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MCLB now wiring for 21st century

By Pfc. Nicholas Tremblay | | July 6, 2001

With today's constantly improving technology, the Marine Corps networking capabilities became outdated and needed to be improved to keep up with the fast-paced technological world. 

Marine Corps Systems Command recently discovered the need to upgrade the network-wiring infrastructure of all Marine bases, said Capt. Frederick D. Folson, operations officer of the Information Technology Division. To accomplish this, the Marine Corps contracted with American Systems Corporation to install new network wiring on base.

ASC started installing the high-tech wiring system in Bldg. 3700 June 4. Bldgs. 3700, 2200, 2235, 3600, 5500 and 5501 will also be upgraded with the new wiring system. Work on Bldg. 2200 was scheduled to begin around June 11.

ASC officials estimate their part of the project will be completed in September, said Folson.

"As most people know, the bases and their network wiring infrastructure
throughout the Marine Corps are old," said Folson, who went on to explain how the outdated wiring affected base computers.

"The updated technology created a bottleneck in our networking cable infrastructure, causing computers that are capable of [rapid] out-processing to operate slower and inefficiently," said Folson.

"The Marine Corps is upgrading the network wiring to 21st century technology to increase the efficiency and speed of the networks throughout the Marine Corps," said Folson.

The network wire is the blue cord connected to the backs of computers that goes straight into the wall and connects all the computers in an office.

ASC is contracted to take the wiring from the fiber optic backbone on base and install new wiring from that point to a terminating point on the wall, said Folson. That point on the wall is very similar to an electric power-outlet, but instead of plugging in an appliance, the computer will be plugged into it.

A team of Marines led by Staff Sgt. Daryck A. Fickel will complete the work by extending the cable from walls to computers. The work the Marines will do is estimated to be completed in October.

ASC personnel work to install the wiring Mondays through Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and Saturdays and Sundays 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., said Folson.

"Most of the work is being done at night to avoid disturbing base personnel during normal business hours," said Folson.

This project will complete all the wiring upgrades that did not take place two years ago, due to insufficient funds for a similar project, said Folson.

"This upgrade is important for the Marines to keep up with the civilian sector. We need to maintain a certain level of efficiency, and this is one way the Marine Corps plans to do that," said Folson.