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Intelligence Squadron gains new leader, continues mission in cyberspace

75th Intelligence Squadron

75th Intelligence Squadron

Lt. Col. Sean M. Callahan receives the 75th Intelligence Squadron guidon from Col. Aaron D. Drake, commander, 659th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group, July 17. Lt. Col. Becky M. Beers, right, is the outgoing commander.

Lt. Col. Sean M. Callahan receives the 75th Intelligence Squadron guidon from Col. Aaron D. Drake, commander, 659th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group, July 17. Lt. Col. Becky M. Beers, right, is the outgoing commander.

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – LACKLAND, Texas --

Lt. Col. Sean M. Callahan became the commander of the 75th Intelligence Squadron July 17 during a ceremony at the Pfingston Basic Military Training Reception Center, Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland. Col. Aaron D. Drake, commander, 659th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group, presided over the ceremony, where Lt. Col. Becky M. Beers relinquished command.

 

In his remarks, Drake emphasized the importance of having a strong leader to continue building the squadron.

 

“So how do you take such a critical unit to the next level?” Drake asked. “You pick someone with exactly the right talents and experience to integrate the 75th’s cyber capabilities into how the Air Force conducts operations.  And that is Lt. Col. Sean Callahan. Sean is definitely the right person to lead the amazing Airmen of the 75th IS and integrate cyber capabilities into MDO (multi-domain operations).”

 

Callahan comes to the 75th from Seoul, Republic of Korea, where he was the chief of the Target Intelligence Branch and chief of the Combined Targeting Organization at United States Forces Korea and Combined Forces Command. He lead U.S. and Korean Joint military, civilians and contractors in executing target intelligence production and policy for the Korean theater in support of operational and contingency planning. Callahan is a graduate of Baylor University.

 

The new commander looks forward to leading the 75th in its mission.

 

"I'm truly honored and humbled to take command of the 75th Intelligence Squadron,” Callahan said. “The Cyber Wolves are an elite group of intelligence professionals who have done an amazing job in not only executing an extremely important and challenging mission set, but in standing up the squadron over the past two years, as well.”

 

The 75th has become an integral asset in its two years of existence, and Drake appreciates the Airmen who made it all possible.

 

“Our nation needs to be able to impact an adversary in the cyber domain, so that we can hold something an adversary cares very much about at risk without immediately escalating to massive kinetic attacks,” Drake said. “That is why the 75th and its officers, enlisted and government civilians are so vital.  They are that credible deterrent in cyberspace, and this is why they work so hard, often missing dinners with family and weekend sporting events, and why what they do matters so much.

 

“Becky was the perfect Airman to lead the creation of the 75 IS… a 17D (Cyberspace Operations Officer) with numerous assignments with or supporting the Intelligence Community,” Drake said. “She has led Airmen literally her entire career.”

 

Callahan also appreciates the hard work of his predecessor.

 

“The outgoing commander, Lt. Col. Becky Beers, is a phenomenal leader, and I am in awe of how much she was able to accomplish with this group of talented Airmen,” Callahan said. “I am absolutely thrilled to be serving this outstanding team for the next two years!”

 

The 75th Intelligence Squadron is a descendent of the 75th Radio Squadron Mobile and was activated June 20, 1953, at Brooks Air Force Base, Texas. The squadron is currently located on Joint Base San Antonio – Lackland and falls under the 659th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group, 70th ISR Wing, 25th Air Force. It is comprised of 207 officers, enlisted, civilian and contract personnel delivering ISR products and offensive cyberspace capabilities in support of operational planning and execution for U.S. Cyber Command, Strategic Command and European Command.