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85th EIS: keeping our force in touch

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman David Mirnada and Khari Harris, 85th Engineering Installation cable and antenna installers, check a tractor at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 23, 2021. The 85th EIS is the only active duty command, control, communication-computer engineering and installation squadron in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Spencer Tobler)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman David Miranda and Khari Harris, 85th Engineering Installation cable and antenna installers, inspect a tractor at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 23, 2021. The 85th EIS is the only active duty command, control, communication-computer engineering and installation squadron in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Spencer Tobler)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman David Mirnada, 85th Engineering Installation cable and antenna installer, turns on a generator at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 23, 2021. The 85th EIS is the only active duty command, control, communication-computer engineering and installation squadron in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Spencer Tobler)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman David Miranda, 85th Engineering Installation cable and antenna installer, turns on a generator at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 23, 2021. The 85th EIS is the only active duty command, control, communication-computer engineering and installation squadron in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Spencer Tobler)

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. --

As the only active duty command, control, communication-computer engineering and installation squadron in the Air Force, the 85th Engineering Installation Squadron holds a huge responsibility.

Rapid deployments worldwide, steady training, and job knowledge is necessary for all Airmen to make sure their mission gets done well.

“We take on temporary duties and deployments to assist with new installations for communication capabilities of bases worldwide,” said Senior Airman David Miranda, 85th EIS cable and antenna installer. “We lay the groundwork to make the whole spectrum of communication possible.”

Since the squadron primarily works on TDYs and deployments, the Airmen spend duty hours training, preparing equipment, and performing additional duties while waiting for a job.

“We have to be ready at a moment’s notice,” said Miranda. “We know we need to consistently support the Air Force along with our sister services, no matter where in the world they’re located.”

Miranda said the 85th EIS supports the Air Force in obtaining and maintaining global vigilance, global reach and global power by laying the ground work for base communication abilities.

“We create the pathways to allow most communication services to happen,” said Miranda. “We have to keep doing good work to maintain our good reputation.”