The 38 CEIG, Tinker AFB, Okla., is a subordinate unit under the 688th Cyberspace Wing, 24th Air Force, JBSA-Lackland, Texas.

The 38 CEIG, Tinker AFB, Okla., is a subordinate unit under the 688th Cyberspace Wing, 24th Air Force, JBSA-Lackland, Texas.

The 38th Cyberspace Engineering Installation Group (38 CEIG) headquartered at Tinker Air Force Base (AFB), Oklahoma, is the Air Force's premier engineering and installation group - the backbone of the cyberspace domain.  The Group boasts five squadrons – the 38th Engineering Squadron (38 ES), the 38th Contracting Squadron             (38 CONS) and the 38th Operations Support Squadron  (38 OSS) – all at Tinker AFB, the 38th Cyberspace Readiness Squadron (38 CYRS) at Scott AFB, Ill. and the 85th Engineering Installation Squadron (85 EIS) at Keesler AFB, Miss. 

Deliver a resilient infrastructure to further operations in and through the cyberspace domain.

Air Force experts delivering a robust, secure, and resilient cyberspace domain supporting Air Force and Joint missions for the National Defense.

Employing over 550 specially skilled civilian and military professionals.  Including the two geographically separated locations, the 38 CEIG provides expert and rapid engineering planning, implementing and installation capabilities delivering the latest cyberspace infrastructure systems and equipment to mission partners worldwide during both peace and war time conditions. In addition to engineers, contracting, budget, information technology and program management professionals are the primary skill sets required to execute the Group’s mission.

The 38 CEIG is part of the 688th Cyberspace Wing headquartered at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, under 24th Air Force (24 AF) and Air Force Space Command. The Group is organized into five squadrons. 

The 38 ES provides technical guidance on the development and documentation of the cyberspace infrastructure by translating mission-based requirements into achievable solutions.  Cyberspace Integrators (CSIs) provide worldwide systems engineering, technical consultation and implementation to cyberspace communications and infrastructure planning, in collaboration with Air Force, DoD and other government agencies.  In addition, 24 AF tasks Special Mission Teams (SMTs) to perform missions regarding network and infrastructure operability.  Program Managers in 38 ES oversee the AF Work Plan, ensuring the AF cyberspace infrastructure is mission ready.

The 85 EIS is the home of the AF's only active duty EIS. The almost 200 Airmen and Civilians can design, engineer and install the full range of Communication and Information (C&I) equipment and components typically found at a fixed site and other specialty systems unique to expeditionary forces.  They are also the only organization in the DoD to provide specialized engineering services such as electromagnetic hazard and interference investigations and High Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse (HEMP) protection. During contingencies, the 85 EIS can deliver their unique skills to the warfighter within 72 hours - anywhere in the world, which is why their motto is, "With Pride, Worldwide!"

The 38 CYRS serves as the AF lead and DoD-level representative for all provisioning, requirements, budgeting, management and sustainment for the AF’s Defense Information Services Network (DISN) and non-DISN Long Haul Communications services and circuits.  The Squadron provides MAJCOM Common C&I Systems Management support, policy development and subject matter expertise for all IT Asset Management, personal wireless communications systems and cable and antenna systems.

The 38 CONS is the preferred contracting squadron for the 24 AF and communications mission partners worldwide.  They provide local telephone (dial-tone) service with over 238 Communication Service Authorizations procured and administered by contracting professionals.  They develop, award, and administer contracts to assist 38 CEIG mission partners with acquisitions to satisfy their base telecommunications and cyberspace infrastructure requirements.  38 CONS supports the cyberspace mission of 24 AF by procuring and administering large, complex contracts to assist in the defense of the AF’s vast network enabling 24 AF to tirelessly manage the AF’s full spectrum of cyberspace capabilities.

The 38 OSS is responsible for all areas of personnel management to include employment planning, performance management and disciplinary issues.  They support mission partners by providing timely and relevant financial management information and oversee the 38 CEIG POM process and manage O&M as well as mission partner funds to include AF Work Plan dollars.  Government and contractor personnel manage the Cyberspace Infrastructure Planning System (CIPS).  This is the AF enterprise tool of choice for tracking telecommunication engineering and installation (E&I) requirements cradle-to-grave and provides a collaborative environment for jointly managing the cyberspace infrastructure.  Information Technology professionals are responsible for a multitude of areas in support of the Group such as Information Assurance, Emission Security, hardware/software management and also frequently called upon to support 38 ES SMTs.   

Although the 38 CEIG at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma traces its origins to the late 1940s, its most direct antecedent was the Ground Electronics Engineering Installation Agency (GEEIA).  Formed in June 1958 as a subordinate agency under Air Materiel Command, GEEIA was the Air Forces’ first unified engineering and installation organization.  The agency's purpose was to provide the Air Force with centralized management of worldwide E&I resources.  GEEIA was divided into five geographic regions, three in the United States, one in Europe and the other in the Pacific.  Each region had its own headquarters and several subordinate installation squadrons.  This E&I arrangement carried the Air Force into the Vietnam conflict before the Air Force reorganized engineering functions in 1970. Air Staff merged GEEIA into the Air Force Communications Service--later Air Force Communications Command (AFCC)--as the Air Force entered the post-Vietnam era.  During the mid-1970s, the communications service tried a short-lived and basically unsuccessful experiment by merging most of its E&I squadrons into existing O&M units.  The hybrid organizations created by this experiment--the so-called communications groups (CIGs)--proved unworkable.
In 1979, AFCC embarked on extensive reorganization plans that would not only break up the CIGs into their component E&I and O&M segments, but also reestablish centralized management of the command's E&I resources.  It took 2 years for the reorganization to become a reality.  On 1 June 1981, AFCC established the Engineering Installation Center (EIC) at Tinker AFB as the single manager for the worldwide engineering and installation mission. Consolidation of project materials into one warehouse at Tinker was effected the next year.  On 1 March 1985, the Air Force authorized changing the EIC's name to the Engineering Installation Division (EID), which better reflected its character as a major headquarters with subordinate units.
Prompted by the frenetic pace of change and innovation in the electronics industry, the E&I mission underwent another change in 1987.  During that year, HQ USAF designated AFCC as one of its three acquisition organizations.  Concurrently the EID became one of AFCC's two acquisition divisions.  EID thus enlarged its mission to include procurement of off-the-shelf communications equipment/services and life-cycle support. Another change in the E&I world came about as result of the end of the Cold War and the clamor to redefine the Air Force mission in a rapidly changing world.  On 1 October 1991, the EID reorganized--the major change was the absorption of the software unit, the Command and Control Systems Center--and became the Communications Systems Center (CSC).  CSC leaders created a new structure, which accommodated a more effective business-management approach to satisfying the communications-computer requirements of our Air Force and DoD customers.  On 1 October 1993, CSC became part of Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) reporting to the Electronic Systems Center (ESC).  The next evolutionary step occurred on 8 November 1994 when the Air Force inactivated CSC and stood up the 38th Engineering Installation Wing (EIW).  On 4 February 2000, 38 EIW was inactivated and E&I responsibilities transferred solely to the 38th Engineering Installation Group (38 EIG) located at Tinker AFB OK.   This step marked a major shift in emphasis for E&I from predominantly organic E&I services to predominantly contract services.
On 18 August 2009, HQ 38 EIG was relieved of assignment to AFMC and assigned to AFSPC, 24 AF and 688 IOW.  Concurrently the organization was re-designated as HQ 38th Cyberspace Engineering Group (CEG).  Also on this date, the current organization of 85 EIS was relieved from assignment to ACC and assigned to AFSPC.  This would be the second time that 85 EIS was a squadron under what is currently known as 38 CEIG.  From 17 January 1995 to 27 July 2005, they were 738 EIS under then 38 EIG.

The current organization was established on 6 January 2012 when HQ 38th CEG was re-designated as HQ 38th Cyberspace Engineering Installation Group (38 CEIG) and remained assigned to 688 IOW.  The following units were activated at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma on 6 January 2012 and assigned to the 38th CEIG:  38th Engineering Squadron, 38th Operations Support Squadron and 38th Contracting Squadron.  On 21 March 2012, 38 CONS Operating Location A (OL-A) was activated.  Three authorizations were aligned under the 38 CONS to help support the 24 AF contracts. On 27 April 2012 38 CYRS activated, transferring Scope Edge, Common C&I Systems and Long Haul Communications from AFNIC to 38 CEIG.  This after an AFSPC study to determine how best to incorporate its unique cyberspace capabilities into standard AFSPC processes and mechanisms.

(Current as of September 2016)

Point of Contact:
38 CEIG, Public Affairs Office; 4029 Hilltop Road; Tinker AFB, OK  73145; DSN 339-4759 or (405) 739-4759.