Updated: Monday, 11 Mar 2013, 3:52 AM EDT
Published : Monday, 11 Mar 2013, 3:52 AM EDT
The Air Force's 480th Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Wing is responsible for collecting and analyzing surveillance and intelligence data for U.S. military commanders all around the world.
- Made up of six ISR groups, including the 497th ISR Group at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia
- Others are in Fort Gordon, Ga.; Beale Air Force Base, Calif.; Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii; Ramstein Air Base, Germany; and Osan Air Base, South Korea
- Analysts watch and analyze streaming data from drones, manned aircraft, sensors and intelligence feeds
- Track insurgents, assess battle damage, share information and analysis in real time with commanders and troops on the ground, advising them on when they can attack
- The 490th ISR Wing collects 1,600 hours of video a day
- The 497th ISR Group includes about 1,200 airmen, both men and women
- Analysts work 12-hour shifts; largely 1st and 2nd lieutenants, 19-21 years old
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