Light Brigade® Reaches Major Fiber Optic Training Milestone

Tukwila, WA and Spartanburg, SC – The Light Brigade, AFL’s education and training division, has reached a major milestone training more than 50,000 people worldwide through its public and customized classes, e-learning programs and educational webinars.

Light Brigade’s training courses, which have been awarded a GSA contract from the United States government, cover the entire spectrum of fiber optics from basic theory, design, maintenance and testing through advanced topics such as FTTx, DWDM, SONET, fiber characterization and fiber optic video transmission. In addition, the company offers course development services in which training can be customized to target various skill levels, focus on specific subject matter or occur at different locations.

“We strive to maintain focus on developing technologies through our training programs,” said Larry Johnson, founder and director of Light Brigade. “This is an incredible milestone, and we will continue to design courses to best serve those who want to make informed decisions based on their own specific needs and applications in the fiber optic industry.”

Over the course of the last three decades, Light Brigade has expanded from a small company that developed training for the state of Washington to the worldwide leader in fiber optic training with training facilities and ventures throughout North America, Asia and Europe.

Light Brigade has worked in conjunction with prominent trade associations and organizations to create certification programs specifically designed for their respective industries such as the Certified Fiber to the Home Professional program for the FTTH Council. In addition, Light Brigade offers third-party certifications and accreditation through Electronics Technicians Association (ETA), Infocomm International, Building Industry Consulting Service International, Inc. (BICSI) and the Society of Cable Telecommunication Engineers (SCTE).

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About the Light Brigade
Since its founding in 1987, the Light Brigade has instructed more than 50,000 attendees worldwide in its public and custom classes on fiber optic design, maintenance and testing, including advanced topics such as FTTx, DWDM and PMD/CD. In addition to creating custom courses tailored to any need or skill level, the company produces educational DVDs and online courses that provide focus on specific fiber-related topics.

About AFL
AFL provides industry-leading products and services to the electric utility, broadband, communications, enterprise and OEM markets as well as the emerging markets of oil and gas, mining, nuclear, avionics, renewables and transportation. The company’s diverse product portfolio includes fiber optic cable, transmission and substation accessories, outside plant equipment, connectors, fusion splicers, test equipment and training. AFL’s service portfolio includes market-leading positions with the foremost communications companies supporting inside plant central office, EF&I, outside plant, enterprise and wireless areas.

Founded in 1984, AFL is proud to offer engineering expertise, exceptional products and reliable service that help our customers improve their critical and electrical infrastructure. AFL has operations in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Europe, Asia and the South Pacific. The company is headquartered in Spartanburg, SC and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan. For more information, visit

Dario De Paolis
VP/ General Manager
The Light Brigade

Corie Culp
PR Manager