Officer: Maj. W.
mission of the CAP Communications (COMMS) Program is to organize
and maintain a reliable, nationwide, point-to-point, air-to-ground, and
ground mobile radio capability in support of the missions of CAP.
Primary purpose of a CAP COMMS Facility is to provide the commander
with the means for controlling units and their activities. In addition,
CAP COMMS resources provide the commander at each echelon the ability
to communicate with superior and subordinate commanders.
Group Communications Department and Capabilities:
LIG COMM’S is responsible for CAP radio communications in
Nassau and Suffolk Counties operating from Group Headquarters at Long Island
Mac Arthur Airport. The Comm’s center supports local, regional
and national CAP communications via radios operating on a broad spectrum of frequencies. Multiple
antennas and emergency power capabilities supports reliable, highly
available communications in adverse conditions.
COMMS is responsible for installation and maintenance of communications
equipment in CAP vehicles, and for hand-held radios used by ground
teams during missions and exercises. COMMS is also responsible
for airborne and ground radio direction finding equipment.
During emergency services activities, such as
search and rescue missions, all radio traffic, e-mail and telephone messaging is managed by the COMMS team.
COMMS will also establish field based communications command posts, or
operate communications vehicles in support of emergency services
missions, community events, and other activities.
Group communications instructors provide radio operator training and certification testing programs
which include: "Communications Unit Leader" for planning and supervision
of radio communications, and "Mission Radio Operator" in support of CAP missions.