Robins communications team deployed overseas

A 31-airman team from Robins Air Force Base deployed last week to “Southwest Asia” to support Operation Enduring Freedom, the base public affairs office announced Wednesday.

The geographic term is typically used to describe Afghanistan and Iraq without giving the exact location. Missions under Operation Enduring Freedom refer to the Afghan theater.

The team departed the United States on March 25. The airmen are part of the 51st Combat Communications Squadron, a subordinate unit to the 5th Combat Communications Group.

The team was sent to the theater to set up communications for what was termed a “bare base” for incoming troops.

The airmen likely were sent to prepare for some of the more than 30,000 additional troops authorized by President Obama.

The airmen will be establishing “secure and voice communications,” according to a Robins news release.

A March 24 ceremony was held at Robins to send the team off. No timetable was given for the unit’s return, according to a Robins spokesman.

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