285th Civil Engineering Squadron
|285th Civil Engineering Squadron|
Satellite Communications transmitter of the 285th Combat Communications Squadron
|Active||May 7, 1980 – present|
|Allegiance||U.S. Virgin Islands|
|Branch||Air National Guard|
|Role||USSOUTHCOM combat support|
|Part of||Air National Guard|
|Garrison/HQ||St Croix ANGS, United States Virgin Islands|
|Emblem of the 285th Combat Communications Squadron|
The United States Air Force's 285th Civil Engineering Squadron (285 CES) is an Air National Guard civil engineering unit located at St Croix ANGS. It is in a two-year transition period from combat communications to a Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force mission.
On 7 May 1980 the 285th Combat Communications Flight (CMBTCF) was established, creating the first unit of the Virgin Islands Air National Guard. The flight was upgraded to a squadron in 1996 and made a name for itself following the devastation of Hurricane Hugo to the region in 1989, when the unit and its installation became the heart of recovery operations for St. Croix.
|2012 change of command|
On 3 March 2012 the unit was redesignated a Civil Engineering Squadron after losing its communications mission.
Major command/gaining command
- Air National Guard/ (???- ???)
- 226th Combat Communications Group (1980-?)
- 285th Combat Communications Flight (1980–1996)
- 285th Combat Communications Squadron (1996–3 March 2012)
- 285th Civil Engineering Squadron (3 March 2012 – present)
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