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505th Communications Squadron

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The 505th Communications Squadron (CS) at Hurlburt Field, Florida, reports to the 505th Combat Training Group headquartered at Nellis Air Force Base (AFB), Nevada.  The 505 CS is the premier provider of secure, state-of-the-art command and control (C2) systems that provide an operationally realistic environment, serving the evolving needs of the C2 warfighter.  The 505 CS's role is to support the 505th Command and Control Wing's (CCW) mission to improve warfighter readiness and capabilities through testing, tactics development, and training.

MISSION

Deliver cyber training environments for joint and coalition warfighters to command and control multi-domain operations.

VISION

Develop world-class joint and coalition warfighters with an operationally relevant training environment.

SUPPORT CAPABILITIES

Wing IT Oversight: Manages IT Baseline budget, IT investment portfolio, and cyber readiness and compliance oversight.

Air Operations Center (AOC) Weapon System: Three customized AOC suites provide integrated, multi-classification, and multi-AOR training environments.

Network Management: Design, build, sustain, and maintain a network backbone supporting 289K warfighters annually, including integration with Joint Training and Experimentation Network (JTEN), Battle Lab Collaborative Simulation Environment (BLCSE), and Navy Continuous Training enterprise (NCTE).

Command, Control, Communication, Computers and Intelligence (C4I) Planning: Manage C4I requirements, planning, and execution for 35 exercise, tests, and training events per year, including BLUE FLAG, WARFIGHTER, PACIFIC SENTRY, and Air, Space, & Cyberspace Constructive Environment (ACCCE) Test.

Mission Defense Team: Active cyber defense for the AOC suites utilizing the Cyber Vulnerability Assessment/Hunter weapon system.

Video Teleconferencing: Reach back support for the 505 CCW's 14 geographically separated units.

Logistics Support: Manage 505 CCW Hurlburt Campus recycling center, disposition center, warehouse, and vehicles.

PERSONNEL

The 505 CS has approximately 12 enlisted Airmen, three officers, 37 civilians, and five contract personnel assigned.

HISTORY

The 505th Communications Squadron traces its lineage to the 505th Test Support Squadron constituted on 9 April 1993 and activated at Hurlburt Field, Florida, on 15 April 1993 under the 505th Command and Control Evaluation Group.  The 505th Test Support Squadron was redesignated as the 505th Support Squadron on 15 September 1998; however, this designation was short-lived when the support squadron was redesignated as the 505th Systems Squadron on 15 April 1999.  The squadron received its current designation of the 505th Communications Squadron on 12 March 2004 and was assigned to the 505th Training Group. The 505th Communications Squadron was reassigned to the 505th Combat Training Group on 1 August 2019.

505TH COMMAND AND CONTROL WING (CCW) PUBLIC AFFAIRS

For more information about the 505th Communication Squadron’s mission, contact the 505 CCW Public Affairs office at 850-884-9476 or debora.henley@us.af.mil.

(Current as of April 2020)