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kenneth Boyton)