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566th Intelligence Squadron

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566th Intelligence Squadron
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Active1944–58; 1993–present
CountryUnited States
Branch United States Air Force
RoleMilitary intelligence
Part ofAir Combat Command
Garrison/HQBuckley Air Force Base, Colorado
Motto(s)Always Vigilant, Never Weary
EngagementsEuropean Theater of Operations
DecorationsAir Force Outstanding Unit Award with Combat "V" Device
Army Meritorious Unit Commendation
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award[1]
566th Intelligence Squadron emblem (approved 6 July 1999)[1]
566th Information Operations Squadron.png

The 566th Intelligence Squadron is a support unit to the Aerospace Data Facility in conjunction with the 460th Space Wing, Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado. The 566th is part of the 544th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group, headquartered at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.[2]

The squadron's mission is to provide the Aerospace Data Facility-Colorado with information and technical support in the performance of joint national system missions.[3]


The 566th Information Operations Squadron (IOS) began during World War II, when the 16th Photographic Technical Unit was activated on 5 November 1944, at Charleroi, Belgium. The 16th was a squadron to the 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Group and the 16th was assigned to several bases in Europe: Vogelsang, Limburg, and Eschwege, Germany, and France. After World War II, the unit moved to MacDill Field, Florida, where it was decommissioned on 21 December 1945. The 66th Reconnaissance Technical Squadron was Constituted on 15 November 1952 and Activated on 1 January 1953 at Shaw AFB. SC relocated to Shaw AFB, SC: 1 Jan–25 June 1953; Sembach AB, West Germany on 7 July 1953 and moved to Kaiserslautern, West Germany on 13 August 1953 till the unit was Inactivated on 8 February 1958. While the unit was inactive the 66th Reconnaissance Technical Squadron was Consolidated on 16 October 1984 and the New Unit was designated as the 16th Reconnaissance Technical Squadron.

The unit remained inactive until 7 September 1993, when the 16th Intelligence Squadron was activated at Buckley Air National Guard Base, Colorado. The unit was re-designated the 566th Operations Support Squadron (OSS) on 1 October 1995. Renamed later as the 566th Information Operations Squadron (IOS) on 1 August 2000, this unit aided Buckley in its transition from an Air National Guard base to an active duty Air Force base.


16th Photographic Technical Unit
  • Constituted as the 16th Photographic Technical Unit and activated on 5 November 1944
Inactivated on 21 December 1945
  • Consolidated with the 66 Reconnaissance Technical Squadron on 16 October 1984 as the 16th Reconnaissance Technical Squadron[1]
66th Reconnaissance Technical Squadron
  • Constituted as the 66th Reconnaissance Technical Squadron on 15 November 1952
Activated on 1 January 1953
Inactivated on 8 February 1958
  • Consolidated with the 16 Photographic Technical Unit on 16 October 1984 as the 16th Reconnaissance Technical Squadron[1]
Consolidated unit
  • Redesignated 16 Intelligence Squadron on 3 September 1993
Activated on 7 September 1993
Redesignated 566th Operations Support Squadron on 1 October 1995
Redesignated 566th Information Operations Squadron on 1 August 2000
Redesignated 566th Intelligence Squadron on 1 April 2007[1]




  1. ^ a b c d e f g Bailey, Carl E. (25 January 2008) Lineage and Honors History of the 566 Intelligence Squadron ACC, Air Force Historical Research Agency
  2. ^ "Fact Sheet: 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing". 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing Public Affairs. 15 July 2015. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  3. ^ No byline (8 July 2013). "Bucley AFB Fact Sheet Major Tenant Organizations". 460th Space Wing Public Affairs. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 1 March 2018.


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

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