BARNES AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Mass. - Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays the 212th Engineering Installation Squadron from the swift completion of their appointed duties. Just like our neighborhood postal carriers, the men and women of the 212th EIS could easily use the same creed.
This past January, on very short notice and with a tight schedule, Chief Rauktis and his crew from the 212th came to Barnes to upgrade conduit infrastructure to enable the future installation of fiber optic cables. They planned a new path for the conduit to be trenched from Falcon Drive through the snow packed woods into our existing duct system. Their installation team, led by Master Sgt. Robertson, worked quickly and efficiently through horrible weather conditions to install the duct run, ahead of time and right on budget. Nothing the weather brought kept the team from getting the job at hand done.
This project resulted in a major upgrade to our infrastructure, which in the short term will allow a four-fold increase in the data rate of the long-haul circuit that connects the Barnes local area network to the Air National Guard Internet network enclave. In the long term, the 212th has helped the base with the capability for future expansion.