Motivating airmen: Presidio of Monterey airmen get first look at Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance operations
PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - Ninety-five airmen from the 517th Training Group here traveled to Travis Air Force Base to get their first glimpse into Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance operations.

PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - Ninety-five airmen from the 517th Training Group here traveled to Travis Air Force Base to get their first glimpse into Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance operations in April.

This first look into ISR operations provided the airmen a snapshot into their futures once they complete the Air Force's longest technical training pipeline.

The airmen were given a unique opportunity to receive up-to-date intelligence briefings for several areas of responsibility relating to their language studies.

Additionally, the trip was the first chance for the students to use their security clearances and experience a taste of what their careers have in store for them.

In addition to the intelligence brief, the airmen received a classified-level capabilities briefing for the EC-130 Compass Call airborne tactical weapon system airframe.

The Compass Call's system disrupts enemy command and control communications and limits adversary coordination essential to enemy-force management. The system also employs the offensive counter-information and electronic attack capabilities in support of U.S. and coalition tactical air, surface and special operations forces. Many airmen in attendance will receive assignments to either fly on-board these aircraft or support them from a ground site.

Being that Travis Air Force Base falls under Air Mobility Command, a close-up look at a C-5 Galaxy was also arranged. The airmen received presentations on the capabilities of the aircraft from both pilots and loadmasters. It was a rare opportunity for the airmen to have unlimited access to one of the Air Force's greatest and largest assets.

Another important result of this trip is the airmen got to spend time on an air force base. They visited the Travis Air Museum, base exchange and uniform clothing sales.

This was the third such trip to Travis for Air Force language students from the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, and was lauded by those who attended as a welcomed experience, because, while many experienced airmen might take these places for granted, most of the 517th TRG airmen have not visited these types of locations as service members.

According to one airman, the trip was "a real eye-opener." The airmen said that they realized while their training is intense and sometimes overwhelming, they now understand how it prepares them to serve with those who are currently operational and deployed to austere locations. They said they were excited to complete their challenging language training and motivated to join the operational world.

Once they complete their six- to 18-month long training at DLIFLC, all students will travel to Goodfellow Air Force Base for four months of training to hone their intelligence and language-analysis skills. Airborne cryptologic linguist students will also receive Survive, Evade, Resist, Extract training at Fairchild Air Force Base in Washington before moving on to operational assignments as cryptologic linguists.

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