Deployment of 5G on Military Bases



This session will educate and engage the audience on 5G technologies and how the technologies will be deployed on military bases.

Participants will learn about the history of commercial wireless on military bases and the obstacles faced. Discussion will also include approach to 5G implementation with necessary infrastructure and collaborative efforts.

Learning Objectives

Objective 1:          Provide a foundation for the understanding of 5G technologies and infrastructure.

Objective 2:          Explain current processes required to place 5G on military bases and challenge the audience to think of ways to improve the deployments.

Objective 3:          Provoke thought about ways that 5G will improve systems and the operation of military bases.




Marshall Phelps Pearsall, Wireless Infrastructure Consultant at KCI Technologies INC.

Marshall Pearsall is a wireless infrastructure consultant with KCI Technologies. With a communications career spanning over 30 years, Marshall is a recognized wireless professional with extensive real estate, zoning, regulatory, construction and legislative experience. Since joining KCI in 2017, Marshall has strived to be a bridge between private wireless entities and the government sector to facilitate collaborative efforts for the placement of wireless devices in public spaces.


James Hildebrand, President, Government Solutions at Signal Point Systems

James Hildebrand began his wireless telecom career in October of 1994. His first job within the wireless industry began at Sears in Wilmington NC. During his tenure, James was in the computer sales department selling programed phones for Sprint Cellular. James solidified his career within the wireless industry in 1999 with a small site acquisition company called Integrated Wireless Alliance. During this time, he worked multiple states for all the major carriers: Sprint, Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. A vast amount of James experience was during his career with Verizon Wireless (14+ years) where he was responsible for multiple real estate projects, new tower builds, modifications, in building, DAS, oDAS, and in recent years, Small Cell. In April 2019, James embraced his passion, taking his career to new levels as the President of Government Solutions with Signal Point Systems. As President of Government Solutions his focus is growing the wireless infrastructure on military bases throughout the United States. The goal of Jim and his team is to enhance the mission ability and quality of life for each person serving our great nation.


Michael Frnka, Military Site Acquisition Manager, Government Solutions at Signal Point Systems

Michael Frnka joined the small cell project initiative as a senior Army advisor to provide improved wireless broadband coverage for the US Armed Service Branches in May 2014. He has over 40 years of experience as a civilian engineer for the U.S. Army.  After Mr. Frnka earned his BS in Industrial Engineering at Texas A&M (TAMU), he worked for the US Army. He then moved to the Army Electronics Command at Fort Monmouth, NJ, 1972-73 where he worked on the Army’s teletype systems. He moved to the Army Aviation Depot Maintenance Center at Corpus Christi, TX as a Production Engineer from 1973-76 then moved oversees to Iran as an engineer contract administrator on the Bell Helicopter Foreign Military Sales program from 1976-79. Michael returned to the states to Fort McPherson, GA in 1979 as the Chief, Engineer Resource Management Division for the Facilities Engineer until moving to US Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) in 1982. He succeeded in a variety of positions in all six divisions within the FORSCOM Engineers as he progressed to the senior civilian position of Deputy Engineer responsible for an annual budget of about $2 billion over 12 major Army bases. With an Army reorganization, the new Installation Management Command (IMCOM) began to unify the base support functions within the US Army in 2002 and as the Southeast Region Public Works Division Chief, he was responsible for the facilities engineering, housing, and environmental programs of 20 Army installations in eight southeastern states and Puerto Rico and an average annual budget of over $1 billion. In 2008 he was re-employed as Engineer liaison for DoD 2005 Base Realignment and Closure to move 3,300 staff from 2 major Army HQ. After retirement in 2011, he began supporting the IMCOM DPW Academy as an Assistant Instructor for the Public Works Academy.

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Deployment of 5G on Military Bases
Start Date/Time:
Thursday, October 22, 2020 12:00 PM
End Date/Time:
Thursday, October 22, 2020 1:00 PM