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Elki Carpel, senior account manager, M2 Tecnology, explains new technologies to 1st Lt. Isis Culver and 1st Lt. Eric Becker, communication officers, 1st Tank Battalion, during the Tactical and Technology Day at the Officers’ Club, April 21, 2015. This event is held twice a year, in April and November. (Official Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Thomas Mudd/Released)

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Combat Center hosts semiannual tech expo

21 Apr 2015 | Lance Cpl. Thomas Mudd Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

CTB and National Conference Services Incorporated, an event planning and production company, worked together to facilitate the semiannual event.

“NCSI hosts this event twice a year,” said Kristen Etzel, event manager, NCSI. “We bring in companies to allow them the chance to expose their products to the service members who will be using them.”

Combat Center Marines were able to look at new technologies, such as the Ground Renewable Expeditionary Energy Network System. The GREENS is a solar-powered generator capable of replacing normal generators in deployment zones. The generator was one of many products on display at the expo.

“This event gives the Marines of this base an opportunity to look at what tools are available to the Marine Corps, and allows them to find out exactly what the technology is capable of,” Etzel said.

Seventeen companies participated in the event, to include DELL Cloud Client, Technical Innovation and ClearCube Technology. A few of their presentations included a heavy-duty DELL laptop capable of withstanding the rigors of the field, and a wireless computer server capable of holding mass video conferences on secure network.

“There was a large turn-out for today’s event,” Etzel said. “We try to find out what they want to see and bring in companies that have that kind of technology.”

The technologies showcased in the event are projected to be used across the Marine Corps. This allows the Marines to become accustomed to present and possible future technology.

“The things we see at these events help us better understand what we may be using in a few years,” said Sgt. Collin Graff, student, Marine Corps Communication-Electronics School. “Getting a chance to see the new technologies and equipment available to us is a great opportunity.”

The displays showed the Marines who attended the expo the present and future technology that could potentially be used to positively impact their respective career fields.

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