Former Springville resident provides newtech to soldiers
Former Springville resident Lt. Col. Joel Babbitt, outgoing product manager for the Army’s Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) Increment 1 program, has brought several of today’s advanced commercial technologies, such as secure in-flight Internet and Command Post Wireless capabilities, to the battlefield.
These new capabilities greatly increase throughput to bandwidth hungry forces; help extend network communications to forward operating bases and small teams; and reduce size, weight and power to
increase the agility, versatility and expeditionary nature of a new and evolving Army. He did this while also handling the rigorous demands of the traditional WIN-T Increment program.
“In my three years in charge of WIN-T Increment 1, we’ve gone from finishing out the fielding of this network to evolving the network and making it a platform for innovation,” Babbitt said. “It’s been an incredible experience, and I am proud to have had the opportunity to help provide these critical technologies to our forces.”
Babbitt lived in Springville for 11 years, wrestled on the high school team for three years, was lead trumpet in band, and was involved in multiple clubs and school activities. He graduated from Springville High School and LDS Seminary in 1989. From there he accepted a scholarship to Kemper Military Junior College and went on a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Santiago, Chile. He earned a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Brigham Young University and went on active duty in the Army in 1995.
Babbitt passed the WIN-T Increment 1 program to the incoming PdM, Lt. Col. Mark Henderson during an official change of charter ceremony on July 17 in the Myer Auditorium at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. PM WIN-T is assigned to the Program Executive Office for Command, Control, Communications-Tactical. In his next assignment, Babbitt will serve as product manager for Wideband Enterprise Satellite Systems while assigned to the Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems in Fort Belvoir, Va.
“Joel is an innovative leader who has earned the trust of the Army’s senior leadership because of his ability to deliver critical mission command capabilities on time,” said Col. Ed Swanson, former project manager for WIN-T, who hosted the change of charter ceremony.
Supporting forces domestically and worldwide, WIN-T Increment 1, the Army’s at-the-halt expeditionary network, provides a full range of data, voice and video communications to units at the battalion level and above. WIN-T is the backbone of the Army’s tactical communications network. Babbitt’s extensive acquisition expertise was instrumental in enabling WIN-T Increment 1 to receive a Full Material Release in December 2013.
To support changing mission requirements and network modernization efforts, he successfully executed the extensive WIN- T Increment 1b upgrade, which is nearly complete through the current force, to improve the security and effi ciency of the network and enhance interoperability with the mobile WIN- T Increment 2 network. Babbitt extended the WIN- T Increment 1b upgrades to the fi ve strategically located worldwide WIN- T Regional Hub Nodes, which are also being equipped with new commercial Internet capabilities to improve civil support communications for natural disasters and other incidents.
Just like most American homes are shedding cables in favor of wireless technologies, Babbitt also introduced Wi-Fi and 4G LTE to command posts to improve the agility of Army forces.
Lt. Col. Joel Babbitt (left), outgoing product manager for Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) Increment 1, receives the Meritorious Service Medal, from Col. Ed Swanson (right), former project manager for WIN-T, during an official change of charter ceremony in the Myer Auditorium at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., on July 17.