United States Air Force MARS Recruiting Effort In Alaska — 7 Nov 2016
Mark Allen, MARS callsign AFN5O, National Director of Operations for US Air Force MARS, today formally initiated an intensive recruiting effort to gain new MARS members in Alaska. In a joint statement, Allen and Jay Townsend, AFR0C, Region 10 Director stated, “USAF MARS is critically in need of members in the Alaska region. MARS membership in Alaska is under-represented, and we hope to correct this situation during the upcoming months.”
USAF MARS provides contingency radio communications support to U.S. government operations “as directed by and coordinated within the Department of Defense.” This includes support to civil authorities at all levels, “…in fulfillment of DoD responsibilities under DoD Directive (DoDD) 5113.13.
Director Allen stated “In support of our DoD mission USAF MARS recruits and trains interested amateur radio operators who meet certain eligibility requirements. MARS is an extremely rewarding program, allowing operators to support the women and men of our armed services. A high percentage of MARS members believe they are satisfying an element of their patriotic duty as citizens by using their time and equipment in this manner.
There are many specialties in USAF MARS, including, SSB networks, digital networks and special networks such as the phone patch network, wherein MARS operators handle calls daily from military aircraft in flight and ships at sea to land based numbers when other assets are unavailable.
For further information, interested persons may call toll free (888) 778-6277 (MARS). You will be connected to recorded information about eligibility requirements, station capabilities and ongoing participation requirements. You may also send email to ALASKA@afmars-mil.us and request further information. Thank you.
James B. Potter
National Public Information Officer
USAF MARS AFA7JP