285th Special Operations Intelligence Squadron tests new mission

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  • By Senior Airman Brigette Waltermire
  • 137th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs

Members of the 285th Special Operations Intelligence Squadron tested mobile Process, Exploitation and Dissemination equipment during exercise Emerald Warrior at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Feb. 24 – March 11, 2017.

They are the first unit in the Air Force that has this mobile PED equipment capability, allowing them to bring the same services they already offer at their home station to any operational location for the MC-12Ws.

“Emerald Warrior has provided us with the opportunity to work the bugs out in preparation of going downrange in the real-world,” said Master Sgt. Casey Ray, 285 SOIS imagery analyst.

The 285 SOIS specifically monitors the feed from the MC-12 and compiles information based on that feed into a product.

This surveillance capability provides over-watch for infiltration forces and pinpoints enemy whereabouts, ambush points, and much more. They can also use the essential elements of information over time to create a pattern of life for the area.

“Operating in different locations provides valuable experience that improves our overall mission effectiveness,” said Ray. “It also helps us build stronger relationships with the people we will be working with downrange.”