NEWS | May 5, 2017

4th CTCS officially activates as part of 315th Airlift Wing

By Michael Dukes 315th Airlift Wing public Affairs

The 4th Combat Camera Squadron was officially reactivated today in the Yonkie Auditorium at Joint Base Charleston under the 315th Airlift Wing, and Maj. Hamilton Underwood assumed the helm of the specialized Reserve unit.

Lt. Col. John Robinson, 315th Operations Group commander, presided over the double reactivation and assumption of command ceremony.
“I have worked with combat camera for years and I never knew the extent of what you all do,” Robinson said. “It is so impressive and we are excited to have you as part of our team.”

The 4th CTCS, which was formally assigned to March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, Calif., deactivated in July 2015, but was reactivated and relocated to the 315 AW due to mission need.

“The support here at Charleston has been great,” said Maj. Hamilton Underwood, 4th CTCS commander, in an earlier article about the move. “Standing up a new squadron is a big task and our people are excited to get to know the base and the community.”

With a mission to document war fighting, aid in decision making, information operations and to aid the Air Force’s public affairs mission, the squadron held its first training assembly in December 2016, bringing former unit members from across the county to the Holy City.

The new Reserve unit is housed alongside the active duty’s 1st Combat Camera Squadron, creating an association that will contains nearly 50 new positions along with three full-time opportunities.

“We are ready to get started and hope to be participating in exercises and deployments in the coming year,” Underwood said.