The 361 ISR Group provides direct threat warning and enhanced situational awareness to Air Force Special Operations Command aircrews. The 361st brings all Air Force ISR Agency units supporting special operations forces (SOF) under the umbrella of one group to better present ISR capabilities to the SOF community and to streamline the unit's command and control.
The 361 ISR Group began as the 11th Photographic Group (Mapping) 19 Nov 1943. The group's early missions included the photographic mapping of the United States and sending detachments to the Chine-Burma-India Theater, the Near and Middle East, Mexico, Canada, Alaska and the Caribbean to conduct similar missions. It was officially disbanded 5 Oct 1944.
The Air Force re-established and redesignated the 11 PG as the 361st Tactical Intelligence Group on 31 July 1985, but the unit was never activated. The 361 TIG was re-established and redesignated 10 Oct 2008, as the 361st ISR Group.