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TM 11-5895-878-14&P
CHAPTER 3
STATION OPERATIONS
Section I. OPERATION PRACTICES AND METHODS
of this manual should be made to ensure familiarity with
3-1. System Management
the facilities provided. Most of the day-today technical
a. The Pentagon station is an important part of a
control operations require a thorough understanding of
vast,  worldwide  military  communications  network
the complete station.
Rapid response to CCOC
handling voice and electronic data communications. Its
directives can only be accomplished by technical
specific operational function in this network is to provide
controllers who have this understanding.
a wideband relay service and circuit relay service
between other technical control sites, and to provide a
3-3. Station Management Facilities and Usage
central access point in the Washington, DC area into the
Effective management and specific assignment of
communications network.  This mission encompasses
responsibilities are essential elements for successful
all of those actions necessary to maintain flexibility in
operation of the station. The station design provides the
traffic and circuit routing, reliability of through and
tools and operational concepts necessary for effective
terminating circuits, and peak efficiency in transmission
station management.  The effective assignment of
quality.
This capability can be realized only by
responsibilities by the station manager then depends on
employing approved management principles and by
his ability to match the capabilities of operational
strict  adherence  to  proven  standard  operating
personnel to the station machine.
A functional
procedures at all stations.
description of man/machine operational interfaces is
b. Overall system management direction resides
provided here as an aid in this matching process. More
with the Communications Command Operations Center
specific operating functions of individual equipments are
(CCOC) and the Defense Communications Agency
described in detail in the equipment technical manuals
(DCA). The discussions which follow are based upon
and handbooks.
the facilities provided at the site.  Specific operating
a. Patching Functions. Patching is accomplished
procedures will be published by the CCOC, and in case
at two areas on site.
of conflict between information contained in this manual
(1) Video and Group Interface.  The video
and the COC-DCA procedures, the latter will govern.
and group inputs and outputs are connected directly to
Although the management of the system resides with
video patch facilities.  Rerouting of the multiplexed
the CCOC, the implementation of the operational
direction, quality of service, and rapid restoration of
groups is readily accomplished at this point by patching.
service in the event of failure is the responsibility of
(2) VF and Digital Channel Interface. Black
each individual operator in the system. Unless there is
and Red circuits are wired to the associated patch bays
thorough cooperation and mutual respect among the
in the P&T area.  The patching facilities in this area
personnel manning the stations, even a perfectly
provide access to the circuits.
designed and well managed operation will fail to provide
b. Monitoring and Testing Functions.
an  effective  communications  service.
Adequate
(1) Monitor and Test Point Interface. All VF
facilities are provided at all stations and a management
and digital jack sets include a monitor jack appearance.
and control structure is available. The proper use of the
These jacks are arranged to permit monitoring and
station's facilities and equipment will assure a station
testing without interrupting the circuit.
operating capability which is effective, reliable, and
(2) Test Bay Interface. The test bays contain
efficient.
transmission measuring equipment and other test items
to facilitate maintenance, fault isolation, analysis, and
3-2. Station Management Approach
correction.
The technical control subsystem has been specifically
c.
Status  Reporting  and  Coordination
designed as the station control center and is equipped to
Functions. Operating personnel at the station are the
permit effective station management.  All operational
primary users of the supervisory subsystem which
orders, circuit activation and deactivation functions,:
provides orderwire communications.  This subsystem
system  reporting,  alternate  routing  procedures,
provides  communications  with  other  stations  as
emergency procedures, and any other actions affecting
required. Reporting requirements are established by the
the operation of this station will be directed to, or
station SOP.
performed by the technical control operators. Much of
the' content of this chapter is therefore addressed
3-4. Duties of the Technical Controller
specifically to the station technical controllers and is
a. General.
The principal functions of the
intended to be used as a working guide in conjunction
technical controller are to monitor, test, and patch, as
with station SOP's, records, and individual equipment
required, to ensure operation at peak efficiency and
manuals and handbooks (app A). Since the circuit
quality. The technical
configuration is subject to operational changes, a
detailed study of the equipment descriptions in chapter 2
3-1

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