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43rd Intelligence Squadron

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43d Intelligence Squadron
Air Combat Command.png
Active1943-1951; 1951–1977; 2011–present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
TypeSquadron (air force)
Part ofAir Combat Command
Garrison/HQCannon Air Force Base, New Mexico
Motto(s)Venatores Et Vindices Taciti Latin Silent Hunters and Defenders
EngagementsMediterranean Theater of Operations
Korean War
DecorationsAir Force Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation
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The United States Air Force's 43d Intelligence Squadron is an intelligence unit located at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico. It provides intelligence support to Air Force Special Operations Command.


The squadron is a uniquely tasked unit, chartered to provide specialized intelligence across the spectrum of conflict. Squadron personnel are trained and qualified to operate as aircrew on board almost every combat aircraft within the Air Force Special Operations Command inventory. By integrating all-source intelligence and electronic combat capability for special operations forces, the 43d has made its unique intelligence resources integral to special operations mission planning, rehearsal, and execution.


World War II

The 43d was first activated in Tunisia during World War II as the 4th Photographic Technical Squadron and assigned to the North African Photographic Reconnaissance Wing (Provisional) on 2 November 1943. When the 90th Photographic Wing replaced the provisional wing, the 4th Squadron was assigned to it. When the 5th Photographic Group was assigned to Fifteenth Air Force, the squadron was assigned to it, and for the remainder of the war provided processing and interpretation of mapping, bomb damage assessment and targeting materials produced by the group.[1]

Korean War

In August 1949, the squadron was redesignated the 363d Reconnaissance Technical Squadron. When the Korean War broke out in June 1950, the squadron was rushed to Japan to support reconnaissance operations of Far East Air Forces (FEAF). In September, these operations were brought together under the 543d Tactical Support Group. The squadron was inactivated in March 1951, when the 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing took over FEAF's expanding aerial reconnaissance operations and its assets transferred to the 67th Reconnaissance Technical Squadron.

Cold War

The squadron was activated the same day at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina and assigned to the 363d Tactical Reconnaissance Wing. It was awarded an Air Force Outstanding Unit Award in 1962, for its support of reconnaissance operations during the Cuban Missile Crisis. It was inactivated on 1 September 1977. In 1984, the squadron was redesignated the 23d Reconnaissance Technical Squadron, but it was never active with this name.

Intelligence support for special operations forces

Shortly after the 1 October 2007 conversion of the 27th Fighter Wing to the 27th Special Operations Wing, Detachment 1, 25th Intelligence Squadron was organized to extend the 25th's intelligence support to the wing's new mission. In response to the wing's rapid growth and demand for increased support, on 1 November 2011, the 43d Intelligence Squadron was activated to replace Detachment 1.[2]


  • Constituted as the 4th Photographic Technical Squadron
Activated on 2 November 1943
Redesignated 363d Reconnaissance Technical Squadron[3] on 4 August 1949
Inactivated on 1 March 1951
  • Activated on 1 March 1951
Inactivated on 1 September 1977
  • Redesignated 23d Reconnaissance Technical Squadron on 16 October 1984
  • Redesignated 43d Intelligence Squadron on 7 October 2011[4]
Activated on 1 November 2011[4][2]




Award streamer Award Dates Notes
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Air Force Meritorious Unit Award 1 January 2013 - 31 December 2013 43d Intelligence Squadron[6]
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Air Force Outstanding Unit Award 23 October 1962 - 24 November 1962 363d Reconnaissance Technical Squadron[7]
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Air Force Outstanding Unit Award 1 January 2011 - 31 December 2011 43d Intelligence Squadron[6]
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Air Force Outstanding Unit Award 1 January 2012 - 31 December 2012 43d Intelligence Squadron[6]
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Korean Presidential Unit Citation July 1950 – 1 March 1951 363d Reconnaissance Technical Squadron[7]



  1. ^ See Maurer, p. 40 (5th Group missions)
  2. ^ a b Carr, Jette (4 November 2011). "From detachment to squadron, 43rd Intelligence Squadron activated". Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  3. ^ a b Mueller, p. 313
  4. ^ a b c d Research Division, Air Force Historical Research Agency, Air Force Organization Change Status Report, November 2011, Maxwell AFB, AL
  5. ^ Mueller, p. 350
  6. ^ a b c "Air Force Recognition Programs". Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  7. ^ a b AF Pamphlet 900-2, p. 344


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website

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