Aerospace Reconnaissance Tech Wing.
544th Intelligence Group
|Based at: Offutt AFB, NE -
Underground command post
Status: Now the AF
Intelligence Agency's 544th Intell Group
|NOTE: This unit is not listed in
Ravenstein's U.S. Air Force Combat Wings nor any of the other books I've
encountered on SAC.
TSgt Ronald E. Mixer, USAF, (Retired) provided the following information:
544th Aerospace Reconnaissance Technical Wing was activated on 1 Jan 1963,
at Offutt AFB, NE. It was assigned to the Strategic Air Command.
It was redesigned 15 Oct as 1979 as 544th Strategic
Intelligence Wing, and on 1 Sep 1991 as 544th Intelligence
Wing. It was inactivated on 1 Jun 1992..
email@example.com served in the unit and furnished the followings:
| The 544th
didn't have any aircraft. Our primary mission was analysis of
satellite reconnaissance of the USSR and PRC. We also had a small
section called Contingency where they parked us until our Top Secret SSIR
clearances came through, and that section looked at SR-71, U-2 and drone
photos of North Korea, Cuba and North Vietnam. We were in one of the
basement vaults in SAC Headquarters. The 544th crest on the mug I
have is shaped like the SAC crest and shows a winged eyeball looking down
on a checkerboard pattern with a red crenellated edge. The motto
below it says "Hic Et Ubique". The unit received the AF Outstanding
Unit Award at least four times.
firstname.lastname@example.org, provided the following:
| I spent years
supporting the AF Elint Recon Operation, both Overseas and at Offutt. The
544th and it's three Squadrons handled our TAKE as we called the
information gathered. Let me give you the official word on this unit from
the " Strategic Air Command Unit Missions & Histories 1988
from the Office of the historian at Strategic Air Command Headquarters.
| The 544th
Aerospace Reconnaissance Technical Squadron was formed at Bolling
AFB, DC on the 16 Nov 1950, from the personnel assets of the 4203rd
Photographic Technical Squadron (Discontinued). The 544th relocated
to Offutt AFB, Nebraska on April 1952, however maintained Detachment
1 at Bolling AFB. During the 1950's & 60's the mission was
continually expanding and was upgraded to a Group on July 11, 1958,
and to a Wing in Jan 1963.
The unit was most visible to the outside (Outside
the Intell Community) during the Cuban Missile Crises, when the 544
discovered the Missiles in Cuba, and also supported the combat
effort in South East Asia. There were/are 3 three Squadrons Assigned
to the 544th, the 544th Intelligence Analysis Squadron, The 544th
Intelligence Exploration Squadron, & the 544th Target Materials
The Wing was redesignated to 544th
Strategic Intelligence Wing on 15 Oct 1979. On 5 Feb 1987 the 544th
was awarded the AF Outstanding Unit Award. The Wing is a
current unit today as the AF Intelligence Agency's 544th Intell
Group. I will try to send the scans of the Squadrons Emblems.
The 544th Intelligence is headquartered at Peterson Air Force Base,
Colo., provides intelligence and information to Air Force Space
Command (AFSPC). The group was established to provide a single focal
point for continental U.S. based operational space issues and to
posture AIA to better support AFSPC and national agencies. The group
was activated on Sept. 7, 1993.