Det. 2, 544th IG is integrated with Naval Security Group Activity Sabana Seca, Puerto Rico. Its mission is to satisfy national and tactical customer requirements by performing satellite communications processing and for-warding, identifying emerging technologies, maintaining clear communications with Air Force chain of command and key administrative support elements, and supporting the host organization's goals and objectives.
To integrate with NSGA Sebana Seca to become the premier satellite communications processing and analysis field station in the Department of Defense.
Through a focused effort on the exploitation of emerging technologies, develop an unmatched capability of emerging technologies, develop an unmatched capability to identify variations in a rapidly changing communications environment and apply this resource as an integrated part of Department of Defense information operations into the 21st century.
Detachment 2 was officially activated on Dec. 8, 1995.
Detachment 3, 544th Intelligence Group is a tenant unit and reports operationally to Naval Security Group Activity, located at Sugar Grove, W. Va.
The detachment is administra-tively controlled by the 544th IG at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. The 694th IG Mission Support Squadron at Fort Meade, Md., also provides administrative support to the detachment.
Det. 3's mission is to direct satellite communications equipment supporting research and development for multi- service national missions.
Det. 3 provides enhanced intelligence support to Air Force operational commanders and other consumers of COMSAT information collected by Navy- commanded field stations.
This is achieved by embedding personnel into field station operations and by providing a trained cadre of collection system operators, analysts and managers for the Air Intelligence Agency.
Det. 3's vision is to provide AIA a highly trained cadre of personnel to capitalize on emerging technologies to meet consumer requirements and to establish itself as a leader in the COMSAT environment by remaining on the cutting edge well into the 21st century.
The detachment was established in January 1995, under the command of 1st Lt John Wynn, in concert with Det 2, 544th IG, Yakima Research Station, W. Va. and Det. 4, 544th IG, Sabana Seca, Puerto Rico. Officially activated in November 1995, the detachment consists of six personnel: one officer and five en-listed.
Detachment personnel are integrated throughout the Operations De-partment to ensure greater mission exposure and training opportunities.
Detachment personnel live and work side- by- side with U. S. Naval personnel at NSGA Sugar Grove.
The base itself is located about three miles north of Sugar Grove, W. Va. Situated in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia, the base is a forested refuge from the din of civilization. Sugar Grove is nestled between two large national forests, and hunting and fishing opportuni-ties abound. The Potomac Highlands of Pendelton County contain some of the most scenic valleys in the U. S. A day's drive from the biggest cities on the East Coast, the area has much to offer those assigned. The nearby town of Franklin boasts a small assortment of country stores where one can obtain all the necessities of life. What one may find lacking in convenience and variety is more than made up for by the friendly attitudes of the local citizens. Activities abound which bring the base and the community together.
Det 5, 18th IS operates a low-altitude space surveillance system. Approximately 54 personnel are assigned from the US Air Force Space Command and Air Force Intelligence Agency.