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253d Cyberspace Engineering Installation Group

253d Cyberspace Engineering Installation Group
253d Cyberspace Engineering Installation Group logo
Active 19xx–present
Country  United States
Branch  United States Air Force
Garrison/HQ Otis Air National Guard Base, Massachusetts, USA
Engagements Operation Desert Shield
Operation Desert Storm
Operation Enduring Freedom
Operation Iraqi Freedom

The 253d Cyberspace Engineering Installation Group (253 CEIG) is a cyberspace engineering installation unit located at Otis Air National Guard Base, Massachusetts, USA.


  • Mission 1
  • History 2
    • Origins 2.1
    • Cold War 2.2
    • Post Cold War 2.3
    • Global War on Terror 2.4
  • Previous designations 3
  • Bases stationed 4
  • Equipment operated 5
  • References 6


The 253d Cyberspace Engineering Installation Group primarily provides planning, engineering, command level coordination, and process approval to train, advise, and direct combat ready units of citizen soldiers providing communications engineering and installation services for total force integration. Secondly, to provide a ready militia for protecting life and property; preserving peace, order, and public safety; plus serve actively within our local communities.[1]

Federal Mission: The mission of the 253d Cyberspace Engineering Installation Group is to train people and be ready to deploy anywhere in the world on very short notice and provide quality communications engineering and installation services in support of Air Force requirements and other contingencies. Upon mobilization, Air Force Space Command will assume operational command of the 253 CEIG and direct deployment of the Group Headquarters and its assigned subordinate units.[1]

State Mission: The 253d Cyberspace Engineering Installation Group's State mission is to provide forces to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for use during local or statewide disasters of emergencies for protecting life and property, and to preserve peace, order, and public safety.[1]


The 253rd Cyberspace Engineering Installation Group relocated from Wellesley, MA to Otis in 1996 due to mission and equipment changes.


Cold War

Post Cold War

Desert Shield/Storm began on 7 August 1991 after the invasion of Kuwait. Within ten days, the 253 Combat Communications Group units, working through coordination efforts was involved in deploying equipment to support the Air Force and coalition forces in the Gulf. Volunteers from the 267CBCS solicited by the 253d Combat Communications Group Readiness Center joined other Group members to deploy and support Desert Shield.

Global War on Terror

In 2001, the 267 CBCS, collocated with the 253d Combat Communications Group, played a vital role in the first employment of the Theater Deployable Communications Equipment during Operation Enduring Freedom. From September 2001 to July 2003 HQ 253 Combat Communications Group mobilized over 20 personnel. They augmented the Headquarters Air Combat Command staff in filling United States Air Force/ANG communications requirements to meet worldwide contingencies.

Previous designations

  • 253d Combat Communications Group (???-2010)[2]

Bases stationed

Equipment operated

  • Theater Deployable Communications Equipment suite(????–present)[3]


  1. ^ a b c Otis ANGB: 253d Combat Communications Group
  2. ^ Rogers, B. (2006). United States Air Force Unit Designations Since 1978. ISBN 1-85780-197-0
  3. ^ World Airpower Journal. (1992). US Air Force Air Power Directory. Aerospace Publishing: London, UK. ISBN 1-880588-01-3
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