Providing the reins of command - in emergencies.
                                               - USAF MARS Mission


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Welcome to:

54th AFMARS Communications Group

Minnesota Air Force MARS members are proud, patriotic, and civic minded individuals. Each member is an FCC Licensed Amateur Radio Operator and has been trained having skills for military communications and authorized to operate on specially approved military frequencies and modes. 


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Minnesota has the distinct honor of having the highest elevation of the 5th Air Force MARS Communications Wing.  Eagle Mountain, Minnesota is located in Cook County, is a Minnesota State Historic Site and is located Northwest of Grand Marais, MN.  

Region 5 elevations are as follows:

Eagle Mountain Minnesota at 2301 ft.       Campbell Hill, Ohio at 1550 ft.

Mount Arvon, Michigan at 1979 ft.            Hoosier Hill, Indiana at 1257 ft.

Timms Hill, Wisconsin at 1951.5 ft.            Charles Mound, Illinois at 1235 ft. 

  54th AFMARS Communications Group
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Air National Guard       

133rd Air Lift Wing, MPLS/ST Paul

Air Force Reserve

934th Air Lift Wing, MPLS/St. Paul

Air National Guard

148th Fighter Wing, Duluth

54th AFMARS Communications Group members: 

  • FCC licensed: Technician, General, Advanced, or Extra Class persons.
  • Are trained to use military communication procedures for voice and digital operations.
  • Become or are certified in Cyber Awareness, Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and FEMA ICS-100b, 200b, 700a and 800b.
  • Operate on assigned military frequencies.
  • Operates and are tasked as per DoDI 4650.02:

MARS capability for contingency radio communications support to U.S. Government operations shall be provided through the utilization of organized volunteer radio operators and operating facilities under the appropriate authorities, as directed by and coordinated within the Department of Defense.

  • Elite members may be assigned to:

Phone Patch Network.

Mission support Network.

Transglobal Network consisting of Voice, Digital, ALE and Radio Relay.

  • Should have skills with computers which includes installing and maintaining software.
  • Should have a digital capable station with at least 100 watts of power
  • Participate quarterly in a COMEX, (COMunications EXercise)
  • Required to participate within the primary assignment a minimum of 12 hours per quarter.

 Do you have what it takes?

If you want to further your radio communications skills and achieve the next level of operations, become an active member in the USAF MARS program, a military based radio communications circuit.

Reginald B. Cass, AFS54C This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

54th Air Force MARS Group Commander

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