The 1st Combat Camera Squadron is a tenant unit at Joint Base Charleston. It is the largest active duty Combat Camera (COMCAM) unit in the Air Force. The COMCAM mission is to provide senior U.S. government officials with a directed imagery capability in support of strategic, operational and planning requirements during wartime operations, worldwide crises, contingencies, joint exercises and humanitarian operations.
COMCAM acquires still and motion imagery in support of classified and unclassified air, sea, and ground military operations. 1st CTCS imagery is a fundamental tool of decision-makers throughout the U.S. government. COMCAM imagery provides a visual record for use in operational analysis, training, public information, and as a permanent historical record. It is a timely, accurate information resource, providing a "you-are-there" perspective, and is essential battlefield information in support of strategic, operational, and tactical mission objectives. Combat Camera Airmen are an integral part of joint exercises, contingency operations, humanitarian relief efforts, and disasters of every kind. The squadron consists of technical experts from Air Force public affairs in both ground and aerial photojournalism and broadcast/video documentation as well as dedicated support professionals.