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Guam’s signal specialists can deliver island’s disaster messages

It’s not just delivering the message, it’s also delivering it to the right people from the right place at the right time. And that’s not so easy after a major disaster where hundreds of emergency responders communicate recovery efforts.

Although the U.S. Territory of Guam encompasses only 212 square miles, its high peaks and mountains can make normal emergency communications impossible. Disaster response experts here say the Guam Army National Guard’s communications and signal specialists are an invaluable asset to the island during emergencies.

Communications experts including Army Spc. Angeles Dacaney, a radio operator and maintainer from the Guam Army National Guard’s 105th Troop Command, were busy, Sept. 14, 2008, supporting a Navy exercise on the island as well as working in the National Guard Bureau’s homeland security exercise Vigilant Guard.