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Military family brought together via video

January 14, 2011 - 0 Comments

Military families are an amazing group. They’re close-knit families that find support and perseverance through each other and their community.

It’s no surprise then that when it came time for Army Sgt. 1st Class, Scott Toshio Mitsuno, a parachute rigger with Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Afghanistan, to reenlist in the Army, he’d want his family there for the special occasion.

Unfortunately, Mitsuno’s family is from Fountain Valley, CA. Also, the individual he wanted to conduct the ceremony, Lieutenant Col. Eric Koji Terashima, his cousin and an intelligence officer in the Marines, was stationed at Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, NC.

To enable Terashima to conduct Mitsuno’s reenlistment ceremony, a three-way video teleconference was set up. During the teleconference, Mitsuno stood alone in a room in Afghanistan in front of a monitor and was sworn into the Army by his cousin while their family looked on in support.

Mitsuno wanted Terashima to conduct the ceremony since they were very close with each other growing up and relate to each other as servicemen.

This is a perfect example of ways that defense agencies are using video teleconferencing (VTC) and Telepresence. Although VTC and Telepresence technology can help to speed the delivery of information and orders between the battlefield and decision makers and help to improve the quality and amount of information coming through to military decision makers, it also has incredible applications in boosting morale and keeping soldiers connected with those waiting for them at home.

VTC and Telepresence are breaking down the walls separating our soldiers and the families that love and support them back here in the states. Now that’s a new way of working – and serving.

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