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Comm Unit 14C Leader
Horace Maddox, AE4VY
This unit began as a vision in January, 1996, when it was determined that there
was a need for first responder communications unit for the northern part of the
state. At the time only two people in the Association had GBC Phase 1 training
in communications. Contacts were made with several Christian individuals about
In February, seven people took Phase I Communications training at the Georgia
Baptist Assembly in Toccoa. In March, four individuals participated in Unit
Director training at Camp Kaleo. In May, three more volunteers took Phase I
training at the Georgia Baptist Assembly at Norman Park, giving a total of
12 certified communicators in the Gainesville area.
All trained volunteers are Amateur Radio Operators (Hams) and are familiar
with various forms and modes of communications.
Outside today's Unit 14C Trailer
We had been searching for a trailer to outfit for Communications since late
Spring, 1996 but had not been able to locate one suitable for our needs.
Several members of the team had been praying that one would be found. On
August 22, a fully outfitted trailer became available to us at a price well
below its value. It's total estimated worth was $14,000-$15,000. We were able
to obtain it for $7,500. We were able to raise $3,900 from donations from
individuals and the Blackshear Place Baptist Church. God provided the rest
in a very unexpected and unique way.
The unit was picked up on September 4. The team was put on a two hour alert
on September 5. On September 6, the unit and team were called into service
and deployed to Burgaw, North Carolina to support and provide logistical
communications for two Feeding Units and two Clean-up/Recovery Units (GBC)
that had been activated due to the devastation by Hurricane Fran. We feel
that God answered our prayers by making the trailer available to us. The
timing of this event was phenomenal.
The team had not had the opportunity to have an organizational meeting prior
to departure. We assembled, prayed for guidance and departed in a convoy for
North Carolina on the afternoon of September 6. We were set up and operational
within 30 minutes after arriving on the Disaster Relief Site. We immediately
established contact with a Feeding and Clean-up/Recovery Unit that had been
deployed to Warsaw, North Carolina, which was 44 miles north of our site. We
also established radio contact with the American Red Cross, the local
Emergency Operations Center and the GBC Disaster Relief Director, allowing
our efforts to be totally coordinated for maximum efficiency.
After returning, we had our organizational meeting at the CBA Office on
September 9, with 39 people present. Of those, 17 were already certified and
the remainder were interested in volunteering with this unit. That evening
15 more people committed to go to Phase I training that was made available
in January, 1997.
Since our early days, unit 14C has been called into service all over our
State and many areas of our Nation providing critical communications with
relief efforts form many Hurricanes, Floods, Tornados and The World Trade
From our humble beginnings of less than 20 volunteers back in 1996, our volunteer
base has increased to over 160 communications volunteers and counting. God is
truly working within this Ministry.