Shaw Air Force Base's newest addition, the MQ-9 Reaper group, is activating its 50th Attack Squadron this morning and holding an assumption of command ceremony.
Col. Joseph Campo, commander of the 432nd Operations Group at Creech Air Force Base …
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Col. Joseph Campo, commander of the 432nd Operations Group at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada, is presiding over the ceremony in which Col. David John is assuming command of the squadron, according to Shaw. Shaw's 50th ATKS is a subordinate of the 432nd OG.
"The squadron, which operates MQ-9 Reaper aircraft, will bring operators to Shaw, but no additional aircraft will relocate as a result of the activation," states a news release.
The Reaper is an armed, multi-mission, medium-altitude, long-endurance remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) that is employed "primarily against dynamic execution targets and secondarily as an intelligence collection asset."
It was announced last year that Shaw was the preferred base to get a new Reaper group after an Air Combat Command program identified ways to improve on concerns identified by airmen and their families in the RPA career fields.
Having the additional base and group will allow for better work cycles for airmen who can work from a more ideal location closer to more peoples' families.
The group will expand in three phases, with an eventual almost 500-person unit of airmen, contractors, security personnel and support personnel.
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