New Reserve unit activated

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. -- The 820th Intelligence Squadron, a new Reserve unit, will officially stand-up during a ceremony November 4.

The new Reserve squadron is a Classic Associate Unit and subordinate to the 655th Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

"We are very excited to get started," said Lt. Col. Thomas Stauffer, who is currently the commander for the 820th IS. "Reservists are a key component to the total force and we look forward to being an integral part of Team Offutt."

As a Reserve unit, the 820 IS' main mission is to support and supplement their associated active duty unit, the 20th Intelligence Squadron. They will do this by providing targeting and geospatial intelligence to conduct precision engagement across the globe.

“Due to the high demand of the different target intelligence products, our unit will be able to assist the larger targeting enterprise to meet the requirements set by the air components and combatant commands as well as deploy around the globe,” Stauffer said. “In addition, we will be able to backfill positions here at Offutt while their active duty counterparts are downrange.”

The 820th will have 82 Reservist slots. This includes seven officers and 56 enlisted members in Traditional Reserve positions as well as nine officer and 10 enlisted members who will be full-time Active Guard Reserve.

“Currently we have filled 54 of our billets,” Stauffer said. “Over the next year we will work to fill the rest of our slots.”

The official ceremony will take place at the Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum in Ashland, Nebraska, with a reception to follow.