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548th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group

548th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group

Beale AFB 548th Intelligence and Recon

 

The 548th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group maintains, schedules and operates the Distributed Ground System-2 and Deployable Shelterized System-Film components of the Air Force Distributed Common Ground System. The group is comprised of the 9th Intelligence Squadron, 13th Intelligence Squadron, 48th Intelligence Squadron, 548th Operations Support Squadron, 222nd Intelligence Support Squadron and 234th Intelligence Squadron (California Air National Guard), all at Beale Air Force Base, in addition to the 152nd Intelligence Squadron (Nevada Air National Guard) in Reno,Nevada.

Together, these squadrons process, exploit and disseminate broad-area, long-roll U-2 DLM imagery and near real-time U-2, Global Hawk and Predator imagery and signals data to provide actionable, fused all-source intelligence to theater, joint/combined force and component commanders. Although the group provides this support in garrison, it is also capable of deploying its personnel and assets forward as needed by theater commanders.

The 548th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group’s weapon system spans more than a decade of service to combatant command and service component reconnaissance goals and objectives, including those of operations Allied Force, Joint Endeavor, Southern Watch, Northern Watch, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

The 548th ISR Groups’ Plans and Programs office accomplishes system integration and block upgrades to the various DCGS components. The group’s Standardization and Evaluation office certifies and evaluates the various mission crew positions, and the group’s personnel also maintain Beale Air Force Base’s Special Security of Defense.

9TH INTELLIGENCE SQUADRON

The 9th Intelligence Squadron, “BASHR Eagles,” is a combat unit that operates and maintains the $15 million Deployable Shelterized System-Film (DSS-F), the DOD’s only mobile film-processing capability, and $38 million in film digitization, processing, exploitation and dissemination systems as part of the Air Force Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS). The 9th IS processes, exploits and disseminates broad area, synoptic, high-resolution imagery collected by the U-2 Optical Bar Camera, both in garrison and deployed, to meet all combatant commanders’ objectives. Additionally, they operate the Distributed Ground System-Two (DGS-2). The squadron is responsible for near real-time exploitation of signals and imagery-derived data across six combatant commands from U-2, Global-Hawk, Predator and Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles, as well as national and commercial systems. The BASHREagles provide 24/7 “reach-back” support to forward deployed units, providing all source, fused and actionable combat intelligence to theater, joint/combined force and component commanders.

13TH INTELLIGENCE SQUADRON

The 13th Intelligence Squadron, “Dark Knights,” operate Distributed Ground System-Two (DGS-2). The squadron is responsible for near real-time exploitation of signals and imagery-derived data across six combatant commands from U-2, Global Hawk, Predator and Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles, as well as national and commercial systems. The Dark Knights provide 24/7 “reach-back” support to forward deployed units, providing all source, fused and actionable combat intelligence to theater, joint/combined force and component commanders.

48TH INTELLIGENCE SQUADRON

The 48th Intelligence Squadron is a worldwide deployable unit that operates the specialized intelligence and communications segments of the AN/GSQ-272 Air Force Distributed Common Ground System weapon system. The distributed ground station provides real-time strike information and actionable combat intelligence to warfighting forces. The 48th IS executes the maintenance, logistics, supply and communications/computer functions of DGS-2 and forward deploys the Mobile Stretch U-2 ground relay station.

548TH OPERATIONS SUPPORT SQUADRON

The 548th Operations Support Squadron, “The Leading Edge,” is responsible to provide mission management, operational training, tactics development and systems integration for more than 900 active-duty, Guard and Reserve mission-ready crewmembers at Distributed Ground System-Two (DGS-2) providing theater, joint/combined force and component commanders near-real time exploitation and analysis of signals and imagery derived data from U-2, Global Hawk, Project Liberty, Predator and Reaper intelligence platforms, as well as other theater, national and commercial systems.

152ND INTELLIGENCE SQUADRON

The 152nd Intelligence Squadron of the Nevada Air National Guard is gained by the 548th Intelligence Group to perform its federal mission of providing timely, actionable imagery intelligence to Air Force, joint task force and unified commanders from in garrison as Remote Site 5 of the Air Force Distributed Common Ground System. The unit also maintains a fully deployable collection, analysis and dissemination capability with the C-130H2 Scathe View. The squadron’s state mission is to provide imagery support to the Joint Force Headquarters Emergency Operations Center as directed by the governor of the state of Nevada through the adjutant general.

222ND INTELLIGENCE SUPPORT SQUADRON

The 222nd Intelligence Support Squadron is an Air National Guard squadron whose federal mission is to organize, train and equip DGS communications maintenance professionals to maintain equipment and infrastructure that comprises DGS-2 to make possible day and night, all weather, near-real timemulti-intelligence processing, exploitation and dissemination to U.S. and coalition combat forces.

In addition, it has a state mission, which is the protection of life and property; preservation of peace, order, public safety and disaster relief in times of earthquakes, floods and forest fires; search and rescue; protection of vital public services; and support to civil defense by order of the governor of California.

234TH INTELLIGENCE SQUADRON

The 234th Intelligence Squadron is an Air National Guard squadron whose federal mission is to integrate with and support the 548th Intelligence Group in providing full-spectrum imagery exploitation and multidisciplinary products to the total force along with in-garrison communications, computer maintenance and integration, and planning support functions for the $1 billion Distributed Ground Station-Two, exploitation arm for U-2, Global Hawk and Predator unmanned aerial vehicles.

In addition, it has a state mission, which is the protection of life and property, preservation of peace, order, public safety and disaster relief in times of earthquakes, floods and forest fires; search and rescue; protection of vital public services; and support to civil defense by order of the governor of California.

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