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256th Intelligence Squadron
Active 1971-present
Country  United States
Allegiance  Washington
Branch US-AirNationalGuard-2007Emblem.svg  Air National Guard
Type Intelligence
Part of Washington Air National Guard
Garrison/HQ Fairchild Air Force Base, Spokane, Washington

The 256th Intelligence Squadron (256 IS) is a unit of the Washington Air National Guard at Fairchild Air Force Base, Spokane, Washington. It is a geographically separate unit (GSU) assigned to the 252d Combat Communications Group at Camp Murray, Washington. Prior to converting to an intelligence mission, the 256th was a combat communications squadron.

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History[edit | edit source]

The 256th Mobile Communications Squadron was activated in 1971 at Paine Air National Guard Base in Everett, Washington.[1] In 1976, the squadron relocated to Camp Murray near Tacoma, Washington.[2] In 1980, the 256th was recognized by Governor Dixy Lee Ray for supporting the recovery efforts following the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens. The unit was redesignated as the 256th Combat Communications Squadron in 1984. Several 256th personnel deployed to Saudi Arabia in during the 1991 Gulf War.

In 1996, the 256th relocated to the Four Lakes Communications Station,[2] a former Nike missile site near Cheney, Washington.[3] The unit took over facilities formerly used by the 105th Air Control Squadron, which was inactivated at the same time. The 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission determined that Four Lakes should close and that the 256th should relocated to the nearby Fairchild Air Force Base.[4] The move to Fairchild was completed in 2009.[3] Before relocating, the 256th deployed to Iraq as part of the Iraq War.

After the move to Fairchild, the 256th began conversion to an intelligence mission, and it was redesignated as the 256th Intelligence Squadron in 2013.[5]

Lineage[edit | edit source]

  • Established as 256th Mobile Communications Squadron (256 MCSq), 1971
Redesignated 256th Combat Communications Squadron (256 CBCS), 1984
Redesignated 256th Intelligence Squadron (256 IS), 2013

Assignments[edit | edit source]

Gained by Air Force Communications Command, 1981-1990
Gained by Tactical Air Command, 1990-1992
Gained by Air Combat Command, 1992-2009
Gained by Air Force Space Command, 2009-2013
Gained by Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency, 2013-present

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