STF has over 15 years of experience with the MUOS, providing End-to-End (E2E) SATCOM systems engineering, engineering analysis, integration, implementation, operations, and training support to all echelons of the DoD. From assisting with the establishment of the Narrowband SATCOM System Engineering Group (NSSEG), followed by the current SATCOM Systems Engineering Group (SSEG), to designing and executing Scenario-Based Events (SBEs), our teams have provided E2E technical analysis for complex, cross-service, cross-program SATCOM capabilities in MUOS and other SATCOM bands. STF has assisted thousands of personnel and dozens of organizations through the processes involved in using MUOS over-the-air in real, but simulated, operational mission conditions.
STF directly supports and works very closely with Service SATCOM planners, managers, operators, and terminal program offices to ensure we remain at the forefront of MUOS. STF remains the only premiere MUOS training team available with the full breadth and scope of MUOS from an E2E perspective.
Meet Our Experienced Instructors
Knowledgeable, Accomplished, Dedicated
Our team of instructors has years of combined experience, ranging from programmatic to operational field support. With world-class MUOS backgrounds and global exposure, the STF Team is the pioneers and leaders of MUOS end-to-end training. We aren't simply instructors, we are your partners in assisting with the fulfillment of your mission requirements and STF.
Mr. Terry Delaney
Mr. Terry Delaney has 30 years of experience in engineering, managing, administering, and operating a wide array of satellite and IP networking and telecommunications systems to include design, test, analysis, troubleshooting, and development of such systems for military and civilian communications networks. Mr. Delaney spent 10 years as a Navy electronics technician and strategic/tactical communicator onboard 2 ballistic missile submarines and one guided-missile destroyer. Mr. Delaney’s expertise covers a wide range of knowledge to include operations, maintenance, training, engineering, and designing communications systems to support specific requirements. He has a broad understanding and experience operating LAN, WAN, and UHF, MUOS, SHF, and EHF SATCOM systems, which has enabled him to understand many aspects of communications end-to-end.
Mr. Delaney joined STF in 2006, and he currently serves as STF’s VP and director of operations. Since the start of Mr. Delaney’s tenure at STF, he has provided critical support to strategic-level offices within the DoD as well as programs ranging from ACAT I to ACAT III. Mr. Delaney has supported the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) system since 2009 across a breadth of tasks including systems engineering analyses, cost analysis, business case analyses, test support, CONOPS development, operational process development, and training. In 2014, Mr. Delaney supported the development of MUOS terminal planning and provisioning processes and helped implement Scenario-Based Events (SBEs) to leverage real operators to exercise operational processes. In 2017, Mr. Delaney supported the implementation of the MUOS Force Introduction Team (FIT) to provide unit-level familiarization training in support of MUOS Early Combatant Command Use (ECU) activities. Since 2017, Mr. Delaney has led the charge in the development, training, and execution of operational processes and has supported more than 20 units/organizations with end-to-end familiarization and initial activation on the MUOS system.
Outside of his corporate responsibilities, Mr. Delaney provides direct support to the STF MUOS Mobile Training Team (M2T2) project in direct execution of M2T2 training events and overall responsibility from an STF operations perspective.
Mr. Matt Murfield
Mr. Matthew Murfield joined the United States Marine Corps in 1999 and served 5 years as a Signals Intelligence Operator and a Tactical Communications Operator, including one tour during Operation Iraqi Freedom, operating various tactical SIGINT systems and all HF, VHF, and UHF communication assets. After receiving an honorable discharge, Mr. Murfield supported Marine Corps Systems Command as a Systems Analyst and trainer across the portfolio of Marine Corps Tactical SIGINT program/projects. During the same time, Mr. Murfield obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Information Systems from Strayer University, with an emphasis on Computer Networking.
Mr. Murfield’s tenure with STF started in 2009, where he has provided critical support to strategic level offices within the DoD as well as programs ranging from ACAT I to ACAT III. Mr. Murfield has supported the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) system since 2009 across a breadth of tasks, including systems engineering analyses, cost analysis, business case analyses, test support, CONOPS development, operational process development, and training. In 2014, Mr. Murfield supported the development of MUOS terminal planning and provisioning processes and helped implement Scenario Based Events (SBEs) to leverage real operators to exercise operational processes. In 2017, Mr. Murfield supported the implementation of the MUOS Force Introduction Team (FIT) to provide unit-level familiarization training in support of MUOS Early Combatant Command Use (ECU) activities. Since 2017, Mr. Murfield has led the charge in the development, training, and execution of operational processes and has supported more than 20 units/organizations with initial activation on the MUOS system.
Mr. Murfield provides direct support to the STF MUOS Mobile Training Team (M2T2) project as both the project manager and in direct execution of M2T2 training events.
Mr. Conor Adams
Mr. Conor Adams joined the Navy in 2011 and served an honorable 9 years as an Information Systems Technician 1st Class. After completing the Navy’s IT “A” and “C” schools, he reported to his first duty station at the United States 10th Fleet/US Fleet Cyber Command, where he served as a server administrator in the Global Network Operations Support Center for 2 years. He maintained critical information systems for 2,200 users across seven DoD installations and provided network vulnerability testing and remediation. Through direct support to the USFLTCYBERCOM N6 Department Head, he was responsible for the implementation of System Security Plans, Certification and Accreditation processes set forth by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). Additionally, Mr. Adams participated in system administration for Afloat Signals Intelligence assets, directly supporting SIGINT efforts for the United States Navy’s 4th, 5th, 6th, & 7th Fleets.
Following his tour at USTENTHFLT, Mr. Adams pursued the field of tactical communications for Naval Special Warfare Group Two, Tactical Communications Command Two. He successfully completed the Naval Special Warfare Tactical Communications Course, SERE-C, Expeditionary Combat Skills Course, and the L3/SPAWAR suite of SOF Deployable Node courses, which prepared him for four annual Trident pre-deployment certification exercises and two successful deployments with NSW East SEAL Teams. As a tactical communicator, Conor was responsible for mission planning, execution, and monitoring of mission-critical HF/VHF/UHF/SHF & EHF tactical voice and data circuits.
He completed his final year of service at TACCOM TWO, establishing and managing the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) program for NSW East, which segued his path into the STF MUOS Mobile Training Team (M2T2) as a Senior Trainer. Conor started his career with STF in 2020.
Mr. Heath Schell
Mr. Heath Schell joined the United States Army in 1991 and served 3 years as a Multiple Launch Rocket System Crewmember and unit administrator in the 92nd Field Artillery during Operation Desert Storm. Mr. Schell operated and maintained various communication equipment and organized/maintained all unit training and operational records. During his time in service, he was awarded a National Defense Service Medal (NDSM) and Army Commendation Medal (ARCOM). After receiving an honorable discharge, Mr. Schell obtained his Associates in Arts Business Administration Degree from Hillsborough Community College.
Mr. Schell’s Tenure with STF started in 2015, where he has provided critical support to the SATCOM Systems Engineering Group (SSEG) Tiger teams. The SSEG was tasked with various efforts within the DoD programs ranging from ACAT I to ACAT III. The Tiger Teams included Wideband Electromagnetic Interference (EMI), Data Controller Gap Analysis, Next-Generation Commercial SATCOM (NG-CSC), Terminal Certification, TRANSEC Modernization, and Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) Synchronization and Interoperability.
Since 2019 Mr. Schell has supported the M2T2 Training Team in the production and execution of MUOS Training Events across the Combatant Commands (COCOMS).
Mr. Robin Williams
Mr. Robin Williams joined the United States Marine Corps in 1986 and served 22 years as a Ground Radio Repairman and Ground Maintenance technician, including supporting Operation Just Cause in Panama, three tours during Operation Iraqi Freedom, operating and maintaining systems in the HF, VHF, UHF, SHF, and EHF communication spectrum. After receiving an honorable discharge, Mr. Williams continued to support Marine Corps Systems Command as a contractor for Naval Information Warfare Center Atlantic as an Electronics Technician assisting in the Research and Development for communications system upgrade for the Marine Amphibious Command and Control Vehicle and later as a Technical Support Specialist to develop maintenance training for the UHF line of sight radio system. During the time, Mr. Williams obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Ashford University, with an emphasis on Project Management.
Mr. Williams’ tenure with STF started in 2016 as a Test and Evaluation Analyst developing and performing the Systems Operation and Verification Tests (SOVT) for the MUOS to Legacy Gateway Component (MLGC). During this time, Mr. Williams gained knowledge in the operation of the RT-1828 UHF Satellite Communications (SATCOM) radio, the AN/PRC-155 MUOS Functional Terminal (MFT), and the MUOS Voice Gateway (MVG). Mr. Williams has supported the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) system across a breadth of tasks including systems engineering analyses, test support, and training.
In 2019, Mr. Williams provided direct support to the STF MUOS Mobile Training Team (M2T2) project as direct execution of M2T2 training events.
Mr. Eric Roth
Mr. Eric Roth joined the U.S Navy in 2015 after graduating from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs with a Bachelor of Science. Mr. Roth spent 5 years with Naval Special Warfare as a Tactical Communicator supporting Naval Special Warfare Group TWO and East Coast SEAL Teams in both AFRICOM and EUCOM theaters. Specializing in all HF, VHF, UHF, SHF. and EHF tactical voice and data circuits in addition to non-standard communications and commercial off the shelf solutions. While stationed at Tactical Communications Command TWO, Mr. Roth attended the Naval Special Warfare Tactical Communicators course, attended and instructed several Windows Tactical Assault Kit courses, Radio Integration System courses, and the L3/SPAWAR suite of SOF Deployable Node courses. Utilizing his knowledge, Mr. Roth advised senior leadership at Naval Special Warfare Group TWO on operational and future tactical communications equipment capabilities.
Mr. Roth recently joined the STF MUOS Mobile Training Team as a Senior Trainer for direct execution of M2T2 events. Mr. Roth continues his service in the Navy Reserves in Virginia Beach, VA, with a focus on tactical communications.
Mr. Keaton Lynn
Mr. Keaton Lynn served five years in the United States Navy as an Information Technician and Mobile Communications Expert alongside Naval Special Warfare. As a Tactical Communicator across three continents, he has been consistently relied on for independent work assignments, project management, and training leadership. He understands VUCA environments and consults on global problem sets in support of business and technical knowledge. Mr. Lynn has led multiple month-long trips throughout Europe handling IT, satellite, radio, and cybersecurity, in support of multiple military units. Understood as an expert in numerous waveforms, Mr. Lynn has also deployed with SOF Deployable Node antennas, built antennas for HF communications, and created low visual commercial-off-the-shelf platforms for alternative communication methods. As a trainer on the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) team, Mr. Lynn provides full service to units throughout pre-workup set up, in-person training, and as a post training resource for DoD units.
Mr. Charles Grubb
Mr. Charles Grubb III joined the United States Army in 1986 and served honorably for 24 years and retired as a Telecommunications Operations Chief with Army Special Operations. Mr. Grubb had numerous tours during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom operating various tactical AM/FM, HF, VHF, UHF, and SHF/EHF SATCOM communications systems. After retiring from the Army, Mr. Grubb continued to support the U.S. Government and Military as a contractor with procuring communications equipment and planning communications networks for all Tajikistan Governmental Ministries. Mr. Grubb also worked as the International Partner SATCOM/COMSAT Analyst at Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC) in the Narrowband Section, and as a Digital Video Broadcast Return Channel Satellite FSR in Afghanistan, providing support within and out of theater for all drone video feeds. Mr. Grubb obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Franklin University, in Columbus, Ohio. Mr. Grubb recently returned to STF in 2020, where he provides direct support to the STF MUOS Mobile Training Team (M2T2) project in direct execution of M2T2 training events. Mr. Grubb looks forward to the continued support of MUOS and STF.
Mr. Robert McAvoy
Mr. Robert McAvoy joined the United States Navy in 2015 as an Aviation Electronics Technician while serving at Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two One. In 2017 he deployed with the E-2D to the Persian Gulf while attached to the USS Nimitz (CVN-68) in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. After the Navy, Mr. McAvoy continued working as an Aviation Electronics Technician for Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Zero as a contractor. Mr. McAvoy proved himself to be a SME on the E-2C and C-2A avionics systems as a fully qualified CDQAR/CDI. Mr. McAvoy will earn a B.A. in History from Regent University in the fall of 2021. Mr. McAvoy started working for STF in November of 2020 and is excited to assist aviation platforms in the integration of MUOS.
Mr. Jacob Hodges
Mr. Jacob Hodges joined the Air Force in 2014 and is serving his 7th year as part of the 304th Rescue Squadron. After graduating from the Air Force’s Radio Frequency Transmissions Systems pipeline, Mr. Hodges reported to the 3rd Air Support Operations Group where he directly supported the 9th, 11th, and 712th Air Support Operations Squadrons by maintaining critical Close Air Support voice and data systems, enabling the 120 Tactical Air Control Party Airmen to deploy more than 150 times in support of Operations Inherent Resolve and Spartan Shield. While stationed at Fort Hood, he was selected to write the 93rd Air Ground Operations Wing first ever CAS Gateway Training Plan and Setup and Operations SOPs, in doing so reduced the kill chain duration by 75%. Additionally, Mr. Hodges was regarded as a Subject Matter Expert inside of the HF/VHF/UHF/SHF/EHF communications realm and relied upon heavily for no-fail, time-critical communications solutions.
Following his tour with 3ASOG, Mr. Hodges dove further into tactical communications by joining the 304th Rescue Squadron where he currently serves. Increasing his skillset, he’s added mesh networking, Android/Windows Tactical Assault Kit, and Combat Search and Rescue communications to his growing list of specialties. His breadth of experience qualified and prepared him for a successful deployment in direct support of OIR as the only Tactical Communications Specialist as part of the CSAR Task Force, and enabled multiple elements direct SOF team embedding. As a Tactical Communications Specialist, Jacob’s responsibilities included COMSEC management, multi-agency integration, net creation, mission planning, monitoring, and maintenance of all mission-critical HF/VHF/UHF/SHF/EHF and Tactical Data Link voice and data circuits.
Following the successful OIR deployment, Jacob joined STF in 2020.
Mr. Nick Conder
Mr. Nick Conder joined the Navy in the spring of 2007 as an Aviation Electronics Technician. He completed six deployments in Guantanamo Bay, three aircraft carriers, and two cruisers during his 12 years of active service. In 2019, he decided the civilian sector was calling and departed the service. After the Navy, Mr. Conder stayed in San Diego and began working with Northrop Grumman as an engineering technician. His expertise and years of experience with the ARC-210 lead to Mr. Conder joining the STF team in January of 2021. Mr. Conder is set to complete his Bachelor's in Business Administration in the spring of 2021. He looks forward to being able to work with the troops again and provide the support they desire.
Mr. Adam Kortmeyer
Mr. Adam Kortmeyer joined the Navy in March 2002 and was honorably discharged in September 2012 as a Builder Second Class Petty Officer. While attached to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 40, he had two tours in Afghanistan and the Philippines supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. While deployed he operated various HF/VHF/UHF waveforms. In September 2012, he took a DOD contractor position providing management, training, administrative and operational support to units under Commander, Naval Construction Group ONE. He was the lead Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) Planner/Trainer for the Naval Construction Force Pacific (NCFPAC) commands. Mr. Kortmeyer was the lead Instructor for the Communications Staff Planning course (813.1), which includes the deployment/employment of an NCF unit’s Large-Scale Communication Assets (LSCA) and tactical communications Table of Allowance (TOA) to fulfill the C4ISR requirement. He provided procedural/operational guidance and advice as a seasoned Tactical Communications subject matter expert (SME) to all levels. Mr. Kortmeyer reviewed and developed strategies for resourcing, implementing, and training the latest advances in tactical communications technology. He has vast experience in the capabilities and limitations of the Network Operating Systems, VHF/UHF/HF/SHF/EHF communication standards Various Communication Topologies, TCP/IP Standards, Communications Security (COMSEC) Systems, JOINT Tactical Communication standards, Naval messaging standards, associated project management, acquisition processes, and cybersecurity processes. Mr. Kortmeyer is a professional in installing and maintaining radio planning/programming software and hardware, test and integrate future releases, and document standard operating procedures (SOP’s). He is highly experienced with the Simple Key Loader (SKL) and loading Controlled Cryptographic Items (CCI). Mr. Kortmeyer has an understanding of the NSA Key Management Infrastructure (KMI) system and is familiar with the Communications Security Material System (CMS-1) procedures. He has the ability to interact with people at any level in order to influence managers in making decisions and skills to communicate effectively, both oral and written to prepare and present briefs, presentations, factual reports to high-level management personnel. Mr. Kortmeyer has immense experience in working with telecommunications specialists and managers from other agencies and contractors.
Mr. Kortmeyer joined STF in October 2020 as a Senior MUOS Trainer.