The 33d Combat Communications Squadron (33 CBCS) is a United States Air Forcecombat communications squadron, located at Tinker AFB. They deploy quality communications-computer systems and air traffic services for military operations and emergency missions under hostile and base conditions anytime, anywhere. The 33d CBCS (Combat Communications Squadron) 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 CBCS as part of the inactivation proceedings. The unit is expecting to be completely inactivated no later than October 2013.
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.
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.