For­mer Springville res­i­dent pro­vides newtech to sol­diers

Serve Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By Amy Walker, PEO C3T

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.

U.S. Army photo by Lynn Harkins

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.

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