|Joint Communications Unit (JCU)|
Distinctive unit insignia of the Army element of the JCU
|Active||1980 – present|
|Country||United States of America|
|Part of||Joint Special Operations Command|
|Garrison/HQ||Fort Bragg, North Carolina|
|Nickname(s)||"DoD's Finest Communicators"|
|Beret flash worn by the Army Element of JCU|
The Joint Communications Unit (JCU) is a unit of the Joint Special Operations Command charged to standardize and ensure interoperability of the communication procedures and equipment of JSOC and its subordinate units. JCU was activated at Ft. Bragg, NC in 1980, after the failure of Operation Eagle Claw. JCU has earned the reputation of "DoD's Finest Communicators".
The JCU prides itself in its ability to conduct operations and exercises on a variety of platforms including, but not limited to ships, aircraft, vehicle and field conditions. The JCU has positions for active duty Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and DoD civilian personnel in a variety of communications, automation, electronics maintenance and logistic specialties. The JCU is an "Airborne" unit; however, attendance to the United States Army Airborne School is voluntary. Because of the JCU's deployment status, unit personnel receive a wide range of training, including: ultra high frequency and super high frequency satellite systems, local area networks, wide area networks, servers, active directories, networking, voice over IP, videotelephony, video distribution, fiber system installation, and advanced tactical communication scenarios on various air, land, and sea platforms.
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