The 53 Test and Evaluation Group Detachment 2 is a selectively manned unit responsible for managing and executing HQ ACC-directed operational test and evaluations (OT&E) and tactics development and evaluations (TD&E) for U-2 Dragon Lady and RQ-4 Global Hawk sensor, hardware, and software upgrades to maximize combat capabilities. It provides operational, maintenance, and technical expertise to USAF, DoD, and industry in the development of U-2 and RQ-4 weapon system concepts, sustainment, and employment techniques. Results and conclusions support DoD deployment and employment decisions.
15 active duty and civilian members are assigned to the 53 TEG, Det 2. The unit consists of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) pilots, U-2 pilots, maintainers, and support personnel. The unit falls under the 53d Test and Evaluation Group, 53d Test Wing located at Eglin AFB.
The 53d Test and Evaluation Group, Detachment 2 was activated at Beale AFB on 14 September 2004. The unit still currently resides at Beale AFB as a detachment out of the 53d Test and Evaluation Group at Nellis AFB.