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The 319th Reconnaissance Wing provides a decisional advantage to our warfighters and national leaders through support of our Nation's Global Hawk High Altitude ISR mission. Ensures strategic command and control through the operation of the Nation's High Frequency Global Communication System. Affords Combatant Commanders mission-ready Airmen anytime, anywhere. Provides airmen and families of the Grand Forks AFB team, to include geographically separated units, with responsive, tailored, and mission-focused support.
The 319th RW, headquartered at Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota, is responsible for the infrastructure and operational support to the 319th Operations Group’s RQ-4 Global Hawk mission. The 2,000 Total Force Airmen assigned to the 319th RW provide rapid combat support through mission support functions, mobility preparedness, and continuous security to Grand Forks, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and Cavalier Air Force Station located in Cavalier, North Dakota.
Communication professionals with the 319th Communication Squadron maintain one of two high-frequency global communications systems in the Air Force, offering 24/7 global continuity for command and control in support of the Department of Defense, Executive Branch of the U.S. Government and Department of Homeland Security. Additionally, the wing’s innovative enhanced-use leasing initiatives provide access to unmanned aerial partnerships with community and industry professionals.
The 319th RW is organized into three distinct groups: the Operations Group, Mission Support Group and Medical Group. In addition, the chief of staff exercises day-to-day authority over several staff agencies that provide direct support to the wing commander.
Our priorities are Air Combat Command’s priorities: 'Revitalize Squadron Readiness', 'Develop Leaders', and 'Bring the Future Faster'.
The 319th Operations Group operates, maintains and supports the RQ-4B Global Hawk Block 40 aircraft, a high-altitude, long-endurance Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance asset that provides wide area search capabilities using Moving Target Indicator and Synthetic Aperture Radar. The 319th Operation Group's worldwide operations deliver national leaders, combatant commanders, and joint partners greater situational awareness across vast operating areas during peacetime intelligence gathering, contingency operations and conventional warfare. The 319th Operations Group oversees two geographically separated units: the 4th Reconnaissance Squadron based at Andersen Air Base Guam, and the 7th Reconnaissance Squadron at Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy. Due to extreme weather conditions common during the Indo-Pacific region's typhoon season, the 4th RS temporarily relocates to Japan annually.
The 319th Mission Support Group provides a diverse set of support functions to the military, civilian populations and mission partners assigned to the 319th Reconnaissance Wing and deploys combat ready warfighters to support contingency and humanitarian operations globally. The 319th Mission Support Group's capabilities include communications, civil engineering, contracting, force support, logistics, security forces and morale, welfare and recreation.