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33d Combat Communications Squadron

33d Combat Communications Squadron
33d Combat Communications Squadron Emblem
Active 1950 – 2013
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Role Tactical communications
Size Squadron
Part of

Air Force Space Command/

3d Combat Communications Group
Garrison/HQ Tinker AFB, Oklahoma
Motto "Mess with the Bull, Get the Horns"
Colors Blue
Capt. Matthew W. Meckes

The 33d Combat Communications Squadron (33 CCS) was a United States Air Force combat communications squadron, located at Tinker AFB. They deployed quality communications-computer systems and air traffic services for military operations and emergency missions under hostile and base conditions anytime, anywhere. The 33d CCS was inactivated as part of the overall inactivation of the 3 CCG (Combat Communications Group) in May 2012. In January 2013 the 33d was unofficially merged with the 31st CCS as part of the inactivation proceedings. The unit is expecting to be completely inactivated no later than October 2013.[1][2][3][4]


Provide engineering team and expeditionary communications to support advance, initial reception of forces, and "reach forward" deployment of key personnel. Provide communications infrastructure to activate and robust two air expeditionary wings (AEW) with a maximum boots on ground of 3,000 persons each. Provide deployed base information infrastructure across the full spectrum of operations. Provide connectivity for base infrastructure and from base infrastructure to theatre information infrastructure. Provide power and environmental control where these services are not available from host or wing civil engineering. Provide theatre-level services including global broadcast system tactical receive suite, line of sight and intra-theatre information infrastructure. Provide air traffic control services to one AEW.[5]


The 33d has been a part of the 3d Combat Communications Group since its re-inception as a unit in 1988. The 33d has deployed in support of missions throughout both conflicts in the Mid East, including direct support of operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn. The 33d has provided reliable deployable communications and tactical air field and air traffic control support for more than two decades.

In May 2012 the 33d, along with all of its sister squadrons and command group, we slated for inactivation in fiscal year 2013.[6]


Major Command


Previous designations

  • None

Bases stationed


  • Maj Roy "Chip" Brown July (1988-1989)
  • Capt John Haven (1989-1992)
  • Lt Col James Cresta (1992-1994)
  • Lt Col Frank K. Brooks
  • Lt Col Kurt Klausner
  • Lt Col Beau Buder (1997-1998)
  • Lt Col Edward Keegan July (1998 – 2000)
  • Lt Col Mark Langenderfer
  • Lt Col Amy Dayton
  • Lt Col Paula Gregory July (2004 – 2006)
  • Maj. Terrence Adams (2006 - 2008)
  • Maj. Jennifer Lavaty July (2008 - )
  • Lt. Col Yashua Gustafson (2010 – 2012)
  • Capt. Matthew W. Meckes (2012 – 2013)


  • Campaign Streamers. Southwest Asia: Defense of Saudi Arabia; Liberation and Defense of Kuwait.
  • Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 May 1990-30 Apr 1992; 1 Apr 1992-31 Mar 1994; 1 Apr-31 Dec 1994; 1 Jan 1995-31 May 1996; 1 Jun 1996-31 May 1997; 1 Jun 1999-31 May 2001; 1 Jun 2001-31 May 2002.
  • Meritorious Unit Award: 1 Jun 2008-31 May 2009.

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ Tim Talley, Associated Press, Air Force cutting 600-person Tinker unit, 6 March 2012
  3. ^ Air Force Space Command Public Affairs, Inactivation of the 3rd Combat Communications Group
  4. ^ AFSPC vice commander addresses 3rd Herd impending inactivation, 4/5/2012, Brandice J. O'Brien, Tinker Air Force Base Public Affairs
  5. ^
  6. ^

External links

  • Tinker AFB, Oklahoma
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