480 ISRW Airmen rally at Beale to synchronize ISR efforts

U.S. Air Force Col. Scott Nahrgang, 548th Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance Group commander, briefs Airmen on mission assurance operations at Beale Air Force Base, California

U.S. Air Force Col. Scott Nahrgang, 548th Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance Group commander, briefs Airmen on mission assurance operations at Beale Air Force Base, California, Jan. 30, 2018. The Mission Assurance Operations collaborative conference encompass the totality of activities required to get the right information to the right Airmen at the right time to effectively execute the Wing’s mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley L. Gardner/ Released)

Airmen have an open discussion on new innovation processes in the future at Beale Air Force Base, California

Airmen have an open discussion on new innovation processes in the future at Beale Air Force Base, California, Jan. 30, 2018. The goal of the Mission Assurance Operations collaborative conference is to synchronize efforts across the wing, identify best practices and provide a forum where innovative Airmen can work together to develop potential solutions that address the most difficult challenges. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley L. Gardner/ Released)

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --

Airmen from across the 480th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing gathered here Jan. 30 - Feb. 2, 2018, for an exchange of ideas during the second iteration of the Mission Assurance Operations Collaboration Council hosted by the 48th Intelligence Squadron.

“The MAO Collaboration Council gathers Cyber Support Airmen assigned to Distributed Ground Stations worldwide to share practices, improve processes and formulate a vision for the future of technological advancement and maintenance practices,” said Lt. Col. Michael Doherty, 48th Intelligence Squadron commander.

“The goal of the conference is to synchronize efforts across the wing, identify best practices and provide a forum where our innovative Airmen can work together to develop potential solutions that address our most difficult challenges,” he said.

Airmen tackled challenges unique to the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission using an innovative approach in line with the 25th Air Force commander’s priorities of planning and executing today’s fight through restoring readiness, driving innovation and anticipating tomorrow.

A diverse and Total Force group of Airmen was represented at the conference, as active duty, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Airmen provided input regarding the unique challenges at each Distributed Ground Site. They also focused on solving problems to improve future maintenance capabilities enabling delivery of the right intelligence to the right person at the right time.

Although the conference largely focused on the technology, the key to success is giving equipment and opportunity to the Airmen, allowing them to shape the battle space of tomorrow, said Lt. Col. Brian Lightsey, 480 ISRW chief of ISR systems.

“Being a part of intel and operating in an era in which technology is rapidly moving forward, we understand how vital it is to keep our Airmen ahead of the curve,” Lightsey said.

The MAO Collaboration Council is held biannually to continue sharing knowledge and improving work processes in order to keep up with rapid advancements in technology.

“Hosting this event at Beale allows MAO Airmen from across the wing to see first-hand all of the innovative initiatives 48th Intelligence Squadron Airmen are putting into practice,” Doherty said. “It also provides an opportunity for Airmen from across the wing who are not collocated with flying operations to see and interact with the aircraft and crews that employ the various sensors critical to the wing’s ISR operations.”