291st Combat Communications Squadron

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291st Combat Communications Squadron
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291st Combat Communications Squadron emblem
Active 1967 – present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Part of Air National Guard
Garrison/HQ Keaukaha Military Reservation Hilo, Hawaii (1976 – present)
Engagements Operation Enduring Freedom Operation Iraqi Freedom Operation New Dawn[1]

The United States Air Force's 291st Combat Communications Squadron is an Air National Guard combat communications unit located at Keaukaha Military Reservation in Hilo, Hawaii.


The 291st Combat Communication Squadron (291st CBCS) Employs tactical cyber operations for combat enablement. Installs computer and telephone networks, high frequency radio systems, and administers network security operations.


The 291st Combat Communications Squadron was activated into federal service 6 March 1967 at Hickam Air Force Base, Oahu, Hawaii. The organization relocated to temporary World War II vintage quarters on the Island of Hawaii in March 1976. In October 1982, the unit moved to its current facilities. The squadron is one of seven subordinate units of the 154th Mission Support Group headquartered at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Oahu, Hawaii.


Major Command/Gaining Command[edit]


Bases stationed[edit]

  • Keaukaha Military Reservation, Hilo, Hawaii (1976 – present)
  • Hickam Air Force Base, Oahu, Hawaii (1967–1976)


  • Major Heather M.C. Leite (2017–Present)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Garrick H. Yokoe (2010 – 2017)
  • Major Johnny Mah (2005–2009)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Roy A. Cornella (1992–2005)[2]
  • Lieutenant Colonel Richard Nishimura (1990–1992)[2]
  • Lieutenant Colonel William Wright (1984–1990)[2]
  • Major Richard Nishimura (1981–1984)[2]
  • Lieutenant Colonel David Howard (?-1981)[2]


  1. ^ Honolulu Star Bulletin: Isle airmen help secure border with Mexico
  2. ^ a b c d e USAF FOIA Req 200900717F, 20 May 2009

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