by Tech. Sgt. William Buchanan
125th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
10/17/2015 - Jacksonville, Fla. -- Tampa
Mayor Bob Buckhorn honored local Air National Guardsmen by officially
proclaiming Oct. 17, 2015, as 290th Joint Communications Support
This is the first time that a Florida Air National Guard unit has been recognized with a mayoral proclamation of this kind.
The proclamation recognized the 290th JCSS located at MacDill Air Force
Base for providing tactical communications systems during times of
crisis, war, and natural disaster recovery. Specifically, deployment
teams from the 290th JCSS have participated in Operation Desert Shield,
Operation Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring
Freedom, and provided emergency assistance during Hurricanes Andrew,
Opal, Charlie, Francis, Ivan, Jeanne, Dennis, Rita, Ike, Wilma and
"The 290th ... can truly claim that we are Floridians and we belong to
the city of Tampa," said Lt. Col. Matthew Giles, commander of the 290th
Joint Communication Support Squadron (JCSS). "This is a reminder that
Tampa has said 'Thank you.'"
Giles said it's extremely important to recognize the service and
sacrifices of his Airmen, their families and veterans who work in the
community. So he created a draft proclamation identifying both state and
federal missions supported by 290th JCSS Airmen, and requested that the
290th day of the year be named after them.
"I'm excited to be part of such a great unit's that's being recognized
this way," Airman 1st Class Brad Reinert said. "Knowing the impact we
have for our brothers and sisters in uniform down range, keeping them in
communication with who they need, it's very exciting and I'm very proud
Giles said he appreciates everything his Airmen do for the state of
Florida and the country, and he will continue to do everything in his
power to promote their exceptional performance to the public.
"Over 600 Airmen have been mobilized since 9/11, and this past year,
we've deployed Airmen to every continent except Antarctica," Giles said.
"This is something to be proud of for everything the squadron has
accomplished over the last 32 years."