Team AEDC Frontlines: Mark Towry
By Bradley Hicks, AEDC/PA
/ Published May 13, 2020
ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, Tenn. --
Editor’s note: The Team AEDC Frontlines series is a recurring feature that puts the spotlight on some of the members of Team AEDC on the “frontlines” supporting our mission, people and families during the COVID-19 crisis.
Mark Towry is a system engineer with the Arnold Engineering Development Complex Base Communications and Information Technology Services team at Arnold Air Force Base. In his role, Towry, who has been at Arnold for 22 years, monitors and configures the Arnold Storage Area Network and VMware Virtual Environment.
Towry is among the members of Team AEDC who have continued to work on base throughout the Operationally Urgent posture now in place as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. When this posture first took effect, much of Towry’s focus was on helping base teleworkers access Arnold’s servers and applications through the virtual private network, allowing them to perform work tasks remotely. As VPN access has improved, Towry has migrated back to his typical job duties.
“My hour commute was relaxing with practically no traffic, but I was reminded of the seriousness of the COVID-19 situation upon entering the main gate. Lots can be done by teleworking, but sometimes you have to go in the computer room and push a button. Computers must stay online to give the end user access to data.”
Mark, thank you for all you do for Team AEDC!