Job Description: The S6 Trainer/Mentor shall Train, Advise, Assist, and Mentor (TAAM) the SMW Special Operations Advisory Team (SOAT) in various locations in Afghanistan on all aspects related to communications planning and implementation in the Tactical Operations Center. The S6 trainer will also train the Squadron S6 in the additional task to lead and manage the Signal Platoon for the purpose of establishing reliable and redundant radio communications to higher headquarters. The S6 Trainer/Mentor shall implement and operate programs, practices, and procedures for developing optimal utilization of communications personnel. Design and administer programs to train all levels of personnel on communication support. When necessary, develop tests and visual aids, coordinate class arrangements, conduct training classes, develop criteria for evaluating effectiveness of training activities, and develop train the trainer classes. Develop programs and practices to identify developmental needs including preparing personnel for more responsible positions and increasing effectiveness in present assignments. If required, may use technical experts to assist in training. The trainer shall develop Training Support Packages (TSPs) and manage Program of Instruction (POI) for communication classes. The mentor is expected to assist with planning efforts to establish reliable and redundant radio communications to the subordinate units in a tactical and/or operational Command and Control (C2) environment. The mentor has an expeditionary role and will perform Expeditionary Train, Advise, and Assist (ETAA) missions.
Work Hours: Work may include nights, holidays, and weekends on short notice. Standard will be to conduct training six (6) days per week for up to ten (10) hours per day while at OCONUS work site(s) and a standard 40 hour work week while at CONUS work sites.
Responsibilities: Mentor will TAAM counterparts on duties and responsibilities including, but not limited to, the following:
Develop communication plans; conduct requirements analysis
Identify communications equipment requirement needs and a develop signal estimate
Design a communications network diagram
Develop the Signal Annex of an Operations Order
Establish communications network
Employ communications infrastructure (radios, antenna, computer systems, tactical internet connectivity, power generation, etc.)
Identify communications vulnerabilities
Employ signal security
Conduct electronic protection
Assist in site selection of a Tactical Operational Center (TOC)
Account for and manage communications equipment
Perform local repair of communications equipment
Prepare communications equipment for repair
Manage tactical information
Store and process relevant information
Maintain a Common Operational Picture (COP) and disseminate it to higher, lower, adjacent and supporting organizations
Display a COP tailored to user needs
Develop and manage unit communications training program
Maintain effective VHF, HF, Tactical Internet, and SATCOM communications
Maintain SOI with frequency, encryption, decryption, authentication, and password table
Maintain automations/IT network architecture
Enforce COMSEC SOP
Maintain communications with operational units in the field using secure communications
Maintain communications primary, alternate, contingency, and emergency (PACE) plan
Execute Command & Signal Operations.
Trainer will be responsible for regularly interacting with US military personnel
Based on circumstances that are unique to respective work locations, trainer will be responsible for making on the scene decisions as to how to execute the curriculum
Along with team leader, trainer will be responsible for assessing how well the students have learned the coursework
Candidate must have been an E7 or higher US military communications specialist with an MOS equal to U.S. Army 18E, 25, 94 or 250 series with at least five years’ experience in planning, establishing and maintaining VHF and HF tactical and operational radio networks.
Competent with operating Personal Computer Skills & Microsoft Office
Ability to plan and organize work, analyze problems to identify significant factors, gather pertinent data and recognize solutions.
Must possess a US Passport with at least 6 months of remaining eligibility
Must be able to obtain a Visa for Afghanistan
This position requires a U.S. Person who is eligible to obtain any required Export Authorization
Ability to support additional mission or job requirements, as needed, not highlighted in this job description
Physical Requirements/Working Environment
Include but are not limited to the wear of body armor and helmet Personal Protective Gear, unassisted lifting and carrying of duffle bags not exceed the weight of 70 lbs per piece, and the unassisted movement over uneven terrain.
Must be willing to work and live in Afghanistan with an understanding that there could be further assignments to any location in Afghanistan based upon the needs of the U.S. Government, to include hostile and austere areas.
Must be able to attend and pass USG deployment requirements at CONUS Replacement Center (CRC), Fort Bliss, Texas or equivalent location.
Must meet the medical requirements for the position being offered as determined by a pre-employment medical screening and in accordance with published CRC and USCENTCOM medical deployment standards.
Must be able to walk or stand on level and/or inclined surfaces up to eight (8) hours per day and sit for up to three (3) hours per day.
Must be able to routinely climb / descend stairs.
Must be able to routinely grasp or handle objects, use finger dexterity, bend elbows / knees, and reach above / below shoulders.
Must be able to read and interpret newspaper and typewritten print.
Must be able to communicate by voice and detect sound by ear.
Employee will be required to work and live in a potentially hostile environment, at remote locations, and under austere conditions.
May be required to respond to a wide variety of operational circumstances, under extreme weather conditions, within a hostile environment.
May be exposed to extreme noise from aircraft, hostile fire, and other acts of aggression associated with this region.
Contractor personnel shall comply with all theater command policies, regulations, and General Orders. All tours are unaccompanied
Security Clearance Requirement: Must have a SECRET security clearance
Prefer experience with communications support to Infantry or Special Operations background
Prefer previous experience training and advising foreign military soldiers
Experience with IT systems is greatly desired
Prefer Security + certification
Bachelor's degree from accredited school & four (4) years of related experience, OR two (2) years related experience with Master's degree. Eight (8) years of additional equivalent work experience (12 total years) may be accepted in lieu of BA/BS education requirement.