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AF ISR Agency realigns as 25th AF
The Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency will realign as the 25th Air Force under the Air Combat Command in September, 2014. The name change will mark the organization's sixth iteration in its storied 66-year history. (Graphic by AF ISR Agency Multimedia)
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AF ISR Agency realigns as 25th AF

Posted 7/14/2014   Updated 7/14/2014 Email story   Print story


by Staff Sgt. Jarrod Chavana
Air Force ISR Agency Public Affairs

7/14/2014 - JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO - LACKLAND, Texas -- The Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff announced July 14 the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency will become a numbered Air Force.

The new 25th Air Force will remain headquartered at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, but will fall under Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. The AF ISR Agency name will become part of the organization's 66-year legacy.

"For the first time we will combine our incomparable skills as ISR professionals with ISR platforms and sensors," said Maj. Gen. John Shanahan, current agency commander. "We're gaining two wings, the 55th and 9th wing, and building a third ISR wing, which will combine to bring platforms and sensors, targeting, and analysis capabilities together as a holistic, much more integrated, and operationally focused numbered Air Force."

Shanahan becomes the 25th AF commander this September when the move under ACC occurs.

The new organization's mission remains the same: deliver decisive advantage by providing and operating integrated, cross-domain ISR capabilities in concert with service, joint, national and international partners. For the first time, the Air Force's preeminent ISR organization will combine its analysis capabilities with aircraft dedicated to ISR. The three additional wings will fall under what will become one of the largest numbered Air Forces in the Air Force with approximately 28,000 personnel.

"In the context of the reorganization process, from my perspective it's evident the leadership of Headquarters Air Force, ACC and Air Force ISR Agency/25AF is all in to optimize global vigilance," said Steve Doucette, the agency's reorganization project lead. "We've had months of very long days and hard-hitting meetings with ACC and Headquarters Air Force counterparts, who want to ensure combatant commanders get everything Air Force ISR can offer to answer their intelligence problem sets."

The 25th Air Force will continue to operationally execute multi-discipline ISR missions including geospatial intelligence operations, scientific and technical intelligence, measurement and scientific intelligence, signals intelligence, human intelligence, all-source analysis and production.

Shanahan views the new designation as the wave of the future.

"This is the logical evolution in the ISR enterprise," he said. "It's the right step, and moves us further down our evolving path to refine what we bring to the fight in terms of world-class ISR expertise and capabilities."

With the new designation and resource capability synergy, Air Force leadership can now encompass all ISR capabilities under one roof.

"The reorganization will enable us to meet our mission partners' intelligence requirements more effectively and will strengthen our relationship with the intelligence community," said Gen. Mike Hostage, ACC commander. "It also provides one command structure for ISR Airmen, which is very important as we normalize the ISR mission into the combat air forces."

"Combatant commanders and other mission partners count on Air Force ISR capabilities every day; it's a complex and critical mission set that is fundamental to who we are as Combatant Air Force Airmen - it's a part of our DNA," Hostage said.

Through several name changes and alignments in its 66-year history, the Air Force ISR Agency has led the execution of ISR operations in concert with the national intelligence community, DOD's combat support agencies and joint and coalition partners.

This realignment builds on that foundation of cooperation and collaboration by enhancing critical tactical and national relationships, and more closely aligns Air Force ISR forces and capabilities with combat support agencies such as the National Security Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency.

The history and accomplishments of the AF ISR Agency are maintained within the newly formed 25 AF.

7/15/2014 12:40:07 AM ET
Congratulations to all of the fine Airmen involved. It's great to see such an outstanding team of professionals continue to deliver A work defending our great country. And it is a pleasure to know that once upon a time I played a small role in its development.Well Done
Kenneth Shefveland, Vancouver WA
7/14/2014 5:16:56 PM ET
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