USAF Patch Intel PACAF 6990 ESS Electronic Security Squadron
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USAF Patch Intel PACAF 6990 ESS Electronic Security Squadron

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USAF Patch Intel PACAF 6990 ESS Electronic Security Squadron 1990 Embroidered on twill cut edge 89mm by 88mm three and one half inches by three and seven sixteenth inches.

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6990 Security Squadron was activated at Kadena AB Japan on 15 July 1967 assigned to 6922 Security Wing to provide specialist cryptologic technical intelligence personnel to man stations as flight crew on board RC 135M Burning Candle and Combat Apple Signals Intelligence SIGINT and Communications Intelligence COMINT operations gathering signals intelligence over the Gulf of Tonkin and Laos Southeast Asia. The Squadron deployed a detachment as OL 2 to Cam Ranh Bay South Vietnam in 1969 to provide to provide specialist cryptologic technical intelligence personnel to man stations as flight crew on board specially modified electronic reconnaissance C 130 Hercules aircraft. OL 2 at Cam Ranh Bay was renamed Detachment 1 in 1970.

To cope with its expanding cryptologic role in Vietnam and the Pacific theatre as well as the addition of communications security responsibilities the Squadron was expanded and redesignated 6990 Security Group In September 1971 with Headquarters at Kadena AB. The Group continued its support in Vietnam until April 1975 supporting the withdrawal of US and allied forces participating in Operation Frequent Wind.

With the end of combat support missions over Vietnam and subsequent reduction in tasking 6990 Security Group was reduced and redesignated as 6990 Security Squadron in July 1975. The Squadron was redesignated 6990 Electronic Security Squadron in August 1979 when USAF Security Service became USAF Electronic Security Command. The reorganization expanded the Command and Squadrons operational mission to include the use of electronic warfare capabilities for both offensive and defensive combat operations. The Squadron expanded its role in electronic warfare capabilities participating in theatre exercises such as Team Spirit in South Korea. With the increased responsibility and workload the Squadron was reorganised and redesignated 6990 Electronic Security Group on 1 May 1980.

The Group was restructured and redesignated 6990 Electronic Security Squadron on 1 April 1990 and was redesignated 390 Intelligence Squadron on 1 October 1993.

 

This patch dates from 1990.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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