224th Joint Communications Support Squadron
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|224th Joint Communications Support Squadron|
224th JCSS Emblem
|Branch||United States Air Force
Air National Guard
|Lieutenant Colonel Charles West|
The 224th Joint Communications Support Squadron (JCSS), located in Brunswick, Georgia, provides deployable tactical communications for Joint Task Force (JTF) Headquarters and Joint Special Operations Task Force (JSOTF) Headquarters. It can operate in environments without a reliable terrestrial network. The squadron operationally reports to the Joint Communications Support Element (US Joint Forces Command) at MacDill AFB, FL.
The 224th Joint Communications Support Squadron is often the first to deploy in order to establish communications networks and other C4 services to enhance command and control between units, services, or coalition forces. Reporting operationally to the Joint Communications Support Element (JCSE), a subordinate command of the Joint Enabling Capabilities Command, U.S. Transportation Command, at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida, Georgia's 224th JCSS can globally deploy within 72 hours of notification to provide scalable C4 support to geographic combatant commands and U.S. Special Operations Command.
The unit expanded its mission in 2010 by bringing Deployable Joint Command and Control systems to JCSE from SOUTHCOM Headquarters in Miami. Georgia Guardsmen boarded the USS Iwo Jima for a five-month deployment providing support to the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps forces during Operation Continuing Promise 2010, a 13-Caribbean country humanitarian relief campaign.
Guardsmen of the 224th also deployed to Pakistan during the 2010 flood disaster to provide communications for the host nation and Department of Defense support efforts.
- "Georgia Department of Defense 2010 Annual Report". Georgia Department of Defense. Retrieved 15 September 2011.