The 214th Reconnaissance Squadron (214 RS) is a unit of the Arizona Air National Guard 214th Reconnaissance Group located at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tuscon, Arizona. The 214th is equipped with the General Atomics MQ-1 Predator
Currently, the unit flies over Afghanistan on a continual basis flying 20 hours per day, seven days per week. Predator operations provide troops on the ground with both daylight and infrared video of selected targets. In addition, the aircraft is equipped with two laser-guided AGM-114 Hellfire missiles.
Arizona Air National Guard Predator operations will first fill worldwide theater requirements, but will also likely evolve into providing direct defense for the homeland in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Northern Command.
A permanent facility at Davis-Monthan was completed 2009, and hangar facilities at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, in 2011. Crews from the 214th RG launch local sorties from the Southern Arizona Army air field.
- Lineage: Designated 214th Reconnaissance Squadron, and allotted to Arizona ANG, 2007
- Extended federal recognition and activated, 29 August 2007
This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.
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