17th Reconnaissance Squadron [17th RS]
The 17th Reconnaissance Squadron was activated March 8 at Indian Springs Auxiliary Airfield, Nevada.
The unit joined the 11th RS and the 15th RS as the Air Force's third RQ-1 Predator squadron. It was activated by order of Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. John P. Jumper because of increased mission requirements based on Predator system success in Operation Enduring Freedom.
As of early March 2002, the initial cadre of experienced people was to come from the 11th RS and 15th RS and from new crewmembers graduating from Predator training. The unit was scheduled to begin receiving new Predators in the upcoming future.
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