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New ISR Wing joins Air Force with unique mission

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The Air Force's newest wing, and one with a unique mission, was activated here Feb. 18, in a ceremony officiated by Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, headquartered here.

The stand-up of the 363rd Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing continues the Air Force ISR transformation process begun last fall with the re-designation of the Air Force ISR Agency as the 25th Air Force, an operational Numbered Air Force within ACC. The 363rd will be the first and only wing of its type within the Air Force, providing integrated cross-domain targeting and analysis, and producing tailored, integrated analytical and targeting products for the operational and tactical-level warfighters. The new wing is aligned as a subordinate unit to 25th AF. 

"The creation of this wing is a resounding statement that we are serious about revitalizing, reconstituting and revolutionizing two core Air Force competencies:  targeting and all-source analysis," said Maj. Gen. John N.T. Shanahan, 25th AF commander and host of the ceremony. "We'll provide this new wing with the resources and the advocacy needed to focus on content-dominant, multi-intelligence analysis and targeting. And we'll foster partnerships and expand intelligence sharing across other 25th Air Force wings and centers, as well as 24th Air Force, 14th Air Force, [National Air and Space Intelligence Center] and our Intelligence Community partners."

The wing will be the only Air Force entity solely focused on content-dominant multi-intelligence analysis and targeting for five distinct mission sets: Air Defenses, Counter-Space, Counter-ISR, Theater Ballistic Missile/Cruise Missile Threat, and Air Threat.

The new wing was created by combining existing organizations, including the Air Force Targeting Center at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., the 361st ISR Group at Hurlburt Field, Fla., the 526th and 547th Intelligence Squadrons from the Air Force Warfare Center at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., and reassigning or activating appropriate intelligence squadrons.

Col. Michael Stevenson took the reins of the new wing during the ceremony and said bringing these organizations together as one offers incredible opportunities for the Air Force.

"Through this wing we will harness the power of both the Air Force and the national intelligence enterprises for our Air Force operational and tactical commanders," Col. Stevenson said as he became the wing's first commander.  "Our ultimate customers -- the men and women who plan and fly operational missions -- will see dramatic boosts in our target systems analyses, and greatly enhanced understanding of the threat. No matter what's being flown -- from the AC-130 to B-2 to C-17 to F-22 -- or where they're flying, we'll be judged by the quality our target materials and the threat assessment we provide. This is a no-fail business."

The 363rd headquarters will remain at JBLE in the space occupied by the former AF Targeting Center.