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December 14, 2012

Spotlight

Network Enterprise Center

(Editor’s note: “SPOTLIGHT” is a continuing series about tenant activities and missions at Fort McCoy.)

What is it?
The Network Enterprise Center (NEC) is the Army’s primary provider of Information Technology/Management services on Army installations. The Network Enterprise Center is a multifaceted organization that provides local telephone/telecommunication services, wide area network services and onsite computer technical support.
PHOTO: A Network Enterprise Center Information Technology specialist, prepares computers to be re-imaged. Photo by Theresa Fitzgerald
Scott Morris, Network Enterprise Center Information Technology specialist, prepares computers to be re-imaged. The Network Enterprise Center provides telephone service, Internet connectivity, and technical support to customers on the installation.
(Photo by Theresa Fitzgerald)

The NEC installs and sustains voice and data infrastructure to meet customer demands. NEC provides innovative, secure and reliable Informational Technology (IT) services, to include a comprehensive suite of desktop software tools, network file-management systems and telecommunication services in support of Army training, major exercises and the warfighter.

Before the NEC became a Fort McCoy tenant activity, it was aligned under the garrison as the Directorate of Information Management (DOIM).

In 2009 Network Enterprise Technology Command/9th Army Signal Command (NETCOM/9th ASC) assumed operational control of the DOIM and at that time the name changed to NEC. In October 2012, the NEC fully transferred to NETCOM/9th ASC.

The NEC is subordinate to the 106th Signal Brigade located at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, the 7th Signal Command (Theater), Fort Gordon, Ga., and NETCOM/9th ASC, headquartered at Fort Huachuca, Ariz.

The NEC provides a full spectrum of IT services to all customers on the continental U.S. network, which includes, but is not limited to, the Fort McCoy garrison, the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center, the 181st Infantry Brigade, and the Mission & Installation Contracting Command. In addition, NEC supports 181st Infantry Brigade units and Directorate of Logistics offices located at Fort Snelling, Minn. and Fort Sheridan, Ill. Customers that utilize the Army Reserve network, which includes the 88th Regional Support Command, the 86th Training Division, U.S. Army Reserve Pay Center, Noncommissioned Officer Academy and the Equal Employment Opportunity Office, receive only telephone/telecommunication services and wide-area network support.

What have they done?
The NEC moved into a new 21,000-square-foot complex in April. Technological updates incorporated in the facility postures NEC to successfully support the installation’s automation needs. The new facility has a Secure Internet Protocol Network (SIPRNET) Node room and separate SIPRNET café, a technical test lab, and a modern cooling/heating system to support the needs of the facility.

New, redundant state-of-the-art network file management/storage systems were installed, which provides superior storage and backup capacity, improves sever availability and reduces service interruptions.

A new virtualized server environment also was implemented to reduce energy consumption and maintenance costs. The virtual server is not physical, but logical, which saves space and power.

What do they have planned?
The NEC will implement new common user unclassified and classified video teleconference suites allowing the Fort McCoy community another venue to conduct video teleconferences.

The NEC is also in the process of upgrading all customers to the Windows 7 operating system.

The organization is planning for a multi-million dollar network/telecommunication infrastructure upgrade of fiber, new network switches, and telephone switch with voice over Internet protocol capabilities.

The process is time consuming and will take over a year to design and implement. The Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Plan will redesign the new campus network.

Eventually NEC will stand up a 106th Signal Brigade comprehensive SharePoint portal for employees and customers.

Why are they important?
Without the NEC, the telephone system and access to government unclassified and classified networks would not be possible. The NEC provides the tools and infrastructure to help customers accomplish their mission in a more efficient and effective manner.

The NEC provides network security for Fort McCoy’s portion of the Army’s Global Information Grid.

Resources:
For more information about NEC, call 608-388-4109.

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