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Nov 3, 2013

ACUT - At the Cutting Edge


CONCORD, CA – They are invisible, powerful and all around us. Faster than any aircraft, moving at nearly the speed of light, radio waves are old friends to Chris Suter, a Captain and Communications Officer in the Civil Air Patrol.
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By SM Eric Roman
Photos by 1st Lt Guy Michael
Civil Air Patrol, Squadron 44

CONCORD, CA – They are invisible, powerful and all around us. Faster than any aircraft, moving at nearly the speed of light, radio waves are old friends to Chris Suter, a Captain and Communications Officer in the Civil Air Patrol. While few of us think much about this unseen spectrum of our universe, Chris has been helping others harness it for communication for more than three decades. This month, Chris certified 5 Cadets and 8 Senior Members of the Diablo Composite Squadron 44 in Advanced Communications User Training (ACUT).

The newly trained members of Squadron 44 can now operate Civil Air Patrol stations and apply for their own call sign on CAP frequencies in support of Civil Air Patrol missions. The Civil Air Patrol’s national radio network is a key component of the emergency services capabilities and homeland security functions provided by unpaid volunteers in quiet service to their communities since World War II. But don’t let the word “volunteer” fool you. The training received comes from a true professional.

 

 



Chris Suter is a volunteer. But he also has an extensive background in communications networks including helping with the design of several mobile command and communications centers and as the communications manager of Contra Costa County Fire Department, which is also the California Emergency Management Agency Region II Dispatch Center (CalEMA) responsible for deploying and tracking California local government Fire and Rescue assets. This “retired” Deputy Fire Chief from the San Ramon Fire District is just one example of the professionalism and talent pool that abounds in the Civil Air Patrol.

 

 

 

 


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