|(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.
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
(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
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.
For more information about NEC, call 608-388-4109.