285th Civil Engineering Squadron

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285th Civil Engineering Squadron
Radio antenna US Virgin Islands Air National Guard.JPG
Satellite Communications transmitter of the 285th Combat Communications Squadron
Active May 7, 1980 – present
Country  United States
Allegiance  U.S. Virgin Islands
Branch US-AirNationalGuard-2007Emblem.svg  Air National Guard
Type Civil Engineering
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 285th Combat Communications Squadron.PNG

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.[1]

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2012 change of command

Over the years, the unit has been involved in several contingency operations, to include Joint Endeavor, Uphold Democracy, Joint Forge, and both Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.

On 3 March 2012 the unit was redesignated a Civil Engineering Squadron after losing its communications mission.


Major command/gaining command


Previous designations

  • 285th Combat Communications Flight (1980–1996)
  • 285th Combat Communications Squadron (1996–3 March 2012)
  • 285th Civil Engineering Squadron (3 March 2012 – present)

Bases stationed


Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg

  • 1989
  • 1 January 1990 - 31 December 1990[2]
  • 1991
  • 1 September 1995 – 31 August 1997[3]


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