Special Mission Wing (SMW) Signal/Automations/Networking Trainer/Mentor – (ASSF) in Kabul at PAE

Date Posted: 6/22/2020

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
    Full-Time
  • Location:
    Kabul
  • Job Type:
  • Experience:
    Not Specified
  • Date Posted:
    6/22/2020

Job Description

Supporting the Most Exciting and Meaningful Missions in the World

Special Mission Wing (SMW) Signal/Automations/Networking Trainer/Mentor – (ASSF)

PAE is seeking a Special Mission Wing (SMW) Signal/Automations/Networking Trainer/Mentor – (ASSF) to support one of their government customers:

Duty Description:

The SMW Signal/Automations/Networking Trainer/Mentor will Train, Advise, Assist, and Mentor (TAAM) the SMW in planning, installing, troubleshooting, maintaining, and providing Information Systems and Networking integration; fault detection, isolation, and correction; and experience in the integration of information systems and networking architecture into the design of the overall C4I network to enable VTC, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and Tactical Internet connectivity. The Trainer/Mentor will provide Mobile Training Team (MTT) and Expeditionary Train, Advise, and Assistance (ETAA) in support of all subordinate Squadron Special Operations Advisor Teams (SOAT), as required, while maintaining coverage and requirements at the Wing level. The Trainer/Mentor will assist ASSF counterparts in meeting Signal/Automation/Networking TAAM requirements during periodic Squadron RIP/TOA processes and provide required reports and documentation to the SMW Special Operations Advisor Group (SOAG) team lead, Afghan Special Security Forces-Training Program: Program Manager (PM), Deputy Program Manager (DPM), Program Management Office (PMO) and other staff sections as required or directed.

Required Hours:
Work may include nights, holidays, and weekends on short notice. Standard will be to conduct training sixty hours (60) per week while OCONUS.

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • As a member of the SMW SOAG, provide Signal/Automations/Networking TAAM in support of the SMW.
  • Must be a subject matter expert in planning, installing, troubleshooting, maintaining, and providing instruction on Information Systems and Networking.
  • Must have the requisite background in signal and automations fault detection, isolation, and correction.
  • Must possess the needed experience in integration of information systems and networking architecture into the design of the overall C4I network to enable VTC, VoIP, and Tactical Internet connectivity.
  • Security + certification required. 
  • Provide MTT and ETAA support to Squadron SOATs, as required.
  • Coordinate with the SMW SOAG military mentors for required maintenance and special vehicle TAAM focus areas; support military mentor Lines of Effort (LOE).
  • Provide assistance to SMW Squadrons during periodic RIP/TOAs.
  • Provide all reporting and documentation requirements to the SMW SOAG team leader.
  • Must be capable of building and maintaining positive relations and rapport with teammates, the client (US, NATO, and Troop Contributing Nation military forces), and Afghan counterparts.
  • Understand the Military Decision-Making Process (MDMP) and capable of relating MDMP to the Afghan cipher process.
  • Able to work and live in austere and hostile environments in Afghanistan and understanding of the possibility to be further assigned to any location in Afghanistan, as allowed by the contract. 
  • Willing and able to travel outside of protected areas via military convoys or MILAIR, and wear protective clothing and equipment, as required. Force protection will be provided by authorized sources.   
  • Must have the demonstrated ability to communicate in English, both orally and in writing. 
  • Must comply with all theater command policies, regulations, and General Orders.
  • Understand the Theater ROE (Rules of Engagement). 
  • Additional duties, responsibilities, and requirements as identified by program management.

    Minimum Qualifications:

  • Former Senior NCO, WO or Officer with three (3) years of experience in the US military communications field.
  • Shall have at least three (3) years of experience planning, installing, troubleshooting, maintaining, and providing instruction on Information Systems and Networking.
  • Shall have at least three (3) years of experience in fault detection, isolation, and correction.
  • Shall have at least three (3) years of experience in the integration of information systems and networking architecture into the design of the overall C4I network to enable VTC, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and Tactical Internet connectivity.
  • Security + certification required. 
  • Must have one (1) year of combat experience.
  • Able to pass all medical, dental and other CRC-related deployment requirements from CRC at Ft. Bliss, TX.    
  • Must continue to maintain CENTCOM Mod 15 and other deployment-related requirements for the Afghanistan theater of operations.     
  • Able to receive and maintain a current/active Afghanistan visa. 
  • Must possess and maintain an active DoD Secret security clearance. 

    Desired Qualifications: 

  • OCONUS experience in Afghanistan or Iraq preferred working with Partnered Nation Security Forces as an advisor.
  • One (1) year of Special Operations experience.
  • Previous experience working with coalition forces, NATO, or other Troop Contributing Nations.
  • Familiarization with the Afghan SMW structure/organization, mission, and cipher process.
  • Understanding of the NATO and Resolute Support structure and mission.
  • Fiber Optical Network experience to include assessments/ installation, provisioning, repair, and troubleshooting.
  • Common understanding of single and multi-line fiber optic cable applications and network switches.
  • Experience with optical power meters, optical spectrum analyzers, optical fusion splicers, multi-meters, oscilloscopes attenuators, function generators and tunable laser sources.


Physical Requirements/Working Environment:

  • Include but are not limited to the wear of body armor and helmet Personal Protective Gear, unassisted lifting and carrying of duffle bags not exceed the weight of 70 lbs. per piece, and the unassisted movement over uneven terrain.
  • Must be willing to work and live in Afghanistan with an understanding that there could be further assignments to any location in Afghanistan based upon the needs of the U.S. Government, to include hostile and austere areas.
  • Must be able to attend and pass USG deployment requirements at CONUS Replacement Center (CRC), Fort Bliss, Texas or equivalent location.
  • Must meet the medical requirements for the position being offered as determined by a pre-employment medical screening and in accordance with published CRC and USCENTCOM medical deployment standards.
  • Must be able to walk or stand on level and/or inclined surfaces up to eight (8) hours per day and sit for up to three (3) hours per day.
  • Must be able to routinely climb / descend stairs.
  • Must be able to routinely grasp or handle objects, use finger dexterity, bend elbows / knees, and reach above / below shoulders.
  • Must be able to read and interpret newspaper and typewritten print.
  • Must be able to communicate by voice and detect sound by ear.
  • Employee will be required to work and live in a potentially hostile environment, at remote locations, and under austere conditions.
  • May be required to respond to a wide variety of operational circumstances, under extreme weather conditions, within a hostile environment.
  • May be exposed to extreme noise from aircraft, hostile fire, and other acts of aggression associated with this region.
  • Contractor personnel shall comply with all theater command policies, regulations, and General Orders. All tours are unaccompanied.
  • Refrain from using alcohol/illegal and non-prescription substances—abide by CENTCOM’s General Order #1.


Security Clearance: An active DoD Secret Security clearance is required in order to handle classified material and to work in a controlled area on a daily basis in support of the client.

PAE is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our hiring practices provide equal opportunity for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, gender, national origin, age, United States military veteran’s status, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, family structure, medical condition including genetic characteristics or information, veteran status, or mental or physical disability so long as the essential functions of the job can be performed with or without reasonable accommodation, or any other protected category under federal, state, or local law.

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