by Cotton Puryear
Virginia National Guard
3/30/2015 - LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va -- Virginia
National Guard Airmen from the 192nd Intelligence Squadron work
side-by-side with the active duty Air Force every day at Langley Air
Force Base. They provide critical intelligence products to support
warfighting operations around the world, and several of them took part
in a capabilities demonstration for local and national news media hosted
March 17, 2015, by the 480th Intelligence, Surveillance and
"ISR provides supported commanders with decision advantage," explained
Col. Timothy D. Haugh, commander of the 480th ISR Wing. "It makes sure
they have the best available information for whatever decision they have
to make from peacetime to the execution of combat operations."
Because the demand for information has grown significantly, the active Air Force had to look for ways to meet the demand.
"We needed to grow our capabilities beyond the capacity of our wing, and
we have done that through a partnership with the Reserves and Air
National Guard," he said. "We could not do our mission successfully
without that partnership with the Guard and Reserve. They all bring a
lot of capabilities, capacity and talents that have been an incredible
More than 100 Virginia National Guard Airmen support the ISR mission at
Langley in a variety of duty statuses. Some are full-time military
technicians, others volunteer to serve in an active-duty status, while
the majority are traditional Guardsmen who support the ISR mission
during their monthly drill weekends.
The 192nd Intelligence Squadron is part of the 192nd Fighter Wing and
engaged in what is called a "Single Wing Classic Associate" where
National Guard Airmen are fully integrated with the active-duty Air
Force. This means they work side-by-side with the 497th Intelligence,
Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group, the 1st Fighter Wing Operations
and Maintenance Groups and the 735th Supply Chain Operations Group. The
192nd Fighter Wing also conducts independent missions with the 192nd
Security Forces Squadron, the 203rd RED HORSE Civil Engineering Squadron
and 192nd Medical Group.
The 192nd Intelligence Squadron achieved full operational capability in
June 2010 and now provides direct support to assist the active duty as
they execute 70 missions a day, operating 24 hours a day, seven days a
week, 52 weeks a year.
"I'm proud of our Airmen and the culture they have established," said
Lt. Col. David R. Lands, 192nd Intelligence Squadron Commander. "Our
ability to integrate with mission partners while preserving unit
identity and esprit de corps is vital to our role as citizen Airmen."
The 192nd Intelligence Squadron's federal mission is to "provide
near-real-time, high confidence intelligence, surveillance, and
reconnaissance products to Joint Force and Component Commanders," Lands
said. Additionally, their domestic mission is to "provide
near-real-time, high confidence incident awareness and assessment for
domestic operations in the Commonwealth of Virginia" in times of
No matter what their status, they all support the mission from their
home station at Langley. This is possible through a global information
network that allows data collected in one location to be evaluated and
turned into an intelligence product by an analyst thousands of miles
away, Haugh explained.
He said that commanders identify their information requirements, and
then all the different requests are prioritized at the Joint Staff
level. From there, analysts are assigned missions based on those
"We have a large, centrally managed process to ensure that as a nation
we are placing our ISR resources against the highest priority things
that meet our national security objectives and theatre objectives," he
Haugh explained that data comes from a variety of aerial platforms, but
the critical element is getting it to the analyst that will turn it into
the product commanders need. Analysts pull in video and integrate it
with other information to produce their final intelligence product.
"Our Airmen take all the data coming from those aircraft and put it into
useable intelligence for supported commanders," he said. "This allows
commanders at every level in the battle space, it could be a captain or a
three or four-star general, to make decisions on how to position their
Through a global network of installations located in the United States
as well as Germany, Korea, Hawaii and in the Central Command area of
operations, collected data can be routed to an available analyst.
"We are able to leverage the entire global network, take the data and
send it to analyst who can create products to support the joint war
fight," he said. "We are able to be engaged in combat operations while
still at home station."
While ISR is a highly effective integration of the latest technology,
senior leaders acknowledge that it is the people who make the mission
"The greatest asset today's Air Force has is our Airmen," said Gen.
Herbert J. "Hawk" Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command at Langley
Air Force Base, the higher headquarters for the 480th ISR Wing. "The men
and women who raise their right hand and swear an oath to our nation
are simply amazing."