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689thn Combat Communications Wing
689th Combat Communications Wing
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The 689th Combat Communications Wing or "The Cyber Beast" is one of the three operational wings of Air Force Space Command's 24th Air Force. Headquartered at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., the 689 CCW's mission is to deliver combat communications for joint and coalition warfighters supporting combat operations and Humanitarian Relief Operations, anytime, anywhere. The wing has a projection force of 1,500 Airmen which provide tactical communications, computer systems, navigational aids, and air traffic control services anywhere in the world for the Air Force, Department of Defense, and other U.S. commitments. Total Force team members to include Department of Defense civilians and contractors are trained to deploy more than 150 mission systems providing initial services to a multitude of customers at various units in locations where communications and Air Traffic Control capabilities aren't established. Additionally, these Airmen are specially trained to perform their service under hostile conditions. The elements of the 689th CCW are self-sustaining and are able to operate from the initial phases of the expeditionary mission until relieved by follow-on forces and supplies.

The wing is comprised of the 3rd Combat Communications Group and 5th Combat Communications Group, each comprised of five squadrons. Because of its special ability to respond quickly, the 689th CCW also provides emergency services to many federal agencies. These services range from providing equipment to assist the Drug Enforcement Agency and U.S. Coast Guard in drug interdiction to establishing communications capabilities for first responders and senior U.S. Government officials during natural disasters. The 689th CCW also supports United States Central Command Air Forces and Joint Chiefs of Staff operations with missions and exercises in Southwest Asia, Central and South America and the Pacific theater. The wing responds to contingencies, emergencies and natural disasters both overseas and throughout the United States. In recent years, hundreds of 689th CCW Airmen were sent to the multiple Gulf Coast Regions in support of Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Gustav, and Hurricane Ike for relief operations.

Units of the 689th CCW have earned the prestigious Major General Harold M. McClelland Award as the Best Large Communications Unit in the Air Force for 1973, 1995, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2008. The 689th CCW has over 150 major awards to include the Air Force Meritorious Unit Awards, Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards, and the Air Force Organizational Excellence Award.

Combat Comm ..."Fear the Beast!"

(Current as of October 2011)

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