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Marine Corps Communication-Electronics School

 

Marine Corps Communication-Electronics School

Training Command

Twentynine Palms, California

MCCES History & Lineage


 Year          Historical Event  

1932          We begin our existence as the "Pigeon and Flag Handler Platoon"

1942          5 October; Activated as the Signal School, Signal Battalion at Quantico, VA.

1943          Move to Camp Lejeune, NC remaining there throughout the Second World War eventually

                   offering 15 courses in the communications field.

1946          August; post-war relocation to Camp Del Mar in Camp Pendleton, CA. Continue to

                   train  communications personnel, but in vastly reduced numbers .

1949          December; redesignated as the Signal and Tracked Vehicle School Battalion

1950          The Battalion moves to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, CA.

1950          Outbreak of Korean hostilities precipitated expansion to meet the urgent need for trained    

                    combat-ready communication personnel.

1950           September; another name change; now known as the Signal School Battalion.

1950           Added technician & repairmen training

1953           Redesignated as the Communication-Electronics School Battalion

1967           Began the move to Marine Corps Base, 29 Palms, CA.

1967           First, with Company C and Company E

1971           February; redesignated to our present unit title of Marine Corps Communication-Electronics

                    School. Company A and Company D following to 29 Palms... During the Vietnam era, further

                    expansion occurred.

1971           Trained over 5,000 Marines annually. Established a formal school designed to train officers in

                    Air Support/Defense skills

1975           Company B moved from San Diego to 29 Palms which completes the entire unit move, and

                    establishes MCCES as the largest formal school in the Marine Corps.

2000           October, MCCES realigned from CG MAGTF Training Command to CG Training Command

2003           Company D merged with Company B then Company D dissolved.

2005           The on board average student population was 1,240. The School conducts 44 separate      

                     courses producing 37 MOS's. 303 classes are scheduled annually varying from 2 to 54 weeks

                     in duration. This represents upwards of 25,000 academic days.

2005            MCCES graduates nearly 6,500 service personnel annually.

2005            C&E (our local/colloquial term) has played a vital role in the Corps' combat-readiness;

                      recognized as such in the form of unit awards to include:

2005            American Campaign Streamer

2005            World War II Victory Streamer

2005            National Defense Service Streamer w/3 Bronze Star

2005            Meritorious Unit Commendation w/3 Bronze Stars

2005            Global War on Terrorism Service Streamer

2005            Carrying out its primary mission to train personnel in the fields of operational      

                     communications, communication-electronics maintenance, and air control/anti-air warfare

                     operations.

2005            MCCES currently consist of a headquarters company and 3 training companies/schools which

                     are:

                     Company A/CEMS (Communication-Electronics Maintenance School)

                     Company B/TCTS (Tactical Communications Training School)

                     Company C/AIRS (Air School)

2006            The on board average student population was 1,042. The School conducts 56 separate courses

                     producing 35 MOS's. 51 of these courses are conducted at the Formal Learning Center and 5

                     are Mobile Training Teams.

2006            397 classes are scheduled annually varying from 17 to 168 training days in duration.

2006            Also during FY 2006, MCCES partnered with the Army to start a distributed learning

                     environment known as MCCES e-University.

2006            This site currently has over 80 Army courses and is being constantly populated with both

                      locally and professionally developed Marine courses available to a Marine anytime/anyplace a

                      computer is available.

2006             MCCES graduates nearly 6,000 service personnel annually.

2006             C&E (our local/colloquial term) has played a vital role in the Corps' combat-readiness;

                      recognized as such in the form of unit awards to include:

                      American Campaign Streamer

                      World War II Victory Streamer

                      National Defense Service Streamer w/3 Bronze Star

                      Meritorious Unit Commendation w/3 Bronze Stars

                      Global War on Terrorism Service Streamer

2006             Carrying out its primary mission to train personnel in the fields of operational

                      communications, communication-electronics maintenance, and air control/anti-air warfare

                      operations.

2006             MCCES currently consist of a headquarters company and 3 training companies/schools which

                      are:

                      Company A/CEMS (Communication-Electronics Maintenance School)

                      Company B/TCTS (Tactical Communications Training School)

                      Company C/AIRS (Air School)

2011             During Jun EOD Det came under admin control of CO, MCCES

2011             Aug 2011, CO, MCCES officially becomes reporting Senior for:

2011             Commanding Officer, Communication School, MCB Quantico VA

2011             Commanding Officer, Marine Detachment, Fort Gordon GA

2011             Commanding Officer, Low Altitude Air Defense School, Fort Bliss TX

2011             Marine Corps Representative, Sheppard AFB, TX

2011             C&E constantly strives to train/graduate operators, repairmen and technicians who are highly

                      skilled in the communications & electronics fields -- and proud, dedicated, professional and

                      highly-motivated Marines!

2011             From our humblest of beginnings as pigeon/flag handlers through numerous years of service,   

                      MCCES has evolved to train Marines in the most modern and sophisticated communications

                      and electronics equipment in existence today.

2011             We have been a leader among service schools in the development and application of new and

                       innovative instructional theory and techniques.

2012              During June realignment LADD School to 29 Palms Ca and integrated with Charlie Company.

                       Combined schools will form an Aviation C2 Defense School (Air C2 Trng Bn).

2012              During December CO, MCCES assumed administrative control of MarDet, Presidio of

                       Monterey,   Defense Language Institute; MarDet Inter-Service Advanced Skills K-9 Course,

                        Yuma, AZ; Multi-Mission Parachute Course, Coolidge, AZ; MilFreefall Crs, Yuma, AZ.

2013               Air Control Training Squadron (ACTS) activated 5Apr2013.  The mission of the squadron is to

                        provide entry-level, skill progression, and skill enhancement training in the operation of

                        MACCS  and maintenance ground C&E equipment .

2014               During Jan transfer of C2 MARCORREP Whidbey IS to ACTS, MCCES

2014               During Jun Communications School moves from Quantico Virginia to 29 Palms, CA

2014               During Dec CMC CDI TFS WASHDC msg R181958Z Dec14 received directing

                        the reorganization (Reorg) of Marine Corps Communication-Electronics School (MCCES) into a:

                        Command Element (CE), Headquarters Company (HQTRS CO);

                        Air Control Training Squadron (ACTS)and ;

                        Communication Training Battalion (CTB)

                        Unit Identification Code (UIC) M35200.       

20l5                Both Air Control Training Squadron (ACTS) and Communication Training Battalion (CTB) were

                        Officially activated on 12 March 2015 iaw CMC msg R181958ZDec14 and

                        MCBul 5400 dtd   18Dec14.