|256th Intelligence Squadron|
|Branch||Air National Guard|
|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.
Mission[edit | edit source]
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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. In 1976, the squadron relocated to Camp Murray near Tacoma, Washington. 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, a former Nike missile site near Cheney, Washington. 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. The move to Fairchild was completed in 2009. 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.
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]
- 252d Mobile Communications Group (later, 252d Combat Communications Group), 1971–present
- Washington Air National Guard, 1971–present
- 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
Stations[edit | edit source]
- Paine Air National Guard Base, 1971-1976
- Camp Murray, 1976-1996
- Four Lakes Communications Station, Cheney, Washington, 1996-2009
- Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, 2009–present
See also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- "Changes in Guard Units are Complex". June 14, 1971. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=jkQzAAAAIBAJ&sjid=c_gDAAAAIBAJ&pg=7112%2C4253396. Retrieved May 26, 2013.
- Herrick, Richard (May 27, 2011). "The 256CBCS History Page". The Home of The “Late” Great 256th CBCS. http://tbcus.com/256CBCS/index.php?selected=history. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
- "Former Four Lakes Communications Station". U.S. Air Force Civil Engineering Center. May 10, 2013. http://www.afcec.af.mil/library/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=20742. Retrieved May 26, 2013.
- "Affected BRAC 2005 Locations". Air Force BRAC Program Management Office. http://www.safie.hq.af.mil/library/factsheets/factsheet_print.asp?fsID=8747&page=1. Retrieved May 26, 2013.
- "Team Fairchild". Fairchild Air Force Base. http://www.fairchild.af.mil/library/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=14100. Retrieved May 26, 2013.
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