Public Affairs --
Members of the 5th Combat Communications Group, along with special guest Lieutenant General William J. Bender, Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Combat Communications Engineering Integration Center located at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., Oct. 19.
Effective Sept. 25, the EIC was established as a central engineering and validation element for the modernization of combat communications units throughout the total force.
Under the mission of 24th Air Force’s six lines of effort, “Build, Operate, Secure, Extend, and Engage,” the center seeks to help achieve the overarching goal of the “Extend” line of effort; which guarantees the expeditionary communications at the speed of need.
Within the “Extend” line of effort, the center seeks to synchronize and normalize cutting-edge tactical communications capabilities that are accredited, mission ready, and battle tested in the most expeditious manner possible.
“The EIC will help the Air Force move rapidly to relevant, scalable and standardized tactical communications equipment which will be vital to training, mission assurance and organization of the force," said Col. Jeremy Boenisch, 5th Combat Communications Group commander.
The primary focus of the center is underpinned by the Program Action Directive 12-07 and the Deployable Communications Concept of Operations (2012) with emphasis on the priorities of satellite communications, expandable communication packages, tactical processing nodes, communications fly-away kits, and radios.
Though the EIC is geographically located at Robins, it will be comprised of representatives from across the total force, ensuring a relevant and standardized path to superior equipment.