Hurlburt Field awaits the activation of the 28th Intelligence Squadron
By , 28th Intelligence Squadron
/ Published September 12, 2014
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. --
U.S. Air Force Reserve Lt. Col. Joe Marcinek will assume command of the 28th Intelligence Squadron during an activation and assumption of command ceremony at the Hurlburt Field Soundside Club on Sep 24, 2014.
The 28th Intelligence Squadron mission is to organize, train and deliver specialized intelligence directly to United States Special Operations Forces. The specialized mission set includes Tactical Systems Operator (TSO) crew members, analysts for National Tactical Integration (NTI) support and maintenance support operations.
The 28th Intelligence Squadron is part of the 655th Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Group at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio and is the only squadron within the Group that provides direct ISR support to Special Operations Forces. The squadron traces its origin to the 28th Photographic Laboratory Squadron, activated on 1 August 1944 at Dalhart Army Air Field, Texas as part of the 501st Bombardment Group, and the 28th Reconnaissance Technical Squadron, activated on 1 May 1950 at Rapid City (later, Ellsworth) AFB, South Dakota, as part of the 28th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing. The 28th Photographic Laboratory Squadron remained active through the remainder of WWII, participating in the Japan Air Offensive and was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation before being inactivated on 22 February 1946 and later disbanded on 8 October 1948. The 28th Reconnaissance Technical Squadron participated in the Atmospheric Nuclear testing programs of the Defense Nuclear Agency at the height of the Cold War before being inactivated on 15 April 1955. The 28th Intelligence Squadron, under the command of Lt Colonel Joseph Marcinek, will carry on the legacy and rich history of its predecessors.