2d MLG HomeHiddenNews
2nd Marine Logistics Group News Search
2nd Marine Logistics Group News
Photo Information

Marines from Communications Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, set up the fairly new M142C radio attached to the Tactical Elevated Antennae Mast System antenna during a training exercise held aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 17, 2010. The M142C radio can send up to 16,000 times more data than the older M142A. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Meghan J. Canlas)

Photo by Cpl. Meghan J. Canlas

Logistics Marines reach new heights with improved radio

19 Mar 2010 | Cpl. Meghan J. Canlas

In 1899 when Guglielmo Marconi sent the letter “S” across the English Channel in one of the first instances of wireless communication, he did so by using a directional antenna that sent data similar to Morse code.

Little did he know that in just over 100 years, 16 megabytes of data would be sent over radio waves with the Marine Corps newest radio system - M142C radio.

To increase their level of knowledge with this equipment, the Marines of Radio Platoon, Communications Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, trained with the radio system, March 17-18, in preparation for future deployments.

The M142A, predecessor to the M142C, was only able to pass 576 kilobytes of data, a huge difference compared to 16 megabytes, said Sgt John D. Benson, radio supervisor, Radio Platoon.  

"During combat deployments there are forward operating bases and combat outposts that need services to communicate to the main base.  This system provides the capability to do that," he said.

The M142C radio system comes in vehicle and trailer variants, and was attached to the Tactical Elevated Antennae Mast System, which can reach a height of 112 feet. 

“The antenna is really good for training here on base because it can reach above the trees,” said Benson.  “It could also be used in the mountainous terrain of Afghanistan.”

Sgt. Cory D. Taylor, a multi-channel radio supervisor with Comm. Company, Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, helped train the Marines, who have little experience with the new system.

“From setting up to tearing down, practice makes perfect,” said Taylor, who has 10 months of experience with the radio.  “The Marines are learning very quickly.  Even from just watching how to [set the system up,] they knew what to do.”

Taylor said even though he is with a different command, the top priority was training the Marines regardless of what unit they were with.

“The goal is to teach the Marines how to properly and safely set-up out here, so they can learn from their mistakes and know how to correctly do it [in the future]” he said.  “It doesn’t matter what unit I’m with, we are one team, one fight.”


Comments

Welcome to the 2d MLG's Official Page. We strive to provide our audience with perspective on unit and Marine Corps news and information while maintaining an issue driven, principle based and audience focused conversation online.

While this is an open forum, it's also a family friendly one, so please keep that in mind when posting comments. In addition to keeping it family friendly, we ask that you follow our posting guidelines listed below. Comments and posts that do not follow these guidelines will be removed:

-We do not allow graphic, obscene, explicit or racial comments or submissions nor do we allow comments that are abusive, hateful or intended to defame anyone or any organization.

-We do not allow solicitations or advertisements. This includes promotion or endorsement of any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency. Similarly, we do not allow attempts to defame or defraud any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency.

-We do not allow comments that suggest or encourage illegal activity.

-Apparent spam will be removed and may cause the author(s) to be blocked from the page without notice.

-You participate at your own risk, taking personal responsibility for your comments, your username and any information provided.

- For Official Use Only (FOUO), classified, pre-decisional, proprietary or business-sensitive information should never be discussed here. Don't post personnel lists, rosters, organization charts or directories. This is a violation of privacy.

The appearance of external links on this site does not constitute official endorsement on behalf of the U.S. Marine Corps or Department of Defense.

You are encouraged to quote, republish or share any content on this site on your own blog, Web site or other communication/publication. If you do so, please credit the command or the person who authored the content as a courtesy.

Semper Fidelis.

Resources

Click for COVID-19 InformationReport Suspicious ActivityDStress Hotline