The 25th Air Force, the newest and one of the largest of the numbered Air Forces with three wings, will be based at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, the Air Force is announcing.
The 25th will upgrade the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Agency into a numbered Air Force which will be headed by Maj. Gen.. John Shanahan.
"We're gaining two wings, the 55th and the 9th wing, and building a third ISR wing, which will combine to bring platforms and sensors, targeting and analysis capabilities together," Shanahan said.
U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego (D-Alpine) says the organization of the new numbered Air Force is recognition of how important ISR functions are to forces on the battlefield.
"Despite how bad sequestration has been for the entire military, we've been working hard to make sure that the Department of Defense keeps, and even grows, its presence in San Antonio," Gallego said. "In recent weeks, we have had big successes in getting over 1,000 new personnel for the cyber security missions. And I think the new 25th Air Force sets us up for more growth."
A spokesman says the new wings will remain at their current locations.
The 25th Air Force will fall under Combat Command at Langley Virginia.
The 25th will consist of 28,000 civilian and military personnel. Many of the units which will constitute the 25th Air Force are already based in San Antonio. NO major moves of personnel are expected to San Antonio in connection with this move.
The command will be formally stood up in September.