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The Maine Air National Guard is comprised of a Joint Forces Headquarters (JFHQ), an air refueling wing (101ARW)  and two geographically seperated units (243 EIS and 265CBCS).
tab243 Engineering Installation Squadron 
243rd emblemThe emblem is symbolic of the squadron and its mission. The primary theater of operations for the Air Force is the sky, represented by the blue. Against the blue background, the radiations from the tower and sine-waves refer to the communications support functions of the unit's mission. The chevron symbolizes the squadron's strength in support. The state bird, the Chickadee, and the state flower, White pine cone and tassel, represent the squadron's location in Maine when constituted in 1956. The emblem bears the national colors (red, white, and blue) and the Air Force colors (gold and ultramarine blue) 

The 243rd Engineering and Installation Squadron received federal recognition on October 1st, 1956, as the 243rd Airways and Air Communications Service (AACS) under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Gilbert S. Marks. The squadron, consisting of four officers and 30 airmen, was originally assigned to the Military Air Transport Service and was located at historic Fort Preble in South Portland, Maine.

In January of 1959, the squadron's unit designation was changed to the 243rd Ground Electronics Engineering Installation Agency (GEEIA) Squadron. The home station remained the same until the fall of 1960 when it was relocated to Fort Williams in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

In June 1962, the squadron was reorganized under Air Force Logistics Command (AFLC), with an authorization of eight officers and 147 airmen. Further change came on 20 June 1964 when the squadron moved to the South Portland Air National Guard Station, Maine. In May of 1970, the unit was redesignated the 243rd Electronics Installation Squadron (EIS) under the command of the Air Force Communications Service (AFCS).

You can contact our recruiter's right here in South Portland to ask questions and arrange a visit at (207) 756-7904 or DSN 243-7904 or 1-800-549-9197 . We look forward to hearing from you.


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tab265th Combat Communications Squadron 
     265 Combat Communications Squadron Patch
The 265th CBCS provides mobile/transportable communications packages complete with all personnel and support equipment in support of Air Force flying operations on a world-wide basis. The 265th responds to contingency requirements with individual packages, combinations of packages or communicaitons systems    
       Located in South Portland, Maine, the 265th Combat Communications Squadron (CBCS) is part of the theater deployable communications community. The 265th CBCS employes a variety of the latest commercial communication and computer technologies.
      The 265th CBCS has opportunities for those wanting to learn computer technologies, telephony technologies, satellite communication technologies, radio technologies and power production/HVAC technologies. These technologies are in high demand in the civilian community and we can be the stepping stone to help you find what you are looking for.
      You can contact our recruiter's right here in South Portland to ask questions and arrange a visit at (207) 756-7904 or DSN 243-7904 or 1-800-549-9197. We look forward to hearing from you. 
  
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