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281 Combat Communications Group (CCG) contains three Combat Communications Squadrons (CBCSs) and two Engineering and Installation Squadrons (EISs). The CBCSs install, operate, and maintain combat ready equipment and personnel packages, commonly called Unit Type Codes (UTCs), to provide deployable communications and information (C&I) capability in support of the Air Force Joint Forces Air Component Commander (JFACC) and the Air Force Forces (AFFOR) Commander. The EISs engineer, install, remove and relocate Command, Control, Communications, Computer, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems. CCGs are lead elements of Combat Air Forces (CAF), providing the initial deployed communications capability that will later be sustained by other elements of the C&I community.

The 281 CCG is aligned with the United States Central Command's Air Component - United States Central Area Air Forces (USCENTAF). The 281 CCG and 282 CBCS support Rhode Island state authorities with organized, equipped, and trained forces, ready to protect life, property, and the preservation of peace, order, and public safety for Rhode Island.

These services include secure and non-secure Defense Switching Network telephone services, unclassified and classified Internet, email services, video teleconferencing, and text messaging services. The group is responsible for establishing these stateside based telecommunications services in the forward de-ployed theater of operation.

In conjunction with the Federal mission, the units of the 281CCG have a State mission to be organized, equipped, and trained to function effectively in the protection of life, property and the preservation of peace, order, and public safety under competent orders of State authorities.


281st CBC Group
274 Old Oxford Road
N. Smithfield, RI 02896
Phone (401) 392-0800


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