Communication & Information Services Squadron (CIS)

CIS Squadron is based at Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel. Their job is to deal with all matters pertaining to the Communications, Navigation and Information Technology equipment and systems required by the Air Corps to discharge its assigned roles. They implement Defence Forces CIS policy decisions within the Air Corps through a team of disciplined, well trained, well resourced and highly motivated staff.

CIS Squadron Organisation

CIS Squadron HQ

Headquarters is responsible for the Personnel Administration, Unit Administration, Unit and Air Corps Duty Rosters and Technical Stores within CIS Squadron. Personnel Administration deals with the maintenance and upkeep of personnel documents associated to each member of the unit. Technical Stores are responsible for the accountancy, issue and receipt of technical equipment throughout the Air Corps.

Airfield Services Flight

Airfield Services Flight is responsible for installing, servicing and maintaining a vast array of technical equipment.Airfield Navigation Aid’s such as V.O.R (VHF Omni-directional Range)/D.M.E. (Distance Measuring Equipment), I.L.S. (Instrument Landing System) and associated D.M.E., C.A.D.F. (Commutated Antenna Direction Finder).

In Air Traffic Control the radio room has a voice switch with positions in tower and approach, receivers, plus last resort communications. There is also a meteorology system and radar feed from Dublin Airport plus an A.T.I.S. (Automatic Terminal Information Service) and met camera system.

The Communications Centre has military radio nets on V.H.F./ H.F., both long and short range providing voice and data exchange in support of maritime and cash escorts.

Workshops program and maintain handheld and base radios on U.H.F. and V.H.F along with a camp security net. They test and inspect functionality of military radios installed in aircraft. They provide a public address facility to the Air Corps for ceremonial events

Communications Flight

Communications Flight provides all the ground and some of the air based communications for the Air Corps using UHF, HF and VHF radios. There are two FFR (Fitted for Radios) Nissan vehicles which provide communications between aircraft and base when working in the field.

The Communications Centre is manned on a 24 hour basis. They are responsible for handling radio traffic and cryptographic messages in both written and verbal format. They provide trained communications operators for maritime patrols and cash escorts.

The Line Section is responsible for the installation and maintenance of the fixed and mobile telephony systems within the Air Corps.

Technical Services Flight

Technical Services Flight is responsible for Networking, Power Plant and Telecoms within CIS.

The Network Section is responsible for the maintenance, servicing and installation of existing and new network hardware including fibre optic cable, UTP copper cable, patch panels, cabinets, network switches and computer outlets for the network, the AS400 System and the Internet. They are also involved in the planning, design and implementation of structured cable systems including fibre optic cable, the management of network hardware and cables and the sourcing and purchasing of all network components.

The Power Plant Section  are responsible for the periodic and general maintenance, placing in service, testing, overhaul, recording and inspecting, repair and storage of aircraft batteries and ground power units (GPU) used on aircraft as well as UPS systems.

Telecom Section has responsibilities in CIS for airborne electronic communication equipment including maintenance, inspection and evaluation of aircrew helmets and headsets as well as airborne personnel locator beacons throughout the Air Corps. 

Information Technology Flight

Information Technology Flight has responsibility for the proper functioning of the Communication & Information Services Network (CISN) within the Air Corps and the AS400 Airsoft System.

IT Flight is divided into two areas, Operations and Development. Work areas have been setup to facilitate the repair/upgrade of systems. This work is mainly carried out by Operations personnel while the Web Site and AS400 facilities are maintained by Development personnel.

 

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