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Shanahan takes command of AFISRA

Posted 6/7/2013   Updated 6/7/2013 Email story   Print story


by Wayne Amann
Air Force ISR Agency Public Affairs

6/7/2013 - JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO - LACKLAND, Texas  -- For the 29th time in the storied 65-year legacy of the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency, and its predecessor organizations, a new commander is leading the way.

Maj. Gen. John N. T. "Jack" Shanahan, assumed command from Maj. Gen. Robert P. "Bob" Otto during a change of command ceremony June 7 here. Shanahan is the fourth commanding officer of the Air Force ISR Agency since the unit was re-designated in 2007.

Starting in 1948, its predecessor units: the United States Air Force Security Service was led by 13 commanders; the Electronic Security Command, had four commanders; the Air Force Intelligence Command, one commander and the Air Intelligence Agency, 10 commanders respectively.

"My charter is to build on the magnificent achievements of Maj. Gen. Bob Otto, the entire AFISRA leadership team and the terrific total force ISR Agency Airmen involved in worldwide operations 24-hours a day seven days a week," Shanahan said.

The new AFISRA commander is responsible for leading the nearly 20,000 enterprise members whose mission is to organize, train, equip and present assigned forces and capabilities to conduct ISR for combatant commanders and the nation.

"I have always been incredibly impressed by the ISR Agency," Shanahan said. "Your stellar reputation is hard-earned and well-deserved, your pride palpable. All the organizations within the agency own an eye-watering track record, underscored by the last 12 years of conflict but extending far back when this organization began."

The new commander also implements and oversees execution of Air Force headquarters policy and guidance to expand Air Force ISR capabilities to meet current and future challenges.

"I am supremely interested in ensuring the ISR Agency's importance and relevance extend far into the future, how we adapt to remain indispensable during all operations across the globe and how we bring ISR and cyber even closer together," Shanahan said. "Along with the innovative, creative, talented people across this agency we will become even better."

Prior to his arrival, Shanahan, a 1984 distinguished graduate of the ROTC program at the University of Michigan, was the Deputy Director for Global Operations, Operations Directorate, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., then Special Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.

Among his 21 assignments are three joint assignments.

He also commanded the USAF Weapons School Support Division, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.; 480th Intelligence Group, Langley AFB, Va.; 505th Command and Control Wing, Hurlburt Field, Fla.; and the 55th Wing, Offutt AFB, Neb.

"All of my jobs over the past 10 years helped me gain a rich appreciation for Air Force and Joint ISR, he said. "They've shaped my thoughts regarding three areas I see as critical to future success: cross-domain integration; operational-level command and control; and multi-INT [intelligence], multi-phase national-to-tactical integration. ISR is crucial to success in all three."

Shanahan is a master navigator with more than 2,800 flying hours in the F-4D/E/G, F-15E and RC-135. He is authorized to wear the basic intelligence occupational badge.

"The world is changing rapidly around us leading to new, complex pressures across our entire military," he said. "Standing still is not an option. We will have to adapt quickly to this new environment. No matter what happens over the next few years, we will be called upon time and time again to deliver. And we will deliver."

After relinquishing command of AFISRA, Otto will be promoted to the rank of lieutenant general prior to assuming his new duties as Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Headquarters United States Air Force, Washington, D.C. He succeeds the retiring Lt. Gen. Larry D. James, who officiated the AFISRA ceremony.

Otto becomes the third consecutive outgoing commander in the AFISRA era to attain a third star.

6/24/2013 11:31:00 AM ET
Second the motion to end blues Monday. Such a simple no-cost decision that would provide a tremendous benefit to morale. Plus the fact that we appear to be the only organization left outside the Pentagon still holding on to this policy. Our CYBERCOM DISA and 24AFAFSPC partners here at Fort Meade all have abandoned blues Monday long ago.
Ft Meade Airman, Ft Meade
6/19/2013 5:27:37 AM ET
General Shanahan has some wonderful ideas. Let's see how we do in a fiscally-driven era to deliver on all of these.
6/7/2013 9:36:45 PM ET
Welcome Gen. Shanahan Can we get rid of blues Monday now
Cameron, Ft. Meade
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