Colonel Jonathan C. Rice, IV, Commander of the 363rd Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing joined our March Chapter Meeting as guest speaker. Col Rice is responsible for personnel conducting all-source intelligence analysis, targeting operations, and special operations ISR. The 363rd ISR Wing headquartered at JBLE.
"We solve problems. Therefore by nature, we are problem centric” stated Col Rice. This globally-focused wing has almost 1,500 active duty and 1,700 ARC Airmen stationed across 15 states, England, and Japan. The Wing includes the 361st ISR Group, the 363rd ISR Group, and the 365th ISR Group. Each group consists of highly professional airmen, working in very high operation tempo areas using leading edge technology and sensors. Col Rice introduced ISR Airmen representing each group as well as acknowledged the strong turnout of Airmen attending the luncheon. AFA members and guests noticed a very high level of mutual respect between Airmen and Commander. Col Rice’s leadership and commitment to his Airmen is an example for future leaders.
The 363rd ISRW is the U.S. Air Force’s premier precision targeting production, special operations ISR and full-spectrum analytical unit supporting the tactical warfighter and enabling combat power in air, space and cyberspace. The wing provides operations planning and execution support to MAJCOMs, C-NAFs and theater Air and Space Operations Centers. Additionally, it provides tailored geospatial and comprehensive threat analysis products to USAF units employing airpower worldwide. 363rd ISRW organizes, trains, equips and
deploys airborne/ground tactical ISR professionals to conduct sensitive operations in response to national tasking.
Col Rice highlighted the 363rd IRSW mission and capabilities by providing detail on the mission and capabilities of each of the groups assigned to the Wing. The 361st Intelligence, Surveillance, & Reconnaissance Group
deploys Airborne Linguist and Tactical System Operators for Special Operations; provides Precision Geolocation, Specialized Maintenance, Logistics, Communications and Cryptologic Expertise to HQ AFSOC; and provides Adversary Tactics and Analysis products. The 363d Intelligence, Surveillance, & Reconnaissance Group
is heavily involved in operations in Asia and the Middle East and flew more combat sorties than the entire rest of ACC in 2017. The Group provides Target Materials, Analysis and Geospatial Intelligence Products, Cyber Assurance, and Target System Analysis Studies to users across the DoD. Lastly, the 365th Intelligence, Surveillance, & Reconnaissance Group
provides ISR for Realistic Exercise, Training, & Tactics Development; performs Threat to Air Operations Analysis; does AFCENT Analysis & Targeting; and, provides Intelligence Mission Data for 5th Generation Weapons Systems.