Wireless Quality-of-Life Improvement

Airmen who operate in the unclassified area of the nation’s ICBM facilities got a quality-of-life boost with the addition of wireless connectivity so that they may use their personal electronic devices in their free time, announced Air Force Global Strike Command on Monday. “With the understanding that this WiFi project is the Global Strike commander’s number one quality-of-life priority, we worked relentlessly to deliver WiFi capability to the topside of the [missile alert facilities],” said Maj. Scott Papineau, the command’s communications plans and policies branch chief. The airmen who work in these remote facilities are deployed for three or four days at a time and have endured a lack of connectivity for their personal devices. Now that the WiFi connectivity is in place, the next phase “will be to make it an even better, ‘Starbucks-like’ experience by increasing the bandwidth and extending the access range,” said A. G. Hatcher, AFGSC’s director of communications. (See also New Nuke Incentives Announced.)