When carried by the men and women of the Air Force ISR Agency, this coin serves as recognition of an essential task performed in crucial support of the US Air Force’s defense of our nation and its freedoms.
Charged with organizing, training, equipping, and presenting the personnel and capabilities necessary for carrying out intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance for commanders in combat conditions, the professionals of the Air Force ISR Agency ensure that relevant data are deciphered and analyzed properly and in timely manner for maximum value in mission planning, mission execution, and in support of national strategic objectives.
With approximately 17,000 qualified specialists serving at 65 locations worldwide, key components include the 480th ISR Wing, 70th ISR Wing, 361st ISR Group, National Air and Space Intelligence Center, and the Air Force Technical Applications Center.
The obverse of this challenge coin features the Air Force ISR Agency’s emblem with authentic enameled colors. The focus of the emblem is the chess knight, which represents the ability to strike from an unexpected place. A key and a double-edged sword cross behind the knight; the sword representing the ability to wage both offensive and defensive operations; the key represents the agency’s ability to unlock all secrets of any adversary. The reverse features the Air Force emblem.
This coin is dedicated to all of the men and women whose work makes it possible for the US Air Force to perform with all possible information for strategic advantage in any circumstance.