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51st Communications Squadron

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The 51st Communications Squadron is one of five squadrons assigned to the 51st Mission Support Group, 51st Fighter Wing Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea.

To enable 7th Air Force air operations, 51st Fighter Wing operations, base support and quality of life functions via reliable and responsive communications, information, and postal services supporting the 51st FW mission to Defend the base, Execute contingency operations and Sustain the Force.

The squadron consists of two flights: the operations flight and the plans and programs flight. These flights execute the mission by maintaining the voice, digital, and video communications, providing computer equipment management, managing all official correspondence and records, and operating the Osan Post Office. The Communications Focal Point also resides in the squadron and functions as the first line of defense in resolving repair tickets, and communications degradation and outages.

The history of the 51st CS began nearly 65 years ago when it was activated as the 51st Communications Squadron, fighter jet, on Aug. 18, 1948, at Naha Air Base, Okinawa. After its activation, the 51st CS deployed to several locations during the Korean War in support of the 51st Fighter-Intercept Wing (FIW). The first of these was Itazuke AB, Japan, in September 1950 where it forward deployed to K-14 (Kimpo AB), Republic of Korea. The 51st FIW was forced to evacuate back to Itazuke AB, then to Tsuiki AB, Japan, three months later. 

For the remainder of the war, the 51st CS would operate out of Suwon AB, ROK, to provide support there as well as to Naha AB. It was deactivated in October 1957, but would be reactivated in February 1992 under the 51st Air Base Wing at Osan AB, ROK, after Gen. Merrill McPeak’s “Objective Wing” concept. 

Since then, the 51st CS was awarded five Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards, two Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citations, and seven Korean War campaign streamers