48th Intelligence Squadron

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48th Intelligence Squadron
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Active 1963–1994; 1994-present
Country  United States
Branch  United States Air Force
Role Intelligence
Part of 548th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group
Garrison/HQ Beale Air Force Base, California
Engagements Kosovo Campaign
Decorations Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Combat "V" Device
air Force Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award[1]
48th Intelligence Squadron emblem (approved 19 April 1965)[1] 48th Intelligence Squadron.PNG

The United States Air Force's 48th Intelligence Squadron is an intelligence unit located at Beale AFB, California. The 48 IS is associated with U-2 operations.


The 48 IS provides in-garrison and deployed communications and logistics maintenance for the DGS-2 and Deployable Shelterized System-Film (DSS-F) elements of the AN/GSQ-272 SENTINEL (also known as Distributed Common Ground System, or DCGS). The unit also ensures multisource intelligence from U-2, Predator, Reaper, and Global Hawk aircraft is exploited in real-time and sent to combatant commanders and warfighting forces.



  • Designated as the 6948 Security Squadron (Mobile) and organized on 1 July 1963
Redesignated 6948th Electronic Security Squadron on 1 August 1979
Redesignated 48th Intelligence Squadron on 1 October 1993
Inactivated on 30 September 1994
  • Activated on 30 November 1994[1]


  • 6940th Security Wing, 1 July 1963
  • 6955th Security Group, 1 July 1974
  • United States Air Force Security Service (later Electronic Security Command), 15 May 1975
  • 6960th Electronic Security Wing (later Continental Electronic Security Division), 1 July 1980
  • 695th Electronic Security Wing, 3 October 1988
  • Continental Electronic Security Division, 1 January 1991
  • 693d Intelligence Wing, 1 October 1991
  • 67th Intelligence Group, 1 October 1993 – 30 September 1994
  • 67th Intelligence Group, 30 November 1994
  • 480th Intelligence Group, 31 January 2000
  • 548th Intelligence Group (later 548th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group), 1 December 2003 – present[1]




  1. ^ a b c d e f Bailey, Carl E. (February 25, 2015). "Factsheet 48 Intelligence Squadron (ACC)". Air Force Historical Research Agency. Retrieved March 8, 2017. 


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

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