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PD DWTS wows STEM students with latest in wireless technology and satellite communications

By PM DCATS Public Affairs

LTC Etienne shows students at Hammond Middle School some of the Army's satellite communications capabilities.
LTC Etienne shows students at Hammond Middle School some of the Army's satellite communications capabilities.

On Saturday, March 15, 2014, LTC Jeff Etienne, Project Director, Defense Wide Transmission Systems (DWTS), and other members of the DWTS organization participated in an Emerging Young Leaders Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Leadership Summit at Francis C. Hammond Middle School in Alexandria, Va.

PD DWTS is responsible for life cycle management of major defense terrestrial and Satellite Communications (SATCOM) programs. LTC Etienne, along with Mr. Michael Kane and Mr. Michael Walker, also of DWTS, provided students with the opportunity to experience hands-on the Combat Service Support Automated Information Systems Interface (CAISI) and, the CSS Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) functionality. Students were allowed to access email and websites and make phone calls to a network operation center using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).

Sponsored by the Psi Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., this event promoted leadership skills, character building and learning in STEM disciplines. One hundred and twenty students and thirty-five parents attended the all-day event. Ms. Andrea Sparks-Brown, Hammond Middle School principal, deemed the STEM Day “a very successful event. The students were engaged and intrigued with what the exhibitors had to offer.”

Posted March 21, 2014