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13th Reconnaissance Squadron
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Service history
Active 20 June 1942 – 1 December 1945
6 July 1947 – 27 June 1949
14 June 1952 – 1 April 1953
1 October 1987 – 31 March 2000
12 March 2005 – present
Part of Air Force Reserve Command
10th Air Force
610th Regional Support Group
Battles World War II
Decorations Presidential Unit Citation ribbon DUC
Outstanding Unit ribbon AFOUA
Ruban de la croix de guerre 1939-1945 FCdG w/ Palm

The 13th Reconnaissance Squadron (13 RS) is part of the 940th Wing at Beale Air Force Base, California. It operates RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft conducting reconnaissance and surveillance missions.


The 13 RS provides theater commanders with near-real-time intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and target acquisition data.[1]


The 13th flew combat in the European Theater of Operations from, 28 March 1943 – 26 April 1945. It provided Intra-theater airlift for high-ranking Pacific Air Forces military and civilian officials and small mission-essential equipment from, 1987–1993. The squadron moved without personnel and equipment to McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey, on 1 October 1993 and absorbed personnel and equipment of the 30th Airlift Squadron. Equipped with C-141, the squadron took on a new worldwide airlift mission until its inactivation in 2000.[2]

Since 2005 the 13th has operated and maintained deployable, long-endurance RQ-4 Global Hawk aircraft and ground control elements to fulfill training and operational requirements generated by the Joint Chiefs of Staff in support of unified commanders and the Secretary of Defense. It currently trains all RQ-4B pilots and sensor operators.[1]



  • 13th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron (1942–1943)
  • 13th Photographic Squadron (Light) (1943)
  • 13th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron (1943–1947)
  • 13th Reconnaissance Squadron, Photographic (1947–1952)
  • 13th Troop Carrier Squadron, Medium (1952–1987)
  • 13th Military Airlift Squadron (1987–1992)
  • 13th Airlift Squadron (1992–2005)
  • 13th Reconnaissance Squadron (2005 – 2014)


  • 3d Photographic Reconnaissance and Mapping Group (1942–1943)
    • Attached: 1st Bombardment Wing (2 December 1942 – 16 February 1943)
    • Attached: 8th Air Force (16 February – 7 July 1943)
  • 7th Photographic Reconnaissance and Mapping Group (1943–1945)
  • 65th Reconnaissance Group (1947–1949)
  • 65th Troop Carrier Group (1952–1953)

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