24th Intelligence Squadron

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24th Intelligence Squadron
Air Combat Command.png
Active 1942-1945; 1992–1994; 2003–present
Country  United States
Branch  United States Air Force
Role Intelligence
Part of Air Combat Command
Garrison/HQ Ramstein Air Base, Germany
Engagements European Theater of Operations
Decorations Distinguished Unit Citation
Air Force Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Belgian Fourragère
Insignia
24th Intelligence Squadron emblem (approved 10 October 1942)[1] Embled of the 24th IS Logo (USAF).jpg

The 24th Intelligence Squadron, headquartered at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, was activated in January 2003.

Mission[edit]

The 24th Intelligence Squadron plans, directs and conducts multi-source ISR tasking, processing, exploitation and dissemination (TPED) operations in support of USAFE, USEUCOM, USAFRICOM, USCENTCOM, NATO, and Joint/Combined Force Air Component Commanders. The squadron operates two primary mission systems: Distributed Ground System (DGS-4) and Eagle Vision One.

DGS-4 is a part of the greater Distributed Common Ground System (AF DCGS), which is the Air Force's "Sentinel" weapon system (AN/GSQ-272). DGS-4 is one of five core sites executing collection, processing, exploitation and dissemination of intelligence data derived from Air Force ISR platforms including U-2 and PREDATOR UAV. DGS-4 has the unique distinction to be the only DGS involved in operations across three different commands on a recurring basis (USEUCOM, USCENTCOM and USAFRICOM).

Eagle Vision One executes collection, processing, exploitation and dissemination of Commercial Satellite Imagery (CSI). The 24th Intelligence Squadron’s Eagle Vision One is one of only five Eagle Vision systems worldwide. It is the only active duty Eagle Vision unit with its own pool of Eagle Vision imagery analysts. Eagle Vision is a deployable ground station with the capability to produce CSI and geospatial products.

History[edit]

The 24th Intelligence Squadron (IS) traces its roots back to World War II. It was constituted as the 24th Observation Squadron (Light) on 5 February 1942 and activated on 27 February 1942 under the 76th Observation (later 76th Reconnaissance) Group at Wilmington, NC. The unit was redesignated, inactivated and reactivated numerous times over the years, finally activating in its current form on 8 June 2003 as the 24 IS.

Lineage[edit]

  • Constituted as the 24th Observation Squadron (Light) on 5 February 1942
Activated on 6 March 1942
Redesignated 24th Observation Squadron on 4 July 1942
Redesignated 24th Reconnaissance Squadron (Bombardment) on 2 April 1943
Redesignated 33d Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron on 11 August 1943
Inactivated on 4 October 1945
  • Redesignated 24th Air Intelligence Squadron on 1 February 1992
Activated on 11 February 1992
Inactivated on 1 December 1995
  • Redesignated 24th Intelligence Squadron on 17 December 2002
Activated on 8 January 2003[1]

Assignments[edit]

Stations[edit]

Awards and campaigns[edit]

Award streamer Award Dates Notes
Streamer PUC Army.PNG Presidential Unit Citation France 6–20 May 1944 33d Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron[1]
AF MUA Streamer.JPG Air Force Meritorious Unit Award 1 June 2014-31 May 2015 24th Intelligence Squadron[1]
AF MUA Streamer.JPG Air Force Meritorious Unit Award 1 June 2015-31 May 2016 24th Intelligence Squadron[1]
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Streamer.jpg Air Force Outstanding Unit Award 11 February 1992-31 July 1993 24th Air Intelligence Squadron[1]
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Streamer.jpg Air Force Outstanding Unit Award 1 January 2006-31 December 2007 24th Intelligence Squadron[1]
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Streamer.jpg Air Force Outstanding Unit Award 1 June 2009-31 May 2011 24th Intelligence Squadron[1]
Blank300.png Belgian Fourragère [12 August-28] September 1944; [6 November]-17 December 1944; 18 December 1944-[14] January 1945 24th Intelligence Squadron[1]
Campaign Streamer Campaign Dates Notes
World War II - American Campaign Streamer (Plain).png American Theater without inscription 27 February 1942 – 12 April 1944 24 Observation Squadron (later 24th Reconnaissance Squadron, 33d Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron)[1]
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal streamer.png Air Offensive, Europe 27 April 1944 – 5 June 1944 33d Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron[1]
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal streamer.png Normandy 6 June 1944 – 24 July 1944 33d Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron[1]
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal streamer.png Northern France 25 July 1944 – 14 September 1944 33d Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron[1]
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal streamer.png Rhineland 15 September 1944 – 21 March 1945 33d Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron[1]
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal streamer.png Ardennes-Alsace 16 December 1944 – 25 January 1945 33d Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron[1]
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal streamer.png Central Europe 22 March 1944 – 21 May 1945 33d Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron[1]
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal streamer.png Air Combat, EAME Theater 27 April 1944 – 11 May 1945 33d Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron[1]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s Bailey, Carl E. (April 6, 2017). "Factsheet 24 Intelligence Squadron (ACC)". Air Force Historical Research Agency. Retrieved May 1, 2017. 

Bibliography[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

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