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The 162d Combat Communications Group is one of the most active and diverse organizations in the Air National Guard. In addition to the usual training and deployment preparations, members of the 162d, in concert with active Air Force partner organizations, manage the MILSTAR satellite constellation, operate the Joint Space Operations Center, provide near realtime intelligence to combatant commands and warfighters in the field, and continuously update the USGS geospatial database for the western United States. The Group established one of the first Network Warfare organizations and operates Eagle Vision III, one of the most advanced satellite imaging systems used to support homeland security. This innovative Group operates these long term enduring missions in California in San Diego, Van Nuys, Vandenberg AFB, North Highlands and Beale AFB sustaining 24/7 operations and responding to State emergencies at a moments notice.

The 162 CCG relies upon the technical expertise and professionalism of its leaders and airmen who are known for their dedication and accomplishments:

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ANG Command Chief makes Pacific swing

California's 129th Rescue Wing saves man from fishing vessel

Mission complete, partnership stronger

California Air National Guard conducts rescue off coast of Monterey

WWII veteran revisits base

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162CCG 2014 Outstanding Airman of the Year

SrA Bradley French
234 IS
162CCG Airmen of the Year
162CCG 2014 Outstanding NCO of the Year

SSgt Mary Brinkman
222 ISS
162CCG NCO of the Year
162CCG 2014 Outstanding SNCO of the Year

MSgt Ronald Kesler
222 ISS
162CCG SNCO of the Year
162CCG 2014 Outstanding First Sergeant of the Year

MSgt Wesley Rogers
222 ISS
162CCG 1st Sgt of the Year
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162CCG 2014 Company Grade Officer of the Year

Capt Ruben Carrillo
216 SPCS
162CCG Company Grade
Officer of the Year
162CCG 2014 Field Grade Officer of the Year

Maj Richard Hersam
149 CBCS
162CCG Field Grade
Officer of the Year
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What do you know about TAPS?  Below is a history of this well known tribute. (Reference: USAF Honor Guard Training Guide, 2013)

Originally, the American Army used the French L'Extinction Des Feux (Lights Out) for Taps. It was said to be Napoleon's favorite but it did not suit General Daniel Butterfield. Not knowing a note of music, General Butterfield decided to put something together more suited for signaling the end of the day's activity. With the help of the brigade bugler, Oliver W. Norton, General Butterfield created Taps one night in July 1862. Taps was made official throughout the Army in 1932.

Taps was used in connection with military funerals during the same campaign. A soldier was buried at a time when Capt. Tidball's battery occupied an advanced position concealed in the woods. It was unsafe to fire the customary three volleys over the grave. So, Capt. Tidball thought that Taps would be the most appropriate ceremony that could be substituted. The custom went up through the chain-of-command of the Army and was finally confirmed by orders.

Taps over the grave today marks the beginning of the long last sleep and expresses hope and confidence in an ultimate reveille to come.

Words for Taps:

Fades the light,
and afar
Goeth day
Cometh night;
and a star
Leadeth all,
Speedeth all
To their rest.
Day is done,
Gone the sun,
From the hills,
From the lake,
From the sky,
All is well,
Safely rest,
God is nigh


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