Since 1988, amateur “ham” radio operator volunteers have had a remarkable impact on the world in times of disaster thanks to SATERN (Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network). These trained men and women often are the only link to the outside world during disasters when cell phones towers are down, land lines are damaged and electrical power is out. SATERN was the brainchild of then-Captain Patrick McPherson, a Salvation Army officer who at the time was leading a corps and serving as the emergency disaster services (EDS) coordinator for the Heartland Division. The first network consisted of four people, including two Canadian Salvationists. Two months later, SATERN aided emergency responders in its first international response when Hurricane Gilbert battered the …

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by Major Steve Merritt   The theme of this year’s National Advisory Organizations Conference (NAOC) was Expect Change. It seems to me challenging words for an Army that has been in business for more than 150 years. Well, they’re challenging words for our culture, period. Who likes change, much less expects it? I landed in the dry desert heat of Phoenix, Ariz., with this theme resonating in my mind. What does this change look like? How do we engage to greater capacity the relationships of professionals, including young adults like Echelon, in our communities? More than 2,500 delegates—officers, employees and advisory board/council and auxiliary members from across the nation—gathered with great expectations to share and learn from one another and …

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