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480th ISRW commander pays first visit to 548th ISRG

480th ISRW Commander visits the 548th ISRG.

U.S. Air Force Col. Max Pearson, 480th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing commander, speaks with U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Joshua Goings, 48th Intelligence Squadron communications specialist, during a tour of the 548th ISR Group’s new building on Beale Air Force Base, California, Oct. 4, 2018. Throughout his two-day visit to Beale AFB, Pearson visited multiple 548th ISRG units and recognized the group’s top performers. The 548th ISRG consists of more than 1,200 members spanning more than 40 Air Force specialties. (U.S. Air Force photo Airman 1st Class Danielle McBride)

480th ISRW Commander visits the 548th ISRG.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Elaini Lawson, 13th Intelligence Squadron, gives a briefing to the commander and command chief of the 480th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing, U.S. Air Force Col. Max Pearson and U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Summer Leifer, during their tour of the 548th ISR Group’s operations floor on Beale Air Force Base, California, Oct. 4, 2018. The 548th ISRG’s 13th and 9th Intelligence Squadrons are responsible for the production and exploitation of intelligence products. Pearson spent two days at Beale AFB visiting 548th ISRG Airmen and units for the first time as the 480th ISRW commander. (U.S. Air Force photo Airman 1st Class Danielle McBride)

480th ISRW Commander visits the 548th ISRG.

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Summer Leifer, 480th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing command chief, speaks during a podcast with the 548th ISR Group superintendent, U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Ian Eishen, and U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Danielle McBride, 9th Intelligence Squadron film processor, at the innovation lab on Beale Air Force Base, California, Oct. 4, 2018. The podcast is one product the group is using to connect diverse, innovative members from industry, academia and government to develop capabilities, options and prototype opportunities for the U.S. Air Force. The overall goal of the innovation lab is to foster a culture of innovation at all levels of the U.S. Air Force.. (U.S. Air Force photo Airman 1st Class Danielle McBride)

480th ISRW Commander visits the 548th ISRG.

U.S. Air Force Col. Max Pearson, 480th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing commander, and U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Summer Leifer, 480th ISRW command chief, talk with 548th ISR Group Airmen during an all-call at Beale Air Force Base, California, Oct. 3, 2018. Pearson spent two days visiting 548th ISRG Airmen and units for the first time as the 480th ISRW commander. Pearson spent two days at Beale AFB visiting 548th ISRG Airmen and units for the first time as the 480th ISRW commander. (U.S. Air Force photo Airman 1st Class Danielle McBride)

480th ISRW Commander visits the 548th ISRG.

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Summer Leifer, 480th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing command chief, talks with 548th ISR Group Airmen during lunch at the group’s newly-remodeled courtyard on Beale Air Force Base, California, Oct. 3, 2018. The courtyard gives 548th ISRG Airmen a place to relax outdoors without the leaving the group’s secured compound. The 548th ISRG delivers real-time, high-confidence ISR products and services to joint and coalition forces, as well as other designated government agencies. (U.S. Air Force photo Airman 1st Class Danielle McBride)

480th ISRW Commander visits the 548th ISRG.

U.S. Air Force Col. Max Pearson, 480th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing commander, and U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Summer Leifer, 480th ISRW command chief, receive a briefing from U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Christine Montclair, 9th Intelligence Squadron optical bar camera deputy flight commander, at Beale Air Force Base, California, Oct. 3, 2018. The OBC is carried by the U-2 Dragon Lady, which routinely flies at an altitude of more than 70,000 feet. Airmen in the 9th IS’s OBC flight are responsible for developing the wet-film imagery captured by the OBC. (U.S. Air Force photo Airman 1st Class Danielle McBride)

480th ISRW Commander visits the 548th ISRG.

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Summer Leifer, 480th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing command chief, rides a bicycle through the 548th ISR Group’s campus during her visit to Beale Air Force Base, California, Oct. 3, 2018. The bicycle belongs to the 548th ISRG and is part of the group’s bike-sharing program. The program was created to help Airmen who do not have vehicles travel around base. Leifer visited Beale AFB with U.S. Air Force Col. Max Pearson, who made his first visit to the base as the 480th ISRW commander. (U.S. Air Force photo Airman 1st Class Danielle McBride)

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --

Col. Max Pearson, 480th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing commander, toured the 548th ISR Group for the first time at Beale Air Force Base, Oct. 3 and 4, 2018.

 

Pearson became the commander of the 480th ISRW, headquartered at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, in June. The visit was part of his immersion tour, which consisted of meeting Airmen and learning about the group’s mission.

 

“I’m a believer that the best way to serve my organization is to share context with my Airmen,” said Pearson. “The best ideas created in this organization come from the Airmen. The more context Airmen understand, the better they will be able to generate innovative ideas and keep the spirit of this organization alive.”

 

The 480th ISRW, home to more than 6,000 military members, is an Air Force leader in globally-networked ISR operations. The 548th ISRG plays a significant role in the wing’s mission by delivering combat ISR power from the air, providing intelligence for the United States and its allies, and supporting combat operations.

 

“The Airmen here have built an amazing reputation for achieving the mission and delivering results downrange for our Department of Defense combatant commanders,” said Pearson. “The innovation in this wing is renowned across the Air Force.”

 

The 548th is one of six ISRGs that Pearson oversees worldwide. The other Distributed Ground Systems are located at Fort Gordon, Georgia; Joint Base Langley - Eustis, Virginia; JB Pearl Harbor - Hickam, Hawaii; Ramstein Air Base, Germany; and Osan AB, Republic of Korea.

 

“Col. Pearson and I want every Airman in this wing to feel valued by every level of leadership,” said Chief Master Sgt. Summer Leifer, 480th ISRW command chief, who accompanied the commander on his tour. “We need help with accomplishing this, and one of the ways we can achieve this goal is by conducting visits with Airmen in their workplaces and hear their thoughts and feelings.”

 

The wing commander and command chief visited the U-2 Dragon Lady Optical Bar Camera Film Processing Center, operations floor and Distributed Ground System-2 Annex. Throughout their visit, Pearson and Leifer learned about the group’s mission execution, quality of life, work environment and culture of innovation.

 

“The Airmen here are part of something much bigger than themselves, and they are doing amazing things for our military and nation,” said Pearson.  “I would like to say thanks for the excellence they bring to the mission, and I’m proud to stand here and be this wing’s commander.”