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The 265th Combat Communications Squadron was activated on 31 October 1950, as the 104th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron (Type F), under the command of MAJOR Alfred P. Mallet. The home of the 104th AC&W was Fort Preble, South Portland, Maine. The 104th was called to active duty for 24 months on 1 September 1951, and performed duty at Otis AFB, Massachusetts, and Wheelus AFB, Tripoli, Libya. The 104th was relieved from active duty and inactivated on 1 September 1953.
On 1 July 1953, the 265th Communications Squadron (Operations) was activated and stationed at Fort Preble. The 265th underwent several reorganizations. On 1 October 1960, it became the 265th Radio Relay Squadron and moved from Fort Preble to Fort Williams, Cape Elizabeth, Maine. The Squadron moved to the newly constructed facility at 50 Western Avenue, South Portland, Maine in June of 1964. On 16 March 1968, the unit became the 265th Mobile Communications Squadron (Contingency), and on 1 April 1976, the 265th Combat Communications Squadron (Contingency). On 1 July 1985, the unit changed to the 265th Combat Information Systems Squadron (Contingency) and finally on 1 October 1986, it became the 265th Combat Communications Squadron.
The 265th is one of five squadrons, which along with the Group Headquarters at Otis ANG Base, Massachusetts, comprise the 253rd Combat Communications Group. These units are all gained by Air Combat Command, headquartered at Langley AFB, Virginia.
The 265th has deployed people and equipment to other states, including: California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin; and to other countries including: Colombia, England, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Italy, Korea, Oman, Panama, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey. These deployments supported Group-wide annual field training, major Air Force exercises, DEA counter drug operations, and multi-force US. and NATO exercises.
The 265th CBCS has been awarded the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award four times in recognition of their superior accomplishments.