MCCES History & Lineage
Year Historical Event
1932 Comes into existence as the "Pigeon and Flag Handler Platoon".
1942 5 October; activated as the Signal School, Signal Battalion at Quantico, VA.
1943 Moves to Camp Lejeune, NC remaining there throughout the Second World War eventually offering 15 courses in the communications field.
1946 Post-war relocation to Camp Pendleton, CA. Continued to train communications personnel, but in vastly reduced numbers.
1949 Re-designated 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 Re-designated as the Signal School Battalion.
1950 Added technician & repairmen training.
1953 Re-designated as the Communication-Electronics School Battalion.
1967 Began the move to Marine Corps Base, Twentynine Palms, CA, by moving Company C and Company E.
1971 Re-designated to the present unit title of Marine Corps Communication-Electronics School (MCCES). Company A and Company D move to Twentynine Palms.
1971 Trained over 5,000 Marines annually. Established a formal school designed to train officers in air support and defense skills.
1975 Company B moved from San Diego to Twentynine Palms, CA completing the entire unit move, and established MCCES as the largest formal school in the Marine Corps.
2000 MCCES realigned from CG, MAGTF Training Command to CG, Training Command.
2003 Company D merged with Company B, dissolving Company D.
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 per year. MCCES graduates nearly 6,500 service personnel annually.
2005 MCCES consisted of a Headquarters Company and three training companies / schools which were:
Company A, Communication-Electronics Maintenance School
Company B, Tactical Communications Training School
Company C, Air School
2006 The on board average student population was 1,042. The School conducted 56 separate courses producing 35 MOS's. 51 of these courses were conducted at the Formal Learning Center and 5 were Mobile Training Teams. 397 classes were scheduled annually varying from 17 to 168 training days in duration and MCCES graduated 6,000 service personnel annually.
2006 MCCES partnered with the Army to start a distributed learning environment known as MCCES e-University. This site currently has over 80 Army courses and is being constantly populated with locally and professionally developed Marine courses available to a Marine anytime / anyplace a computer is available.
2011 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Detachment came under administrative control of MCCES.
2011 MCCES absorbs:
Communication School, MCB Quantico VA
Marine Detachment, Fort Gordon GA
Low Altitude Air Defense School (LAAD), Fort Bliss TX
Marine Corps Representative, Sheppard AFB, TX
2012 During a June realignment LAAD School moved to Twentynine Palms, CA and integrated with Company C. The combined schools formed an Aviation Command and Control Defense School (Air C2 Trng Bn).
2012 MCCES assumed administrative control of Marine Detachment, Presidio of Monterey, Defense Language Institute; Marine Detachment Inter-Service Advanced Skills K-9 Course, Yuma, AZ; Multi-Mission Parachute Course, Coolidge, AZ; Military Freefall Course, Yuma, AZ.
2013 Air Control Training Squadron is activated 5 April 2013. The mission of the squadron is to provide entry-level, skill progression, and skill enhancement training in the operation of MACCS and maintenance ground communication & electronic equipment.
2014 Command and Control of Marine Corps Representative Whidbey Island is transferred to Air Control Training Squadron (ACTS), MCCES.
2014 The Communications School moves from Quantico, VA to Twentynine Palms, CA.
2015 ACTS and Communication Training Battalion (CTB) were officially activated on 12 March 2015.
MCCES 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 with three Bronze Star
Meritorious Unit Commendation with three Bronze Stars
Global War on Terrorism Service Streamer