91 Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron
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A New Era: The 91st Intel Squadron

On 1 October 1993, Detachment 5 of the 694th Intelligence Wing was redesignated the 91st Intelligence Squadron (IS) of the 694th Intelligence Group (IG) at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. For the first time since its initial birth in 1917, the 91st does not have assigned aircraft. The 450 member squadron is still intimately tied to strategic intelligence through its daily involvement in the daily operations of the nation’s intelligence gathering agency--the National Security Agency (NSA).

The 91st IS is composed of linguists, analysts, engineers, scientists, technicians, and computer personnel who work in thirteen different operational groups within the NSA. The 91st, one of six squadrons subordinate to the 694 IG, is the most diverse squadron at Fort Meade. The squadron is made up of almost equal numbers of officers and enlisted personnel. In fact, most of the officers in the Group fall under the 91st. Its members has most of the Air Force officers at the NSA with over 200 commissioned officers assigned to the unit.

Since its reactiviation, the 91st has pursued an aggressive program to honor its past and reshape it’s future. Guided by the 91 IS Commander, Major Dorothy J. Whitlock, the 91st has established itself as one of the 694th IG’s most active squadrons. Its personnel continually receive NSA and Air Force recognition as the best within the 694 IG, 67 Intelligence Wing (IW) and Air Intelligence Agency. The 91st has won the Senior NCO of the Year award at the Group level for the three years of its existence.

The unit was proud to sponsor the Posthumous Award Ceremony to Bestow the Distinguished Flying Cross and Purple Heart medals to the surviving family members of the crew of RB-29 aircraft #61810. This reconnaissance aircraft was shot down by Soviet fighters on 13 June 1952. When the Secretary of the Air Force approved the award of posthumous honors after conclusive proof was given by the Russian government, the 91st stepped forward to conduct a ceremony befitting of the family’s sacrifices over the years. At this ceremony, eight of the crews’ families traveled to Fort Meade, Maryland to attend the ceremony.

In addition to receiving their posthumous awards, the families were presented with U.S. flags on behalf of the men and women of the 694th IG and were honored with the playing of taps and a 21 gun salute by the USAF Honor Guard.

The 91st has also stepped forward to honor our past by sponsoring the Cold Warriors display at the NSA. Three of the ten unresolved Cold War reconnaissance aircraft displayed in this exhibit belonged to the 91st Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron during the Korean War. The Unit Historian, SMSgt Frederick J. Ferrer, continues his efforts to keep our history alive. Some of these include the development of a Historical Outreach Program by which he provides briefings and displays to symposia and gatherings of all sizes.

Various 91st Squadron displays set up at functions over the last several years (clockwise from top left hand side): At the National Security Agency-1995; At the National Cryptologic School for the Group Change-Of-Command - 1994; At the SAC Symposium in Omaha Nebraska - 1994; and at the Air Force 50th Anniversary Ball- 1997

In addition to the various displays, lectures and briefings noted above, the 91st Intelligence Squadron celebrated it’s 80th anniversary by undertaking the most ambitious unit event to be held at Fort Meade during the Air Force’s 50th anniversary year. Squadron personnel invited distinguished guests, veterans, active-duty members and family members to a three-day extravaganza.

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