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234th Intelligence Squadron



Location:
The 234th Intelligence Squadron is located at Beale AFB, California.

The mission of the 234th Intelligence Squadron is to execute multi-intelligence mission sets at DGS-2 in support of COCOM requirements and Leverage Capabilities for Civil Support missions.  Provides surge  and steady state  operational Support to the 548th Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance Group, headquartered at Beale AFB.

Mission Statement:
FEDERAL:    Organize, train and equip combat ready Distributed Ground Station-2 ISR and Cyber weapon system operators and maintainers to provide capabilities to meet world-wide Combatant Commander's taskings.

STATE:  Protection of life and property, preservation of peace, order, public safety and relief in times of natural disaster; search and rescue; protection of vital public services; and support to civil defense by order of the Governor of California.

Commander:  Lieutenant Colonel Robert G. Childs
Squadron Superintendent:  Chief Master Sergeant John P. Ertel
First Sergeant:  Master Sergeant Patrick O'Hara

History:
The 234th Intelligence Squadron (234 IS) transitioned from 234th Combat Communications Squadron on 1 December 2004, under the 162d Combat Communications Group.  The squadron moved from Hayward Municipal Airport, California and relocated to Beale AFB, California to increase support to the AF intelligence collection and processing operations within the Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS).  Air Force DCGS is the tasking, processing, exploitation, and dissemination (TPED) system for the U-2, Global Hawk, and Predator intelligence systems.  Via Distributed Ground System Two (DGS-2), this system has been augmented with mobilized personnel from the 234 IS since the events of 11 September 2001 in order to support the continuing high operations tempo of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) platforms. 

DGS-2 was fully engaged with operations and therefore the 234 IS hit the ground running.  The first order of business was to bring the communications Airmen up to speed and cross-train and gain Airmen for Intelligence.  As the Airmen returned from Technical School, they were trained for Combat Mission Ready (CMR) capability with mission qualifications. 

In October 2007, the 234 IS executed their first involuntary partial mobilization of 42 personnel and have continued various numbers of Airmen on either involuntary partial mobilization or voluntary Military Personnel Appropriation (MPA) tours ever since.

Effective l December 2008, the gaining command for the 234 IS changed from Air Combat Command (ACC) to Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Agency (AFISRA).  The unit changed back to ACC on 31 January 2015.  Then, on 1 September 2015, the 162d Combat Communications Group transitioned to the 195th Wing.

From 2004 to 2016, the 234 IS served its country and its state with unfailing patriotism.  Adhering to its mission, the unit participated in Operations ENDURING and IRAQI FREEDOM, and was heavily involved with Domestic Operations (DOMOPS), such as search and rescue and wild fire participation.  The 234 IS has also been counted on to participate in community events such as the California Capital Airshow.

Today, the airmen of the 234 IS are integrated within the active duty operations crews and hold various positions in leadership.  The success of the 234 IS is the result of hard work and an outstanding relationship with the Active Duty and Air Force Reserve at Beale Air Force Base.