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NEWS | Sept. 8, 2020

668th ALIS overcomes obstacles: 'On the Road Again'

By 668th Alteration and Installation Squadron 668th Alteration and Installation Squadron

Amidst the pandemic, the 668th Alteration and Installation Squadron of the 543rd Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland has rapidly evolved in an innovative way to maximize teleworking and remote solutions.  When the mission calls, however, the Roadrunners of America’s Cryptologic Wing remain ready to hit-the-road to answer that call. 
 
Earlier this year, after the DOD-wide stop movement order was imposed, the 668th ALIS remained at home, for the most part, conducting training while also building a "Zero-Day” plan. This plan re-prioritizes the project flow and best assess how to support customers on day zero, as soon as travel to respective destinations are green-lighted. 

The unit is primarily composed of civil engineer, communications, and logistics competencies spread across 22 diverse specialties, and they secured an exception-to-policy to travel and continue fulfilling mission requirements during the pandemic.

Twenty-six Roadrunners were sent to install $530,000 worth of materials and communication equipment in direct support of U.S. Cyber Command priorities. This massive project is scheduled to span 110 days and will contribute to just-in-time National Defense Strategy objectives.
 
“Our Roadrunners certainly live up to the motto of ‘On-the-Road Again,’ traveling the globe, averaging over 7,000 collective days TDY (temporary duty) each year,” said Lt. Col. Peter Nazarechuk, 668th ALIS commander.  “Yet, not surprisingly, the ALIS mission has been significantly impacted by the recent COVID-19 pandemic.” 
 
Nazarechuk says he is proud of the important work the Roadrunners accomplish each and every day. Particularly in how the Roadrunner team has risen to creatively address the challenges in this new environment. Due to their great teamwork, the ALIS is postured to not only execute their significant mission, but to do so safely and smartly, he said. 
 
The ALIS is a selectively manned unit responsible for engineering, constructing, and installing both information systems and sensitive compartmented facilities around the world.