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214th Reconnaissance Group

214th Reconnaissance Group
214th Reconnaissance Squadron - General Atomics MQ-1B Predator 06-3168
Active 2007-Present
Country  United States
Allegiance  Arizona
Branch   Air National Guard
Type Group
Role UAV Reconnaissance
Part of Arizona Air National Guard
Garrison/HQ Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, Arizona.
Insignia
214th Reconnaissance Group emblem
Aircraft flown
Reconnaissance MQ-1 Predator

The 214th Reconnaissance Group (214 RG) is a unit of the Arizona Air National Guard 162d Fighter Wing, stationed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, Arizona. If activated to federal service, the Group is gained by the United States Air Force Air Combat Command.

Contents

  • Overview 1
  • Operations 2
  • Fraud scandal 3
  • Specifics 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Overview

The 214th Reconnaissance Group flies the MQ-1B Predator over Afghanistan via satellite from ground control stations in Tucson. Arizona Air Guardsmen fly 24/7 operations saving American lives through the vital information they provide to troops on the ground.[1]

Operations

Currently, the unit flies over Afghanistan on a continual basis flying 20 hours per day, seven days per week. Predator operations provide troops on the ground with both daylight and infrared video of selected targets. In addition, the aircraft is equipped with two laser-guided AGM-114 Hellfire missiles.[2]

Arizona Air National Guard Predator operations will first fill worldwide theater requirements, but will also likely evolve into providing direct defense for the homeland in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Northern Command.

A permanent facility located at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base was completed in 2009.

Fraud scandal

A 2009 investigation found that some group members may have fraudulently collected reimbursement for living expenses from the government over several years. In response, Colonel Gregg Davies was removed from command of the group on 23 November 2009 by Arizona Air National Guard commander Brigadier General Michael Colangelo. A state inspector general investigation later concluded that Davies' relief constituted "retaliation", but declined to reinstate him into the Guard. Brigadier General Michael Colangelo was subsequently fired.[3]

Specifics

  • Lineage: Designated 214th Reconnaissance Group, and allotted to Arizona ANG, 2007
Extended federal recognition and activated, 29 August 2007

References

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  1. ^ http://www.214rg.ang.af.mil/main/welcome.asp
  2. ^ Arizona activates ANG Predator unit at D-M
  3. ^ Wagner, Dennis, Arizona Republic, "Scandals led to Arizona Air Guard firings", Military Times, 17 September 2012

External links

  • 214th Reconnaissance Group (official website)
  • http://www.dm.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123069605
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