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:
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 a star
To their rest.
Day is done,
Gone the sun,
From the hills,
From the lake,
From the sky,
All is well,
God is nigh