July 12, 2010
Air Guard intelligence squadron reaches full operational capability
By Staff Sgt Meaghan E. M. Selki
192d Fighter Wing Public Affairs
LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. -- The 192d Intelligence Squadron, 192d Fighter Wing declared full operational capability June 30, 2010, and celebrated the milestone in a ceremony July 10, 2010.
The FOC declaration comes as no surprise to the Airmen performing the mission. "This unit has a strong future and a proud history," said Lt. Col. Michael J. Lovell, commander of the 192d Intelligence Squadron. "That proud heritage is what makes us capable today." While the location may have recently changed to a new facility with $38 million in upgrades to the weapon system on-line, the squadron operations tempo continues to be steady-state.
Since January 2007, the squadron has worked more than 88,160 war-fighting mission hours. In six years, it has grown from the initial cadre of four personnel assigned to Detachment 2 at Distributed Ground System 1 to 114 personnel.
"It's amazing to think of where we've come from to where we are now," said Master Sgt. Amy Kellerman, a flight chief at the squadron. "We're supporting a war fighter from home." Kellerman was one of two imagery analysts in the Virginia guard in January, 2002. Both analysts were mobilized at DGS-1 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
"This FOC is the foundation for everything that will follow," said Maj. David R. Lands, director of operations. "We have the resources available, trained and ready to execute our missions."
The squadron contributes 16% to the total man power at DGS-1, and 112 of the 114 currently assigned personnel are UTC tasked.
"Does this FOC come with any change? Will you be doing your job any differently tomorrow?" asked Col. Bryan K. Turner, Operations Group commander. "No," he answered. "These are the expectations you have already been living under. You're already operational, already capable."
That understanding prevails throughout the squadron. Our Airmen have been doing this job 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with the knowledge that FOC is just a bench mark, albeit significant, Turner said.
"Nothing is changing operationally," said Tech. Sgt. Dennis Perreault, all source intelligence analyst. "We have reached a platform to grow from; it gives up credibility and foundations that will help us do even greater things than we've already done."
With the declaration of FOC and the continuing growth of the squadron, the 192d Intelligence Squadron will carry on fighting the fight from home 365 days a year.
Airmen of the 192d Intelligence Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Carlos Claudio)