by Capt. Holli Nelson
188th Wing Public Affairs
10/29/2015 - EBBING AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Ark. -- Air
Combat Command announced that four units assigned to the 188th Wing
were among those honored with the prestigious Meritorious Unit Award for
The awarded units, which included the 188th Intelligence, Surveillance
and Reconnaissance Group, 123rd Intelligence Squadron, 188th
Intelligence Support Squadron and the 288th Operations Support Squadron,
received the award for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the
performance of outstanding achievement or service in direct support of
combat operations since Sept. 11, 2001.
Three of the four awarded units have been in existence at the 188th Wing
for less than two years since the mission conversion from manned A-10C
Thunderbolt II "Warthog" aircraft to a remotely piloted aircraft,
intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and targeting mission in
June 2014. The forth unit, the 123rd Intelligence Squadron, was moved
under the 188th Wing as part of this conversion and has been supporting
combat operations for a decade.
The ISR mission at the 188th Wing encompasses supporting MQ-9 Reaper
aircraft as well as other RPA operations, a space-focused targeting
squadron and maintaining the Arkansas Distributed Ground Station, one of
several nodes which are part of the Distributed Common Ground System,
also referred to as the AN/GSQ-272 "SENTINEL" weapon system, and
conducting near real-time exploitation of imagery intelligence data to
provide actionable, multisource combat intelligence to combatant
commanders and war fighting forces across the spectrum of conflict.
"Since the inception of the new mission at the 188th Wing, we have been
working toward our goal of creating a world-class, one-of-a-kind center
for ISR and RPA operations and we continue to make monumental strides
toward that objective with accomplishments like this," said Col. Bobbi
Doorenbos, 188th Wing commander. "The designation of this award to these
four units truly showcases the depth and breadth of expertise and
experience our Airmen possess at this Wing. I'm very proud of their
accomplishment and know they will continue to achieve excellence in
support of ISR operations around the globe."
The Four units work with the 480th ISR Wing but are based at and serve
under the 188th Wing. The 480th is the Air Force's lead wing for
Distributed Common Ground Station operations around the globe and is
headquartered at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.
The effective dates of the award span June 1, 2014, through May 30, 2015.