1st Combat Camera Squadron

Joint Base Charleston, S.C., is home to one of only two Combat Camera Squadrons in the Air Force. The Airmen of AFPAA's 1st Combat Camera Squadron constantly train in order to be ready to document combat operations, exercises, and other contingencies from the ground and in the air. Their training is focused on both combat and camera skills. To maintain the sharpest camera skills and to build muscle memory with the camera, ComCam Airmen regularly document a variety of military and civilian scenes on the battlefield, on exercises, and around the Charleston community. This page features some of their work.

Combat Camera Corner

Mission

To provide senior DoD and joint leaders with a directed imagery capability in support of strategic, operational, and planning requirements during wartime operations, worldwide crises, contingencies, joint exercises, and humanitarian operations.
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SSgt Clayton Cupit, Combat Aerial Photographer at 1st Combat Camera Squadron, was recognized as the John L. Levitow Award winner at the ALS graduation last night. The John L. Levitow Award is the highest award for enlisted Professional Military Education in the Air Force and is presented to the student who demonstrates the most outstanding leadership and scholastic achievement.
This is just one of the things our men and women are documenting while deployed overseas. These Special Operators are truly amazing!
1st Combat Camera Squadron is best in DoD again bringing home the trophy for the SPC Hilda I. Clayton 2018 DoD Best Combat Camera Team Competition. SrA Maygan Straight and A1C Franklin Harris earned overall 1st place honors and were presented Army Commendation medals at the awards ceremony held at Ft Meade, Md. today. Teams of two compete throughout a weeklong event that tests their physical, mental and technical capabilities. The Competition is established in honoring fallen combat camera Soldier SPC Hilda I. Clayton, who gave her life July 02, 2013 in Afghanistan as a part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (Photo by Maj Zachary Anderson, 4 CTCS)
Don't miss out on your chance to take part in this outstanding training experience. Deadline to have your portfolios submitted is 15 April.
Check out this boots on the ground combat video imagery captured by one of our deployed Combat Camera photojournalists.
Our latest mission video featuring the men and women of the 1st Combat Camera Squadron is now live on our YouTube channel. #COMCAM #GunsCameraAction
Thank you to our fellow services combat camera and public affairs team members for joining us during the 2018 Joint Combat Camera Planning Group held at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. on March 20 and 21, 2018. The primary focus of the planning group is to discuss, explore, develop, propose, and provide recommendations on matters pertaining to visual information and COMCAM during exercise, contingency, deliberate and crisis action planning support.
Emerald Warrior 2018 may be coming to a close; however, our 1st Combat Camera Airmen have been working hard to capture these images over the last two weeks. At Emerald Warrior, the largest joint and combined special operations exercise, Air Force Special Operations Command forces train to respond to various threats across the spectrum of conflict.
That's a wrap for week one of Emerald Warrior 18. Check out some of the imagery shot by our 1st Combat Camera Airmen last week.
Emerald Warrior is in full force! Check out what happened on Day 1 of the exercise.
Exercise Scorpion Lens 2018 might be coming to close; however, our Airmen are still producing high-quality imagery throughout the final days. Check out these photos taken by Airmen from the 1st and 4th Combat Camera Squadrons during the tactics portion of their annual combat training. The exercise's purpose is to provide refresher training to combat camera personnel. Individuals are instructed in the areas of combat tactics, photography, videography, and on procedures inherent to support combat camera mission tasks.
Low Light! Night Vision! Blackout! Check out a sneak peak of members from the 1st and 4th Combat Camera Squadrons during their low light imagery training. Exercise Scorpion Lens is an annual Ability to Survive and Operate training exercise mandated by Air Force Combat Camera job qualification standards. The exercise's purpose is to provide refresher training to combat camera personnel. Individuals are instructed in the areas of combat tactics, photography, videography, and on procedures inherent to support combat camera mission tasks.
Check out these photos taken by Staff Sgt. Jordan Castelan during the 1st and 4th Combat Camera Squadron's annual combat training Exercise Scorpion Lens 2018. Exercise Scorpion Lens is an annual Ability to Survive and Operate training exercise mandated by Air Force Combat Camera job qualification standards. The exercise's purpose is to provide refresher training to combat camera personnel. Individuals are instructed in the areas of combat tactics, photography, videography, and on procedures inherent to support combat camera mission tasks.
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