689th Combat Communications Wing gears up for combat competition in Guardian Challenge

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. - The 5th Combat Communications Group (aka 5th MOB) Combat Challenge team conduct rifle firing drills March 5.  The team went through several shooting positions and fired dozens of rounds of ammunition, focusing on safe weapons handling and accurate shooting.   The Airmen are training to ensure the 5th MOB team takes home the gold in the challenge to be held at Tinker AFB, Okla., April 17 to 19. Combat Challenge, historically the Air Force’s combat communications competition which ran from 1986 to 1996, has been resurrected as part of the Air Force Space Command’s Guardian Challenge 2010. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Master Sgt. Robert Talenti)

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. - The 5th Combat Communications Group (aka 5th MOB) Combat Challenge team conduct rifle firing drills March 5. The team went through several shooting positions and fired dozens of rounds of ammunition, focusing on safe weapons handling and accurate shooting. The Airmen are training to ensure the 5th MOB team takes home the gold in the challenge to be held at Tinker AFB, Okla., April 17 to 19. Combat Challenge, historically the Air Force’s combat communications competition which ran from 1986 to 1996, has been resurrected as part of the Air Force Space Command’s Guardian Challenge 2010. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Master Sgt. Robert Talenti)

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. - Staff Sgt. David Foster, 5th Combat Communications Group (aka 5th MOB) Combat Challenge team member practices proper form, breathing and weapons site calibration to ensure he is placing lead on target March 5.  The 5th MOB combat challenge team is practicing to ensure that their sharp-shooting skills will take the top prize in the challenge to be held at Tinker AFB, Okla., April 17 to 19.  Combat Challenge, historically the Air Force’s combat communications competition which ran from 1986 to 1996, has been resurrected as part of the Air Force Space Command’s Guardian Challenge 2010. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Master Sgt. Robert Talenti)

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. - Staff Sgt. David Foster, 5th Combat Communications Group (aka 5th MOB) Combat Challenge team member practices proper form, breathing and weapons site calibration to ensure he is placing lead on target March 5. The 5th MOB combat challenge team is practicing to ensure that their sharp-shooting skills will take the top prize in the challenge to be held at Tinker AFB, Okla., April 17 to 19. Combat Challenge, historically the Air Force’s combat communications competition which ran from 1986 to 1996, has been resurrected as part of the Air Force Space Command’s Guardian Challenge 2010. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Master Sgt. Robert Talenti)

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. - Airman 1st Class Frank Fauland, Airman 1st Class Dallas Maltby, and Staff Sgt. David Foster (front to back), of the 5th Combat Communications Group (aka 5th MOB) Combat Challenge team, prepare their magazines for M-16 rifle practice March 5.  The team went through several shooting positions and fired dozens of rounds of ammunition, focusing on safe weapons handling and accurate shooting.   The Airmen are training to ensure the 5th MOB team takes home the gold in the challenge to be held at Tinker AFB, Okla., April 17 to 19. Combat Challenge, historically the Air Force’s combat communications competition which ran from 1986 to 1996, has been resurrected as part of the Air Force Space Command’s Guardian Challenge 2010. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Master Sgt. Robert Talenti)

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. - Airman 1st Class Frank Fauland, Airman 1st Class Dallas Maltby, and Staff Sgt. David Foster (front to back), of the 5th Combat Communications Group (aka 5th MOB) Combat Challenge team, prepare their magazines for M-16 rifle practice March 5. The team went through several shooting positions and fired dozens of rounds of ammunition, focusing on safe weapons handling and accurate shooting. The Airmen are training to ensure the 5th MOB team takes home the gold in the challenge to be held at Tinker AFB, Okla., April 17 to 19. Combat Challenge, historically the Air Force’s combat communications competition which ran from 1986 to 1996, has been resurrected as part of the Air Force Space Command’s Guardian Challenge 2010. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Master Sgt. Robert Talenti)

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. - Senior Airman Damianous Razzouq and Airman 1st Class Jon Delgado, 5th Combat Communications Group (aka 5th MOB) Combat Challenge team members, push each other to be the fastest across the pool March 4.  Both Airmen are training to ensure the 5th MOB team takes home the gold in the challenge to be held at Tinker AFB, Okla., April 17 to 19. Combat Challenge, historically the Air Force’s combat communications competition which ran from 1986 to 1996, has been resurrected as part of the Air Force Space Command’s Guardian Challenge 2010. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Master Sgt. Robert Talenti)

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. - Senior Airman Damianous Razzouq and Airman 1st Class Jon Delgado, 5th Combat Communications Group (aka 5th MOB) Combat Challenge team members, push each other to be the fastest across the pool March 4. Both Airmen are training to ensure the 5th MOB team takes home the gold in the challenge to be held at Tinker AFB, Okla., April 17 to 19. Combat Challenge, historically the Air Force’s combat communications competition which ran from 1986 to 1996, has been resurrected as part of the Air Force Space Command’s Guardian Challenge 2010. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Master Sgt. Robert Talenti)

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- Even with more than 20 percent of its Airmen deployed to the four corners of the globe, the 689th Combat Communications Wing is in full gear honing their physical, mental, technical and combat skill-sets, and preparing for Guardian Challenge 2010.
 
Both the 3rd Combat Communications Group, also known as the 3rd Herd from Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. and the 5th Combat Communications Group, known as the 5th MOB from Robins AFB have identified their teams for the "Combat Challenge" competition being incorporated into GC 2010.

Historically the CC was the Air Force's combat communications competition that ran from 1986 to 1996. It tested units' ability to rapidly and effectively set up communications in field conditions.

This year the competition will take place at Tinker AFB from April 17 to 19. CC10 events will include team events in air base defense, comm site set up, physical fitness, shooting, tent city construction and Airman's Manual knowledge.

"The CC10 tasks that our Airman are being evaluated on mirror the skill sets that we perform on a day-to-day basis in a combat environment," said Col. Amando Gavino, 689th CCW vice commander.

Although these events are 'nothing new' for combat comm Airmen, the competition does provide them an opportunity to further sharpen their skills, Colonel Gavino explained. The teams are training several hours a day by focusing their efforts in physical conditioning workouts, ground tactics, tent building, weapons practice, and vehicle tire replacement exercises.

After this is over, the Airmen will be even better than they were before the challenge. Competition breeds excellence - especially in the Combat Comm world, said Colonel Gavino.

This training is an exercise in teamwork - like a pit crew at the big race each member finds their niche, said Chief Master Sgt. Bryce Maxson, 689th CCW command chief master sergeant. They find what they are best at and focus on how to improve their speed, strength, and anticipation of what the Airman next to them will do or can do.

"CC10 will showcase our outstanding and professional Airmen, exercising exactly what we do every day -- technically, physically, and mentally prepared to exceed the combat comm mission," Chief Maxson said.

The 689th CCW is an Air Force Space Command unit reporting to 24th Air Force at Lackland AFB, Texas. The Wing provides combat cyberspace communications, Hammer Ace and air traffic control for U.S. military and humanitarian operations anywhere in the world.

The Wing's war cry is 'Combat Comm... Fear the B.E.A.S.T!' (B = Bravery, E = Expeditionary/Excellence, A = Attitude/Advocacy, S = Standards/Compliance, T = Teamwork), and we intend to use it, said Chief Maxson.