A couple questions. ;) Where do communicators fit in the team? I sort of saw some footage in the video but of course they weren't mentioned at the end. Are they considered something other than support in the Regiment?
They are in there somewhere (as usual). Fix the radios, help with the single channel radio training and operating flight-following nets. 160th doesn't have a comm unit, per se. They usually get most of their long haul support from external assets.
For communicators, the gold standard is the 112th Special Ops Signal Battalion. No sexy helicopters, but world-class comms gear, and good training. Battalion with 3 companies at Bragg, and Signal Detachments in all the Theater Special Operations Commands. Penetrate the Shadows!
I'm not hating, by the way...the 160th is the premier aviation unit on the planet; their Soldiers are excellent and well trained. My response is focused specifically on the question of comms.
Thank you, it was an in depth response and exactly what I was looking for. We're not large enough to have our own Spec Ops Signals unit (Regular Army Signals units are Squadron's but there is one Regiment) yet but I'm sure it will be required some day; hopefully . All Units have their own assets. ;) Small world but growing fast.
Besides the standard Regimental and Battalion S-2 shops, I'm not sure how they employ intel folks.
I would imagine that they have better than average terrain analysis and weather support (this latter capability is provided by USAF SWO weather teams). But I don't have direct knowledge.