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548th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group

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Country  United States
Part of  Air Combat Command
Role  Intelligence
548th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group
Active  1967-1991, 1992-1994; 2003-present
Branch  United States Air Force
Garrison/HQ  Beale Air Force Base, California

The United States Air Force's 548th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group is an intelligence unit located at Beale AFB, California.

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The group was first activated as the 6th Photographic Technical Squadron in November 1943. After training in the United States, it deployed to the Southwest Pacific Theater, serving in the Pacific until VJ Day. After the end of World War II the squadron remained in the Far East, serving in the occupation forces in Japan. It was still in Japan as the 548th Reconnaissance Technical Squadron, when the Korean War began in June 1950. It supported reconnaissance units in Japan until inactivated in 1960.

The squadron was activated to support Pacific Air Forces at Hickam Air Force Base in October 1965. As the Vietnam War increased the need for photographic interpretation, it expanded to become a group two years later. The 548th continued to serve in the Pacific until inactivating in 1992.

As the 548th Air Intelligence Group the unit was activated in August 1992, supporting Air Combat Command intelligence requirements until October 1994 when it was again inactivated. Its most recent activation at Beale Air Force Base took place in October 2003.

Mission

The mission of the 548 ISRG is to operate and maintain a $1B AN/GSQ-272 "Sentinel" weapon system (also known as Distributed Ground Station or DGS), and provide combatant commanders with processing, exploitation, and dissemination (PED) of actionable intelligence data collected by U-2, MQ-1, MQ-9 and RQ-4 aircraft and other platforms as required.

History

The group was first activated in November 1943 as the 6th Photographic Technical Squadron.

Lineage

  • Constituted as the 6th Photographic Technical Squadron on 20 November 1943
  • Activated on 1 Dec 1943
  • Redesignated 548 Reconnaissance Technical Squadron on 7 January 1950
  • Discontinued on 8 March 1960 Organized on 8 October 1965
  • Redesignated 548th Reconnaissance Technical Group on 1 October 1967
  • Inactivated on 3 July 1991
  • Redesignated 548th Air Intelligence Group on 1 August 1992
  • Activated on 27 August 1992 Inactivated on 1 October 1994
  • Redesignated 548th Intelligence Group on 23 October 2003
  • Activated on 1 December 2003
  • Redesignated 548th Intelligence, surveillance and Reconnaissance Group on 1 January 2009
  • Assignments

  • III Reconnaissance Command, 1 December 1943
  • Thirteenth Air Force, 13 May 1944
  • 91st Reconnaissance Wing, 10 November 1945
  • Pacific Air Command, US Army (later Far East Air Forces), 27 January 1946
  • Fifth Air Force, 5 January 1950
  • Far East Air Forces, 18 February 1950
  • Japanese Air Defense Force, 1 May 1952
  • 6007th Composite Reconnaissance Group (later 6007th Reconnaissance Group, 11 August 1954
  • Far East Air Forces, 2 April 1955
  • 6007th Reconnaissance Group, 1 July 1955
  • Fifth Air Force, 1 July 1957
  • 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, 1 October 1957 - 8 March 1960
  • Pacific Air Forces, 30 June 1965 - 3 July 1991
  • Air Combat Command, 27 August 1992
  • Second Air Force, 1 October 1992
  • Twelfth Air Force, 1 July 1993 - 1 October 1994
  • 480th Intelligence Wing (later 480th Intelligence, Surveillance and Intelligence Wing), 1 December 2003 - present
  • Components

  • 9th Intelligence Squadron (???-Present)
  • 13th Intelligence Squadron (???-Present)
  • 48th Intelligence Squadron (???-Present)
  • Stations

  • Will Rogers Field, Oklahoma, 1 December 1943 - 11 April 1944
  • Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, 13 May - 28 November 1944
  • Morotai, Philippines, 12 December 1944
  • Camp Dulag, Leyte, Philippines, 30 September 1945
  • Fort William McKinley, Luzon, Philippines, 22 November 1945
  • Tokyo, Japan, 17 May 1946
  • Yokota Army Air Base (later Yokota Air Base), Japan, September 1946
  • Showa Air Station, Japan, 30 June 1958
  • Yokota Air Base, Japan, 6 - 8 March 1960
  • Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, 8 October 1965 - 3 December 1991
  • Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, 27 August 1992 - 1 October 1994
  • Beale Air Force Base, California, 1 December 2003 - present
  • References

    548th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group Wikipedia


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