548th and 67th Reconnaissance Association
We have a new look for the Recce Rag, a big thanks to Ben Oakes for his graphics help with this and the website. Updates on our reunion in July and other news can be found in the monthly update on the website. When we get new information on the reunion, it will be immediately posted on the reunion page and I will send it out by email to our members. Thanks to all of you who are spreading the word about the association, I am getting a lot of comments that people are hearing about it from others.
By Ben Oakes
My start to the Adventures of the 548th RTG in
Graduation of Leadership School 1988 Dinner.
Reporting at the 548th RTG, I began my first job in the Photo Lab, on Special Projects, working 12 hour shifts, 3 days ON, 3 days OFF, 1800hrs to 0600hrs. I lived in the dorms 1815 for 6 months, WOW! Those hours lead to some crazy times, dorm was hopping, eating 4 times a day at the chow hall, going to the beaches, going downtown to bars, and playing on the football, basketball, and softball teams.
When my wife finally arrived at Hickam, to work at Base Photo Lab, we moved off base, to
My wife fit right in, with everyone at the squadron, and became a regular with all the activities, parties, and the Great! THURSDAY NIGHT! Golf at the par-3 course, then finishing at the 10th Puka for drinks, I as awarded the GOONIE Ball!! (I think that was what it was called), for my outstanding (BAD) golf skills. At the end of the 15 week season, a 3-CLUB TOURNAMENT, with Golf, Steak, and BEER! was the finale. I also was awarded a trophy for my stellar (BAD) play. See picture (Below) of the Men’s High Net Trophy, also 1 free 2 hour golf lesson from the course pro.
In Jan 1988, one of my greatest days happened, my daughter Nicole was born, at the
In Sep 1992, after the Desert Storm War, My career field and rank (SSgt) were being downsized and eliminated. I decided to take some money and get out, after just shy of 9 years. I was hired and began my new career at C&GS KODAK, in
I met and began friendships that still are going strong today, and can’t wait to reconnect with some that I had in the past; the 548th RTG was a big part of my life!
Thanks! The Oakes’
This Issue’s Significant Event in the History of the 548th, Desert Storm:
Desert Storm was the last war for the 548th RTG. It was also the last war for most of the
On August 2nd, 1990,
The United Nations passed Resolution 678 on November 29th 1990, which gave
At the 548th, a Bomb Damage Assessment (BDA) Cell had been formed to provide BDA reports on specific target sets, the Exploitation Division readout high priority targets, while the lab processed the ever increasing imagery.
One Bomb, One Kill
Five hours after the Air Campaign started,
On February 23rd, 1991, the Coalition launched the ground battle, with
The final Air Force Outstanding Unit Award presented to the 548th included the period of Operation Desert Storm. Five months later the unit was deactivated, with most of the personnel transferring over the Joint Intelligence Center Pacific.
This Issue’s 548th Success Story, Mr. Nate Copeland:
Before joining Booz Allen in May 1992, Nate served as an Air Force Intelligence Officer in assignments to include serving as an Air Force Departmental Requirements Officer (DRO) at the multi-agency requirements tasking center for national-level imagery collection systems, as Chief, Imagery Division at Headquarters, United States Central Command (USCENTCOM) during Operation Desert Storm, as a special analyst to Headquarters Air Force, and as an imagery analyst and exploitation manager at the 548th Reconnaissance Technical Group on Hickam Air Force Base Hawaii, where he was recognized as “Officer of the Year”.
LtCol Boasso presenting 1Lt Nate Copeland, Company Grade Officer of the Year
Nate leads the firm’s Geospatial Intelligence Analytic Services within the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). He developed a partnership with NGA in providing world-class support across 16 client locations. His 120+ person staff supports NGA on multiple contracts and provided support in 5 major lines of business; Multi and Advanced Geospatial Intelligence, Imagery Analysis, Commercial Remote Sensing, Analytic Tradecraft Support, and Strategic Services. Nate was quoted in Money Magazine’s Nov 09 Issue which featured the “Top 50 Best Jobs in
Nate maintains a passion for the geospatial intelligence business as well as the care and development of all those under his employ. In addition to business leadership, Nate serves as a mentor to staff across the firm and in NGA and is a champion of all aspects of diversity. He was nominated for two Booz Allen Diversity Awards in 2003 (Individual Contributor and Manager), and was Booz Allen’s 2004 Individual Contributor Diversity Award winner. His passion around Diversity has been recognized in the New York Times Magazine and in varying media across the firm.
Nate’s people passion and drive for increasing a leadership connection with both the business and those who execute it was integral in his appointment as a Director in Booz Allen’s People Services Team. In March 2007- Sep 2008, took a temporary “tour of duty” in a corporate assignment where he led a firm-wide campaign on Frontline Leadership to rejuvenate the leadership culture of the firm. His efforts are now melded into the fabric of Booz Allen.
Now back in the intelligence business, Nate leads the firm’s efforts in the ever growing motion imagery/full motion video (FMV) market space, supporting clients across defense and the intelligence community.
Nate, his wife Sherri, and two daughters reside in
The 548th coin is now on sale at the 548th RTG Association online store, the cost of the coin is $5.00, with the shipping and handling, it comes out to $6.86, stop by the store and order yours today.
548th RTG on Facebook:
If you have not already done so, check out the link to 548th Facebook page and see how much everyone has changed with the years.
548th RTG E-Group:
Also join the 548th RTG Yahoo Group and chat with other 548th members outside of Facebook; after seeing the recent chat on the 497th E-Group, decided it was a good idea to create one of our own.
Please send your stories of 'Life At and After The 548th' (For this issue Ben was the second “volunteered” for his story, you may be next), articles, photos, or other ideas for publication in future Recce Rags.