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Twenty-Fifth Air Force

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The Twenty-Fifth Air Force, headquartered at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, provides multisource intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance products, applications and resources, to include cyber and geospatial forces and expertise. Additionally, it is the Service Cryptologic Component responsible to the National Security Agency/Central Security Service for Air Force matters involving the conduct of cryptologic activities, including the full spectrum of missions directly related to both tactical warfighting and national-level operations.

First activated Oct. 20, 1948, as the United States Air Force Security Service, it has had a number of organizational realignments and re-designations throughout its history, and today reports as a Numbered Air Force to Air Combat Command.

Execute worldwide intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance to protect and defend the United States and its global interests.

Employ innovative intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, cyber and electronic warfare capabilities, fully integrated into joint, multi-domain operations, to detect, disrupt, deter, destroy and defeat our adversaries.

Headquartered at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, the Twenty-Fifth Air Force first activated Oct. 20, 1948, and currently employs approximately 29,000 Airmen located across the globe assigned to subordinate units:

9th Reconnaissance Wing; Beale Air Force Base, California 
The 9th Reconnaissance Wing is responsible for providing national and theater command authorities with timely, reliable, high-quality, high-altitude reconnaissance products. To accomplish this mission, the wing is equipped with the nation's fleet of U-2 and RQ-4 reconnaissance aircraft and associated support equipment. The wing also maintains a high state of readiness in its expeditionary combat support forces for potential deployment in response to theater contingencies. 

The 9th Reconnaissance Wing is composed of more than 4,500 personnel in four groups at Beale and multiple overseas operating locations.

9th Reconnaissance Wing
• 69th Reconnaissance Group; Grand Forks AFB, North Dakota
• 9th Operations Group
• 9th Maintenance Group
• 9th Mission Support Group
• 9th Medical Group

55th Wing; Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska 
The 55th Wing, headquartered at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, is Air Combat Command's largest wing with a budget of more than $477 million annually, 49 aircraft, 32 squadrons and more than 7,000 employees. The wing conducts a global flying mission with worldwide reconnaissance and treaty verification tasked by our nation's highest levels as well as the National Airborne Operations Center. Additionally, it provides base support to more than 50 associate units, including U.S. Strategic Command, the 557th Weather Wing and a military community of more than 57,000.

The wing is comprised of six groups, five located at Offutt AFB and one at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona.

55th Wing
• 55th Communications Group
• 55th Operations Group
• 55th Maintenance Group
• 55th Mission Support Group
• 55th Medical Group
• 55th Electronic Combat Group; Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona 

70th ISR Wing; Fort George G. Meade, Maryland  
The 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing, headquartered at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, is the primary provider of signals intelligence to national leaders, combatant commanders and combat forces. As the Air Force's "cryptologic wing," the 70th ISRW serves as a key enabler of cryptologic operations in support of policy makers and warfighters across the globe. The Wing conducts worldwide, real-time signals intelligence and information assurance missions for ongoing air, space and cyberspace operations. 

The 70th ISR Wing is organized into six subordinate ISR groups, 22 squadrons and multiple operating locations.

70th ISR Wing
• 373rd ISR Group; Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska
• 543rd ISR Group; Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas
• 544th ISR Group; Peterson AFB, Colorado
• 659th ISR Group
• 691st ISR Group
• 707th ISR Group

319th Reconnaissance Wing; Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota 
Provide decisional advantage to our warfighters and national leaders through support of our Nation's Global Hawk High Altitude ISR mission. Ensure strategic command and control through operation of the Nation's High Frequency Global Communication System.  Afford Combatant Commanders mission-ready Airmen anytime, anywhere. Provide Airmen and families of the Grand Forks AFB team, to include geographically separated units, with responsive, tailored, and mission-focused support.

The 319th Reconnaissance Wing, headquartered at Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota, is responsible for the infrastructure and operational support to the RQ-4 Global Hawk mission.  The 2,000 Total Force Airmen assigned to the 319th RW provides rapid combat support through mission support functions, mobility preparedness, and continuous security to Grand Forks, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and Cavalier Air Force Station located in Cavalier, North Dakota.  

319th Reconnaissance Wing
• 319th Mission Support
• 319th Medical Group 
• 319th Operations Group

363d ISR Wing; Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia 
The 363rd ISR Wing, headquartered at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, is the only wing of its kind across the Air Force. The wing conducts lethal, resilient and ready operations across four key mission areas: analysis of air, space and cyber operations; full-spectrum targeting; special operations ISR; and ISR testing, tactics development and advanced training. The wing's dynamically adaptive, problem-centric and audaciously innovative approach provides lethal capabilities and unmatched value for our nation.

The wing is comprised of three groups, and various global locations.

363d ISR Wing
• 361st ISR Group; Hurlburt Field, Florida
• 363rd ISR Group 
• 365th ISR Group; Nellis AFB, Nevada      

480th ISR Wing; Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia 
The 480th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing, headquartered at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, is the Air Force leader in globally networked ISR operations. The wing's comprehensive set of ISR capabilities include lead wing designation for the Air Force Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS), as well as national cryptologic, information technology, cyber ISR, tactical analysis, Combined Forces Air Component Commander-support, and national-to-tactical signals intelligence integration. 

Currently, the 480th ISR Wing is organized into six subordinate ISR groups and 23 active-duty squadrons. With more than 6,000 Airmen, the organization serves as the largest ISR wing in the Air Force. 

480th ISR Wing
• 480th ISR Group; Fort Gordon, Georgia   
• 497th ISR Group 
• 548th ISR Group; Beale AFB, California    
• 692nd ISR Group; Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii    
• 693rd ISR Group; Ramstein Air Base, Germany   
• 694th ISR Group; Osan Air Base, South Korea    

Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida 
The Air Force Technical Applications Center provides national authorities quality technical measurements to monitor nuclear treaty compliance and develops advanced proliferation monitoring technologies to preserve our nation’s security. It is the sole organization in the federal government whose mission is to detect and report technical data from foreign nuclear explosions.

AFTAC is a surveillance organization subordinate to Twenty-Fifth Air Force, an Air Combat Command Numbered Air Force, located at Lackland AFB, Texas. AFTAC is located at Patrick AFB on Florida’s east coast, less than 30 miles south of the Kennedy Space Center. AFTAC includes nine detachments, four operating locations and more than 60 unmanned equipment locations around the world supporting AFTAC’s long range nuclear detection mission.

Air Force Technical Applications Center
• 709th Special Surveillance and Analysis Group
• 709th Support Group