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10th Intelligence Squadron
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McDonnell Douglas RF-4C Phantom II as flown by the 10th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron
Active 1943-1946; 1947-1950; 1952-1958; 1965-1971; 1993-Present
Country  United States
Branch United States Army Air Forces
Role Intelligence
Part of AF ISR Agency/497th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group
Garrison/HQ Langley AFB, Virginia
Decorations Distinguished Unit Citation
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
10th Intelligence Squadron emblem 10th Intelligence Squadron.PNG

The United States Air Force's 10th Intelligence Squadron (10 IS) is an intelligence unit located at Langley AFB, Virginia.

The squadron was first activated during World War II as the 678th Bombardment Squadron, a United States Army Air Forces combat organization. It was part of the first Boeing B-29 Superfortress group formed for the 58th Bombardment Wing, and served in the China Burma India Theater and Pacific Ocean Theater as part of Twentieth Air Force. The squadron's aircraft engaged in very heavy bombardment operations against Japan. The squadron received the Distinguished Unit Citation for its combat operations on three occasions. When the unit was returned to the United States in 1945 it was redesignated as the 10th Reconnaissance Squadron, but it was inactivated in March 1946.


The 10th Intelligence Squadron (10 IS), teaming with the 30th Intelligence Squadron of Air Combat Command (ACC), operates the multisource intelligence collection and dissemination Contingency Airborne Reconnaissance System (CARS), Deployable Ground Station-One (DGS-1). Deployed or in-garrison, DGS-1 is used to conduct information operations and integrates into the theater command, control, communications, computer and intelligence (C4I) architecture. It provides multisensor, correlated, near real-time information warfare products to warfighting command elements in peace, crisis and war.[1]

The 10 IS is operationally subordinate to the 9th Air Force through Central Air Force/A2, Shaw AFB, South Carolina, and administratively subordinate to the 67th Intelligence Group, Kelly AFB, Texas. The squadron has two administratively subordinate operating locations (OL).

  • OL-CP in Chesapeake, Virginia, provides support to the multiservice project CROSSHAIR.
  • OL-FK in Norfolk, Virginia, provides cryptologic support group (CSG) support to the United States Atlantic Command.

The 10 IS also provides administrative support to ACC's CSG. Lastly, the 10 IS operates the Senior Year Ground Maintenance Training Center providing sole source training for SENIOR YEAR units worldwide. The 10 IS Commander operates to provide intelligence to the Air Operations Center and other national agencies. The Squadron integrates into the theater C4I architecture, collects, analyzes and correlates raw intelligence products, and provides indications and warning, target and order of battle analysis, battle damage assessment, mission planning support, targeting support, sensitive reconnaissance support and exercise support for warfighting command elements. It also provides overall logistical and communications support to the CARS DGS-1 operations, which is ready for deployment within 72 hours of notification to disseminates near real-time correlated intelligence products to tactical warfighters, theater battle managers and national command authorities.


World War II 678th Bombardment Squadron emblem[2]

World War II

The squadron was first activated as the 678th Bombardment Squadron on 1 March 1943 at Davis-Monthan Field, Arizona as one of the original squadrons of the 444th Bombardment Group.[3] The 444th was assigned to the first B-29 Superfortress wing, the 58th Bombardment Wing. After a period of organization at Davis-Monthan the squadron moved to Great Bend AAF, Kansas. for training, initially flying Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses, Consolidated B-24 Liberators and Martin B-26 Marauders.[4] The group engaged in training on the new aircraft and its mission of long range precision bombing. At Great Bend, the squadron received early model B-29s and prototype YB-29s, however aircraft were still undergoing development and were frequently modified by Boeing technicians in the field while the squadron was undergoing training in Kansas. In November 1943 The 444th reorganized as a "Very Heavy" group and added the 7th Bombardment Maintenance Squadrons, which was paired with the 678th to maintain its B-29s.[5]

Operations from India

678th Bombardment Squadron Boeing B-29 with diamond tail markings used in the CBI

In early April 1944, the squadron left the United States and deployed to a former B-24 Liberator airfield at Charra Airfield, India. The first airplane of the 444th group landed at Charra on 11 April 1944. Due to the lack of revetments at Charra the squadron's airplanes were parked wingtip to wingtip on the field's shorter runway. Charra served only as a maintenance and staging base. Its runways were too short for a B-29 to take off fully loaded. While the squadron was stationed there, all missions were flown from the bases of the other bombardment groups of the 58th Bombardment Wing.[6]

From India, the 678th planned to fly missions against Japan from advanced airfields in China. However, all the supplies of fuel, bombs and spare parts needed to support operations from the forward bases in China had to be flown from India over The Hump. For this role, one aircraft from the squadron was stripped of combat equipment and used as a flying tanker. Each aircraft carried seven tons of fuel, but the amount that was delivered to China depended on weather, including headwinds and aircraft icing which increased the fuel consumption of the "tankers."[7]

The squadron flew its first combat mission on 5 June 1944 against the Makasan railroad yards at Bangkok, Thailand. Ten days later the 678th participated in the first American air attack on the Japanese home islands since the 1942 Doolittle raid, staging through Chinese bases on a nighttime raid against the iron and steel works at Yawata, Japan.[8] It returned to Yawata on 20 August on a daytime raid for which the unit was awarded the Distinguished Unit Citation.[3] Operating from bases in India and at times staging through fields in China, the group struck transportation centers, naval installations, aircraft plants and other targets in Burma, China, Thailand, Japan and Formosa.[4]

On 12 October 1944 the group reorganized. The 679th Bombardment Squadron and the four bombardment maintenance squadrons were disbanded and their personnel and equipment were transferred to 677th and the other squadrons of the group.[3][5] As the new year started, Japanese advances forced withdrawal from the Chinese forward operating bases. Unable to continue attacks on Japan, the unit continued attacking targets in Southeast Asia.[4]

Operations from the Marianas

In the spring of 1945 the 444th and the other groups of the 58th wing moved to Tinian in the Marianas in order to continue operations against Japan. The group and squadron participated in the bombing of strategic objectives, strategic mining of the Inland Sea and in incendiary attacks on urban areas for the duration of the war. The 678th received a second Distinguished Unit Citation for attacking oil storage facilities at Oshima, bombing an aircraft plant near Kobe, and dropping incendiaries on Nagoya in May 1945. The squadron struck light metal industries at Osaka in July 1945, receiving a third Distinguished Unit Citation for this action.[4] The squadrons's final mission was flown against Hikari, Japan on 14 August 1945, the day before the Japanese surrender.[9]

10th Reconnaissance Squadron

10th Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron emblem (approved 19 April 1957)[3]

The 678th returned to the United States and Merced Army Air Field, California in November 1945 where it became part of Fourth Air Force of Continental Air Forces (CAF). Shortly after arriving at Merced, the squadron converted to the reconnaissance mission and became the 10th Reconnaissance Squadron, Very Long Range (Photographic).[3] March 1946 saw more changes as the 10th squadron was reassigned to the 311th Reconnaissance Wing, which inactivated it at the end of the month.[3]

The squadron was activated again in the Air Force Reserve as the 10th Reconnaissance Squadron (Photographic) in 1947 at Rochester Airport, New York as a reconnaissance squadron. The squadron moved to Langley AFB, Virginia in June 1949 when Continental Air Command reorganized its reserve units according to the wing base organization system. At Langley it was colocated with the active duty 363d Tactical Reconnaissance Group.[10] It was assigned advanced trainers and trained for supporting Army ground units providing aerial photography with these second-line aircraft for battlefield intelligence. It received a few jet RF-86A Sabres in late 1949, however inactivated due to budget constraints in January 1950.[citation needed]

Boeing RB-4E Stratojet

The squadron was reactivated as the 10th Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron', part of active duty 26th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing in 1952.[3] Due to Korean War the squadron had minimum personnel strength until mid-1953. The squadron gathered intelligence on a global scale using RB-47E Stratojets, participating in a variety of SAC directed exercises and operations between 1953 and 1958. These included numerous simulated combat missions and deployments, ranging from a few days to a few months. The squadron became non-operational in January 1958 as phased down for inactivation due to budget constraints, inactivating in July.

The squadron reactivated as Tactical Air Command RF-4C Phantom II reconnaissance squadron in 1966, conducted replacement training for combat crew members being deployed to Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. Inactivated in 1971 as part of the drawdown of forces assigned to Indochina.

Modern Era

The 600th Electronic Security Squadron was activated as an intelligence squadron to provide support to Air Combat Command at Langley AFB, Virginia in 1992. In 1993 the United States Air Force consolidated the 600th with the 10th and designated the consolidated unit the 10th Intelligence Squadron.


10th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron

  • Constituted as the 678th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 15 February 1943
Activated on 1 March 1943
Redesignated 67 th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) (B-29) on 26 April 1943[11]
Redesignated 678th Bombardment Squadron, (Very Heavy) on 20 November 1943
Redesignated 10th Reconnaissance Squadron, Very Long Range (Photographic) on 17 December 1945.
Inactivated on 31 March 1946
  • Redesignated 10th Reconnaissance Squadron (Photographic) on 8 October 1947
Activated in the reserve on 6 November 1947
Redesignated 10th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron (Photographic) on 27 June 1949
Inactivated on 28 January 1950
  • Redesignated 10th Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron, Medium on 9 May 1952
Activated on 28 May 1952
Inactivated on 1 July 1958[12]
  • Redesignated 10th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Photo-Jet and activated on 3 November 1965 (not organized)
Organized on 1 January 1966
Redesignated 10th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron on 1 October 1966
Inactivated on 30 June 1971
  • Consolidated with the 600th Electronic Security Squadron, on 1 October 1993

600th Electronic Security Squadron

  • Constituted as the 600th Electronic Security Squadron1 August 1992.
Activated on 27 August 1992.
Redesignated: 10th Intelligence Squadron on 1 October 1993
  • Consolidated with the 10th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, on 1 October 1993 which was constituted on 1 August 1992.

Consolidated Squadrons

  • Consolidated unit designated 10th Intelligence Squadron on 1 October 1993


[13] [14]


  • Davis-Monthan Field, Arizona, 1 March 1943
  • Great Bend Army Air Field, Kansas, 3 August 1943 - 12 March 1944
  • Charra Airfield, India, c. 13 April 1944
  • Dudhkundi Airfield, India, 1 July 1945 – April 1945
  • West Field, Tinian, Northern Mariana Islands, April–27 October 1945
  • Merced Army Airfield (later Castle Field), California, 15 November 1945 – 31 March 1946

  • Rochester Airport, New York, 6 November 1947
  • Langley AFB, Virginia, 27 June 1949 – 28 January 1950
  • Lockbourne AFB, Ohio, 28 May 1952 – 1 July 1958[12]
  • Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, 1 January 1966 – 30 June 1971
  • Langley AFB, Virginia, 27 August 1992 – present


Award streamer Award Dates Notes
Streamer PUC Army.PNG Distinguished Unit Citation 20 August 1944 Yawata, Japan 678th Bombardment Squadron[3]
Streamer PUC Army.PNG Distinguished Unit Citation 10 to 14 May 1945 Japan 678th Bombardment Squadron[3]
Streamer PUC Army.PNG Distinguished Unit Citation 24 July 1945 Osaka, Japan 678th Bombardment Squadron[3]
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Streamer.jpg Air Force Outstanding Unit Award 21 March 1956-9 May 1956 10th Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron[3]
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Streamer.jpg Air Force Outstanding Unit Award 1 August 1966-31 May 1968 10th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Streamer.jpg Air Force Outstanding Unit Award 1 October 1993-30 September 1994 10th Intelligence Squadron
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Streamer.jpg Air Force Outstanding Unit Award 1 October 1994-30 September 1995 10th Intelligence Squadron
Campaign Streamer Campaign Dates Notes
World War II - American Campaign Streamer (Plain).png American Theater of World War II [3]
Streamer APC.PNG India-Burma [3]
Streamer APC.PNG Central Burma [3]
Streamer APC.PNG Air Offensive, Japan [3]
Streamer APC.PNG China Defensive [3]
Streamer APC.PNG Western Pacific [3]


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website

  1. Lessig, Hugh, "War Over, But Secretive Langley Unit Still Busy", Newport News Daily Press, 20 December 2011, p. 1.
  2. Unknown (1945). The Pictorial History of the 444th Bombardment Group, Very Heavy, Special. Bangor Public Library World War Regimental Histories No. 128. San Angelo, TX: Newsfoto Publishing Co.. p. 85. Retrieved August 27, 2013.  No page numbers in book. Page numbers are from online .pdf
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 Maurer, Maurer, ed (1982) [1969]. Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II (reprint ed.). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. p. 705. ISBN 0-405-12194-6. LCCN 70605402. OCLC 72556. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Maurer, Maurer, ed (1983) [1961]. Air Force Combat Units of World War II (reprint ed.). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. pp. 318–319. ISBN 0-912799-02-1. LCCN 61060979. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Abstract, History 7th Bombardment Maintenance Squadron (retrieved August 28, 2013)
  6. Unknown (1945). The Pictorial History of the 444th Bombardment Group, Very Heavy, Special. Bangor Public Library World War Regimental Histories No. 128. San Angelo, TX: Newsfoto Publishing Co.. pp. 32–33. Retrieved August 27, 2013.  No page numbers in book. Page numbers are from online .pdf
  7. Pictorial History, p. 85
  8. Pictorial History, p. 86
  9. Pictorial History, p. 128
  10. Maurer, Combat Units, p. 247
  11. See Robertson, Patsy AFHRA Factsheet 444 Air Expeditionary Wing 4/6/2010 (retrieved August 28, 2013)
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 Lineage, assignments, stations, and aircraft through 1963 in Maurer, Combat Squadrons, pp. 704-705
  13. "Air Force Historical Research Agency Fact Sheet: Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency". Archived from the original on 2009-09-24. Retrieved 2009-09-22. 
  14. Air Force Historical Research Agency: 8th Intelligence Squadron


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