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13th Intelligence Squadron

The 13th Intelligence Squadron patch. In accordance with Chapter 3 of AFI 84-105, commercial reproduction of this emblem is NOT permitted without the permission of the proponent organizational/unit commander.

The 13th Intelligence Squadron patch. In accordance with Chapter 3 of AFI 84-105, commercial reproduction of this emblem is NOT permitted without the permission of the proponent organizational/unit commander.

The 13th Intelligence Squadron located at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., is one of three squadrons aligned under the 548th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group. The 13th IS traces its history back to WWII as the 13th Photographic Technical Unit and the 13th Reconnaissance Technical Squadron, supporting operations in the European theater. It was activated as the 13th IS at Beale Air Force Base Sept. 29, 1994 and realigned under the 548th IG Dec. 1, 2003. The 548th was redesignated to the 548th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group 1 January 2009.

The squadron is responsible for near-real time exploitation and analysis of signals and imagery derived data across seven combatant commands from U-2, MC-12W, Global Hawk, Predator, and Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles, as well as other theater, national, and commercial systems. The "Dark Knights" provide 24/7 reachback support to forward deployed units, providing all-source, fused, and actionable combat intelligence to theater, joint/combined force and component commanders.

Personnel and Resources
The 13th IS has more than 700 active duty, guard, reserve and civilians assigned. The squadron includes more than nine different Air Forces specialties and manages over $1.7 billion in resources.

The squadron is an operations squadron consisting of ten flights: there are four ISR Operations Flights, providing certified mission crews for U-2, RPA, and MC-12W airborne ISR missions as well as on-crew analytical elements. The Mission Management Flight conducts crew scheduling, mission assessment, and mission planning. The Operations Training Flight manages and implements initial and mission qualification training, as well as mission upgrade training. The Weapons and Tactics Flight ensures mission procedures remain current, innovative, and cross-cutting. The Special Missions Flight provides direct support to SOF operations and manages a national exploitation team. The Expeditionary PED Training Flight conducts pre-deployment training for more than 140 warriors annually supporting forward operations. Finally, the Readiness flight includes the Unit Deployment Managers, Unit Security Managers, Resource Advisors and Unit Training Manager.



Presidential Unit Citation:

31 May 1944-30 Jun 1944

22 Feb 1945-23 Feb 1945

18 Feb 1966-12 Oct 1966


Meritorious Unit Awards:

1 Jun 2004-31 May 2006

1 Jun 2006-31 May 2007


Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards:

1 Jan 1965-30 Nov 1965 (with Valor)

1 Jan 1993-31 Dec 1994

1 Jun 1996-31 May 1998

1 Jun 1998-31 May 2000

1 Jun 2000-31 May 2001

1 Jun 2002-31 May 2003 (with Valor)

1 Jun 2007-31 May 2009

1 Jun 2009-31 May 2011

1 Jun 2011-31 Dec 2012

1 Jan 2013-31 Dec 2013


Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Unit Citation:

1 Apr 1966-31 Mar 1968


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