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254TH COMBAT COMMUNICATIONS GROUP

Posted 4/25/2012 Printable Fact Sheet
 
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254th Combat Communications Group

The 254th Combat Communications Group is located in Hensley Field Air Guard Station, Dallas, TX. The 254th provides worldwide command, control, communications and computer (C4) systems, information management and combat support critical to war fighting capabilities.

Federal Mission
The 254th Combat Communications Group provides planning, engineering, command level coordination, and a wide array of tactical communications solutions to the combatant command or joint task force. The 254th also provides command oversight and leadership to five aligned units spanning five states.

State Mission
The 254th Combat Communications Group's State mission is to provide ready forces to the state of Texas during local or statewide emergencies for protecting life and property, and to preserve peace, order, and public safety. The 254th Combat Communications Group also provides the Adjutant General with voice and data communications throughout the state in contingencies where communications capabilities are degraded or emergency personnel need additional capabilities.

To accomplish this mission, the 254th commands and controls five squadrons across Texas, Louisiana, Illinois, Mosouri and Alabama - the 221st Combat Communications Squadron, collocated with the 254th CCG at Dallas TX, 236th Combat Communications Squadron, Hammond, LA, 264 Combat Communications Squadron, Peoria, IL, 285 Combat Communications Squadron, 232 Combat Communications Squadron.

The community has come to know the 254th as a helping hand in times of trouble. When Hurricane Katrina struck the golf coast, the 254th supported the disaster relief by deploying over 220 personnel to LA, MS, and TX for hurricane relief and recovery. The deployed personnel established air-to-ground radio links for 200-300 helicopter flights per day, set up mobile air traffic control towers in New Orleans and Gulfport, and initiated state-wide long term communications planning.

The 221st Combat Communications Squadron is co-located in Garland with the 254th Combat Communications Group. The function of the 221st Combat Communications Squadron is to provide communications in a deployed environment. Such requirements may include establishing a Local Area Network, Telephone Network, Wide Area Network, and Radio Communications. All this while ensuring reliable connectivity for those parties serviced and maintaining mission effectiveness.

In October 1986, the unit was re-designated the 254th Combat Communications Group. The Group has deployed its personnel and equipment to all corners of the United States and overseas to include Europe, Asia, and Africa.

An impressive record of achievements has been compiled by the 254th throughout the years. It was the first Air National Guard organization tasked to be the lead combat communications unit in a Joint Chief of Staff-directed exercise, BRAVE SHIELD 12. In1979 became the first ANG unit deployed to the European theater to provide communications support for a NATO series of exercises.

In 2006, the 254th CCG received the General Harold M. McClelland award for ANG, recognizing the group as the best large communications unit in the Air National Guard. In 2006, the 254th CCG also received the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. The 254th CCG has received the National Guard Association of Texas Outstanding Unit Achievement Awards for Air numerous times. These accomplishments reflect a continuing tradition of consistently outstanding performance by the 254th CCG.







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