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252d Cyberspace Operations Group
Active 1953 – present
Country Flag of the United States.svg United States
Allegiance Flag of Washington.svg Washington
Branch US-AirNationalGuard-2007Emblem  Air National Guard
Type Cyberspace operations
Part of Washington Air National Guard
Garrison/HQ Camp Murray, Tacoma, Washington
Decorations Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
252d Cyberspace Operations Group emblem 252 Communications Gp emblem

The 252d Combat Cyberspace Operations Group is a unit of the Washington Air National Guard at Camp Murray, Tacoma, Washington. It is assigned to the 194th Regional Support Wing. The 252d has squadrons at Camp Murray, and two geographically separated units at Fairchild Air Force Base.[1]


The 252d Combat Communications Group provides mobile communication capabilities at home during state emergencies and while deployed around the world.[2]


The 252nd Communications Group was activated at Geiger Field in Spokane, Washington, on 1 April 1953.[3] It was redesignated as the 252d Communications Group (Mobile) in October 1960. In March 1962, the 252d relocated from Geiger Field to the Four Lakes Communications Station, a former Nike missile site near Cheney, Washington. In June 1971, the 252d closed operations at Four Lakes and moved to Paine Air National Guard Base in Everett, Washington.[4][5]


  • Established as the 252nd Communications Group on 1 April 1953
Redesignated 252d Communications Group (Mobile) on 1 October 1960
Redesignated 252d Mobile Communications Grouo on 16 March 1968
Redesignated 252d Combat Communications Group on 1 April 1976
Redesignated 252d Combat Information Systems Group on 1 July 1985
Redesignated 252d Combat Communications Group on 1 October 1986
Redesignated 252d Cyberspace Operations Group c. April 2015[6]


Gaining command
Air Force Communications Service (later Air Force Communications Command, Air Force Information Systems Command, Air Force Communications Caommand), 1968-1990
Tactical Air Command, 1953-1068, 1990-1992
Air Combat Command, 1992-2009
Air Force Space Command, 2009-present


  • 143d Communications Squadron (later 143d Mobile Communications Squadron, 143d Combat Communications Squadron, 143d Combat Informations Systems Squadron, 143d Combat Communications Squadron, 143d Information Operations Squadron), 16 March 1968 – present[7]
  • 194th Intelligence Squadron
  • 214th Communications Construction Squadron, 1 April 1953 – 1954
  • 215th Communications Construction Squadron (later 215th Electronics Installation Squadron, 215th Engineering and Installation Squadron) (at Paine Air National Guard Base), 1 June 1953 – 1 January 1959, 1 May 1970 – by 2012
  • 221st Mobile Communications Squadron, 15 March 1968 – April 1971
  • 221st Radio Relay Squadron, 1 January 1963 – 15 March 1968
  • 222d Radio Relay Squadron, 1 April 1953 – 1 September 1960
  • 242d Mobile Communications Squadron (later 242d Combat Communications Squadron, 242d Combat Information Systems Squadron, 242d Combat Communications Squadron) (at Fairchild Air Force Base), 1 June 1961 – present[1]
  • 244th Mobile Communications Squadron (later 244th Combat Communications Flight, 244th Combat Information Systems Squadron, 244th Combat Communications Squadron),[8] 15 March 1968 – 2006
  • 244th Radio Relay Squadron, 1961 – 15 March 1968
  • 256th Mobile Communications Squadron (later 256th Combat Communications Squadron, 256th Combat Information /Systems Squadron, 256th Combat Communications Squadron, 256th Intelligence Squadron) (at Fairchild Air Force Base),[1] 19 June 1971 – present
  • 262d Communications Squadron (later 262d Mobile Communications Squadron, 262d Combat Communications Squadron, 262d Combat Information Systems Squadron, 262d Combat Communications Squadron, 262d Information Warfare Aggressor Squadron, 262nd Network Warfare Squadron, 262d Cyberspace Operations Squadron 01NOV2017) (at Joint Base Lewis-McChord), 1 April 1953 – present[7][9]
  • 233d Mobile Communications Flight (later 233d Flight Facilities Flight), 1 June 1961 – 7 December 1971
  • 244th Combat Communications Flight (see 244th Mobile Communications Squadron)



  • Colonel Steven Hilsdon (c. 2012)[10]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Team Fairchild". Fairchild Air Force Base. Archived from the original on 6 January 2011. Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  2. "194th Regional Support Wing". Washington Air National Guard. Archived from the original on 20 April 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  3. Field, Virgil (1967). The Official History of the Washington National Guard. Volume VII: Washington National Guard in Post World War II. Camp Murray, Washington: Washington National Guard State Historical Society. Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  4. Morgan, Mark (March 2002). "Til They Glow Tour 1/02". Ed Thelen's Nike Missile Web Site. Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  5. "Air Guard Group to Be Reorganized". 7 April 1971. Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  6. Zeiger, Hans (April 2015). "252nd becomes Cyber Operations Group". Work of Honor. Retrieved May 4, 2017. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 Adam Ashton (7 October 2012). "WA National Guard focusing on cyber security". Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  8. "244th Combat Communications Squadron". Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  9. 262nd Network Warfare Squadron Archived 20 April 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. 194th Regional Support Wing: 143d CBCS Change of Command
  11. "Air Force Personnel Services: Unit Awards". Air Force Personnel Center. Retrieved May 4, 2017.  (search)

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