|AIA Aligns with Air Combat Command |
AIA Aligns with Air Combat Command
Kelly Air Force Base, Texas -- February 2, 2001 (AFPN) -- The Air Intelligence Agency here realigned as a subordinate unit under Air Combat Command during a ceremony Feb. 1.
"This is a natural evolution," said Gen. John P. Jumper, ACC commander. "It's an idea whose time has come. This integrates our information warfare skills and talents into the normal tactical and operational level of war just as we do fighters, bombers and others."
Under the realignment, the 67th Information Operations Wing and 690th Information Operations Group here, and the 70th Intelligence Wing at Fort Meade, Md., fall directly under ACC's 8th Air Force, headquarters at Barksdale Air Force Base, La. AIA's three centers, the National Air Intelligence Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio; the Air Force Information Warfare Center here; and the Air Force Technical Applications Center, an administratively supported unit at Patrick AFB, Fla., will continue to be aligned under AIA headquarters.
"We're excited about integrating information operations as a force-enhancer and a force-multiplier to compliment our traditional role of providing global air power for America," said Lt. Gen. Thomas J. Keck, 8th Air Force commander. "AIA's historic motto is freedom through vigilance. (Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance) contributes to the vigilance. Together with global aerospace and information warfare capabilities, we encompass the vision of global vigilance, reach and power for America."
The change "is the result of the Air Force's recognition of the critical importance of AIA's information operations mission," said Maj. Gen. Bruce A. Wright, AIA commander. "I think its probably the most historic day in the history of the capabilities that we've always brought to the fight."
Wright remains at Kelly as commander of both AIA and the Joint Information Operations Center, but with the integration he assumes the added responsibility as the 8th Air Force deputy commander for information operations.
- Gen. John P. Jumper
- Lt. Gen. Thomas J. Keck
- Maj. Gen. Bruce A. Wright