318th Cyberspace Operations Group

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318th Cyberspace Operations Group
Active 1943–1945; 2000–present
Country  United States
Branch  United States Air Force
Type Information Operations
Part of Air Force Space Command
Garrison/HQ Lackland AFB, Texas
Decorations Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
318th Cyberspace Operations Group emblem (approved 1 August 2011)[1] 318th Cyberspace Operations Group emblem.png

The United States Air Force's 318th Cyberspace Operations Group is a United States Air Force information operations unit located at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas.


The mission of the 318 Group is to be an information warfare group, training and integrating advanced tactics, technologies, and tools arming America's warfighters with decisive information warfare combat power.[2]


The 318 Cyberspace Operations Group was originally constituted as the 8th Photographic Reconnaissance Group on 15 September 1943 and activated on 1 October 1943. Unit personnel were trained to provide photographic intelligence for air and ground forces. Moving to India in February 1944, the unit was equipped with F5, F6, F7 and P40 aircraft to conduct photographic reconnaissance, photographic mapping, and visual reconnaissance missions. Products created ranged from maps, mosaics, terrain models, to target charts of areas in Burma, China, French Indochina, and Thailand. Personnel also bombed and strafed enemy installations and provided escort for bombardment units, since the photographic aircraft were dual-capable as bombers.

Redesignated the 8th Reconnaissance Group in June 1945. Returned to the US, October – November 1945. Inactivated on 5 November 1945. Disbanded on 6 March 1947.[1]

In 1985, this Group was reconstituted and redesignated the 318th Electronic Warfare Group, but was never active under that designation.

Reactivated in 2000, the unit took the lead in developing information operations techniques, tactics and procedures for use by the combat air forces and other agencies.


  • Constituted ad the 8th Photographic Reconnaissance Group on 15 September 1943
Activated on 1 October 1943
  • Redesignated 8th Photographic Group, Reconnaissance on 9 October 1943
  • Redesignated 8th Reconnaissance Group on 15 June 1945
inactivated on 5 November 1945
  • Disbanded on 6 March 1947
  • Reconstituted and redesignated 318th Electronic Warfare Group on 31 July 1985
  • Redesignated 318th Information Operations Group on 17 July 2000
Activated on 1 August 2000
  • Redesignated 318th Cyberspace Operations Group on 13 September 2013[1]



Bases stationed[edit]


  • F-6 (1945)
  • F-7 (1944–1945)
  • F-5 (1944–1945)
  • P-40 (1943–1945)

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