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Return of the 691st ISR Group, aiding partners and Air Force Cryptologic Enterprise

Chief Master Sgt. Benjamin Higginbotham, 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing command chief, holds the 691st  Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group flag as the new 691st ISRG commander,  Colonel David James, gives his final remarks during the 691st ISRG re-activation ceremony May 5, 2016, at Fort George G. Meade, Md. Officially in-activated September 2014 at Royal Air Force Menwith Hill Station, United Kingdom, the 691st ISRG returns and is now activated under the 70th ISR Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

Chief Master Sgt. Benjamin Higginbotham, 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing command chief, holds the 691st Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group flag as the new 691st ISRG commander, Colonel David James, gives his final remarks during the 691st ISRG re-activation ceremony May 5, 2016, at Fort George G. Meade, Md. Officially in-activated September 2014 at Royal Air Force Menwith Hill Station, United Kingdom, the 691st ISRG returns and is now activated under the 70th ISR Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

Colonel David James, 691st Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group commander, gives thanks to the attendees and his Airmen during the 691st ISRG re-activation ceremony May 5, 2016, at Fort George G. Meade, Md. Prior to assuming command of the 691st ISRG, James held the position of Director of Cyberspace Policy, Resources and Capabilities for the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington D.C. position.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

Colonel David James, 691st Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group commander, gives thanks to the attendees and his Airmen during the 691st ISRG re-activation ceremony May 5, 2016, at Fort George G. Meade, Md. Prior to assuming command of the 691st ISRG, James held the position of Director of Cyberspace Policy, Resources and Capabilities for the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington D.C. position. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

Colonel Thomas Hensley, 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing commander passes the group guidon to Col. David James, as he assumes command of the 691st ISR Group May 5, 2016, at Fort George G. Meade, Md. Officially in-activated September 2014 at Royal Air Force Menwith Hill Station, United Kingdom, the 691st ISRG returns and is now activated under the 70th ISR Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

Colonel Thomas Hensley, 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing commander passes the group guidon to Col. David James, as he assumes command of the 691st ISR Group May 5, 2016, at Fort George G. Meade, Md. Officially in-activated September 2014 at Royal Air Force Menwith Hill Station, United Kingdom, the 691st ISRG returns and is now activated under the 70th ISR Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

Colonel David James, 691st Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group commander, gives thanks to the attendees and his Airmen during the 691st ISRG re-activation ceremony May 5, 2016, at Fort George G. Meade, Md. Prior to assuming command of the 691st ISRG, James held the position of Director of Cyberspace Policy, Resources and Capabilities for the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington D.C. position.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

Colonel David James, 691st Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group commander, gives thanks to the attendees and his Airmen during the 691st ISRG re-activation ceremony May 5, 2016, at Fort George G. Meade, Md. Prior to assuming command of the 691st ISRG, James held the position of Director of Cyberspace Policy, Resources and Capabilities for the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington D.C. position. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

Colonel David James, 691st Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group commander, renders his first salute to the Airmen of the 691st ISRG during a re-activation ceremony May 5, 2016, at Fort George G. Meade, Md. Officially in-activated September 2014 at Royal Air Force Menwith Hill Station, United Kingdom, the 691st ISRG returns and is now activated under the 70th ISR Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

Colonel David James, 691st Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group commander, renders his first salute to the Airmen of the 691st ISRG during a re-activation ceremony May 5, 2016, at Fort George G. Meade, Md. Officially in-activated September 2014 at Royal Air Force Menwith Hill Station, United Kingdom, the 691st ISRG returns and is now activated under the 70th ISR Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

Colonel Thomas Hensley, 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing commander, and Col. David James, 691st ISRG commander, stand as Chief Master Sgt. Benjamin Higginbotham, 70th ISR Wing command chief, holds the unfurled 691st unit flag symbolizing the re-activation of the group May 5, 2016, at Fort George G. Meade, Md. Officially in-activated September 2014 at Royal Air Force Menwith Hill Station, United Kingdom, the 691st ISRG returns and is now activated under the 70th ISR Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

Colonel Thomas Hensley, 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing commander, and Col. David James, 691st ISRG commander, stand as Chief Master Sgt. Benjamin Higginbotham, 70th ISR Wing command chief, holds the unfurled 691st unit flag symbolizing the re-activation of the group May 5, 2016, at Fort George G. Meade, Md. Officially in-activated September 2014 at Royal Air Force Menwith Hill Station, United Kingdom, the 691st ISRG returns and is now activated under the 70th ISR Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

Colonel David James, 691st Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group commander, stands at attention as the assumption of command order is published during the 691st ISRG re-activation ceremony May 5, 2016, at Fort George G. Meade, Md. Prior to assuming command of the 691st ISRG, James held the position of Director of Cyberspace Policy, Resources and Capabilities for the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington D.C. position. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

Colonel David James, 691st Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group commander, stands at attention as the assumption of command order is published during the 691st ISRG re-activation ceremony May 5, 2016, at Fort George G. Meade, Md. Prior to assuming command of the 691st ISRG, James held the position of Director of Cyberspace Policy, Resources and Capabilities for the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington D.C. position. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

Colonel Thomas Hensley, 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing commander, gives remarks to introduce the new 691st ISR Group commander Col. David James, during the 691st Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Group re-activation ceremony May 5, 2016, at Fort George G. Meade, Md. Officially inactivated September 2014 at Royal Air Force Menwith Hill Station, United Kingdom, the 691st ISRG returns and is now activated under the 70th ISR Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

Colonel Thomas Hensley, 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing commander, gives remarks to introduce the new 691st ISR Group commander Col. David James, during the 691st Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Group re-activation ceremony May 5, 2016, at Fort George G. Meade, Md. Officially inactivated September 2014 at Royal Air Force Menwith Hill Station, United Kingdom, the 691st ISRG returns and is now activated under the 70th ISR Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md -- Colonel David James assumed command of the 691st Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group during a re-activation ceremony, May 5, 2016 at Fort George G. Meade, Md.

Prior to assuming command of the 691st ISRG, James held the position of Director of Cyberspace Policy, Resources and Capabilities for the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington D.C. position. An Air Force academy graduate, James has served in all three levels of leadership roles to include commanding ISR and Cyberspace units.

Officially inactivated in September 2014 at Royal Air Force Menwith Hill Station, United Kingdom, the 691st ISRG has now stood up to link Air and Space operations with the Global Cryptologic Enterprise. The group was chosen to be re-activated to increase mission effectiveness aiding intelligence community partners and the Air Force. The new capabilities will allow for Airmen to take on an active role in our partner organizations through leadership.

β€œI will do my best to be the commander that this group, the air force and our nation deserves,” James said. β€œTo the men and women of the 691st, I am extremely grateful and humbled to serve as your commander. I expect you to carry out your mission with dedication, loyalty and energy and I pledge to you that I will do the same.”

Because the 707th ISRG is moderately larger than most Air Force wings, the 691st ISRG will absorb Airmen from three separate intelligence squadrons here, including 13 geographically separated units to increase mission effectiveness at a more manageable size.