“This is definitely a historic moment for Wright-Patt and our organizations,” said Col. Patrick Miller, 88 ABW and installation commander. “It will be amazing to watch the next chapter of these organizations.”
The change is intended to streamline the wing and adapt to the current operating environment to support the national defense strategy, base leaders said.
In 2021, 88 ABW launched a new strategic plan, updating its mission, vision and lines of action. Inactivation is part of two axes: “Maximize the effectiveness of the mission” and “Optimize and modernize the installation”.
Herwick thanked his teammates and the organization he took command of two years ago, while encouraging staff to “continue to make a difference” in the WPAFB mission.
“The team will continue to deliver first class service at all levels because that’s exactly what you do,” he said. “Tens of thousands of people in hundreds of organizations call Wright-Patterson their workplace, but without the capabilities you provide, they do nothing.”
88 CG dates back to 1950
Senior Airman Jack Gardner
88th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
The origin of the 88th Communication Group at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base dates back to December 18, 1950, when it was established as the 1062nd Communications Squadron.
The unit was officially organized on January 1, 1951. It went through 11 further designations before finding its headquarters as the 88th Communications Group on October 1, 1994.
The group made a key addition along the way by adding the 88th Operations Support Squadron on February 27, 2019. The move was made as a new approach for 88 CG’s proactive measures in defending personnel, facilities, base operations and critical information.
The 88th Communications Group has now been inactivated since May 1 after nearly 28 years of service under that designation.