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355th Fighter Wing and 355th Communications Squadron leadership with Consolidated Networks contractors pose for a photo during a ground-breaking ceremony at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., May 24, 2017. The ceremony was in honor of the 355th CS working alongside Consolidated Networks contractors for a base information transport infrastructure upgrade project that would benefit the entire base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mya M. Crosby)

355th Fighter Wing and 355th Communications Squadron leadership with Consolidated Networks contractors pose for a photo during a ground-breaking ceremony at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., May 24, 2017. The ceremony was in honor of the 355th CS working alongside Consolidated Networks contractors for a base information transport infrastructure upgrade project that would benefit the entire base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mya M. Crosby)

A fiber technician from Consolidated Networks, uses a band saw to cut an all thread for a communications cabinet installation at the 309th Aircraft Maintenance and Regeneration Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., May 24, 2017. The contractors and 355th Communications Squadron Airmen have been in the process of creating and executing a modification plan, upgrading D-M’s network without interfering with any of the Desert Lightning Team’s connectivity.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mya M. Crosby)

A fiber technician from Consolidated Networks, uses a band saw to cut an all thread for a communications cabinet installation at the 309th Aircraft Maintenance and Regeneration Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., May 24, 2017. The contractors and 355th Communications Squadron Airmen have been in the process of creating and executing a modification plan, upgrading D-M’s network without interfering with any of the Desert Lightning Team’s connectivity. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mya M. Crosby)

Brodie Carrier, Consolidated Networks fiber technician, removes an old communications cabinet at the 309th Aircraft Maintenance and Regeneration Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., May 24, 2017. The fiber technicians can reinstall up to two communications cabinets in a day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mya M. Crosby)

Brodie Carrier, Consolidated Networks fiber technician, removes an old communications cabinet at the 309th Aircraft Maintenance and Regeneration Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., May 24, 2017. The fiber technicians can reinstall up to two communications cabinets in a day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mya M. Crosby)

Brodie Carrier and Mark Webber, Consolidated Networks fiber technicians, use a band saw to cut a bracket for a communications cabinet installation at the 309th Aircraft Maintenance and Regeneration Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., May 24, 2017. The fiber technicians can reinstall up to two communications cabinets in a day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mya M. Crosby)

Brodie Carrier and Mark Webber, Consolidated Networks fiber technicians, use a band saw to cut a bracket for a communications cabinet installation at the 309th Aircraft Maintenance and Regeneration Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., May 24, 2017. The fiber technicians can reinstall up to two communications cabinets in a day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mya M. Crosby)

Brodie Carrier and Mark Webber, Consolidated Networks fiber technicians, take measurements for a bracket for a communications cabinet installation at the 309th Aircraft Maintenance and Regeneration Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., May 24, 2017. The contractors and 355th Communications Squadron Airmen have been in the process of creating and executing a modification plan, upgrading D-M’s network without interfering with any of the Desert Lightning Team’s connectivity. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mya M. Crosby)

Brodie Carrier and Mark Webber, Consolidated Networks fiber technicians, take measurements for a bracket for a communications cabinet installation at the 309th Aircraft Maintenance and Regeneration Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., May 24, 2017. The contractors and 355th Communications Squadron Airmen have been in the process of creating and executing a modification plan, upgrading D-M’s network without interfering with any of the Desert Lightning Team’s connectivity. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mya M. Crosby)

Brodie Carrier and Mark Webber, Consolidated Networks fiber technicians, take measurements for a bracket for a communications cabinet installation at the 309th Aircraft Maintenance and Regeneration Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., May 24, 2017. The fiber technicians can reinstall up to two communications cabinets in a day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mya M. Crosby)

Brodie Carrier and Mark Webber, Consolidated Networks fiber technicians, take measurements for a bracket for a communications cabinet installation at the 309th Aircraft Maintenance and Regeneration Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., May 24, 2017. The fiber technicians can reinstall up to two communications cabinets in a day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mya M. Crosby)

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz -- The 355th Communications Squadron held a ground-breaking ceremony at Heritage Hangar here, May 24.

The ceremony was in honor of the 355th CS working alongside Consolidated Networks contractors for a base information transport infrastructure upgrade project that would benefit the entire base.

“It’s not just a 355th Fighter Wing thing, it’s a D-M thing,” said Capt. Michael Kopp, 355th CS plans and resources flight commander. “It goes to AMARG, the 563d Rescue Group, the 55th Electronic Combat Group and the tower – it’s total force.”

After years of implementing a plan, the communications specialists recently broke ground at a project site, signifying the physical initiation to the installation-wide upgrade.

The Airmen and contractors have been in the process of creating and executing a modification plan that upgrades D-M’s network without interfering with any of the Desert Lightning Team’s connectivity. They are even digging through the tough Arizona dirt for the mass-upgrade.

“The way we make the layout, how buildings connect to each other and how inside the building everything feeds through that main demarcation point, it’s just a way to give more redundancy,” Kopp said. “If my computer goes down, if the building goes down, nobody else is going to be impacted by it.”

The 355th CS works hand-in-hand with technology and has been working on this modernization as early as 2012. They have hopes of integrating more capabilities to the D-M’s network such as bringing in more data and easier connectivity.

“The base can expect a more secure and reliable network,” said Staff Sgt. Nicholas Lindquist, 355th CS NCO in charge of plans and resources. “This project will also pave the way for future modernization projects for base communications.”

After six months of assessments, the modifications are scheduled to be finished in mid-2018.