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AFSOUTH leadership recognizes critical support from Beale Intelligence Airmen

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  • 9th Reconnaissance Wing Public Affairs

The 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Commander and Command Chief recently visited Recce Town to engage with intelligence Airmen and discuss the critical support provided to the Southern Hemisphere from the Distributed Ground Station-2 (DGS-2) located here.

Maj. Gen. Barry Cornish, Commander, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern), and his Command Chief, Chief Master Sgt. James Clark, visited the base last week to speak with Intelligence Airmen and the important role their efforts in the 548th Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Group have played in his area of responsibility.

“The transformation of the DGS from a platform-centric approach to a problem-centric approach has been a game-changer,” Cornish said. “It’s allowed analysts to focus precious resources on our major lines of effort and develop all source products that not only support our campaign plan but are also being published to the broader intelligence community.”

According to Col. Andrew Souza, Commander, 548th ISRG, his Intelligence Airmen provide analytical products in support of 12th Air Force’s efforts to tackle National Defense Strategy threats in the Southern Hemisphere. 

DGS-2 Airmen at Beale, alongside the 548th ISRG’s detachment at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, have been providing expanded DGS support to Air Forces Southern, 12th Air Force, and the 612th Air Operations Center for over a year.

“Our dedicated Airmen are fully imbedded in direct support the command’s priority intelligence requirements,” Souza stated. “Airmen from multiple intelligence [Air Force Specialty Codes] scour all available sources of information and coordinate with the wider Intelligence Community to provide timely reporting—enabling senior leader decisions.”

While at Beale, the 12th Air Force leadership also engaged with members of the 9th Reconnaissance Wing within both the Common Mission Control Center (CMCC) and the U-2 mission sets. Both the CMCC and U-2 community offer capability to strengthen and enable the decision-making processes combatant commanders and leaders worldwide.

“The efforts of these Airmen at Beale, both in the intelligence and reconnaissance communities, helps us continue to get after Southern Command’s larger lines of effort,” Cornish said. “It’s the skills of these teammates who help the U.S. deepen interoperability, enhance capability, and increase intelligence and information sharing alongside our allies and partners—ultimately aiding us in a better understanding of the threats that exist across all domains.”