The new operating facilities for the 497th Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Group at Langley AFB, Va., are now fully operational after seven years of planning and preparations, base officials announced April 26, 2010. The $75 million construction project consolidates more than 700 personnel into two new buildings in a centralized complex, shown here, at the north end of the base. There, they will operate DGS-1, one of the main hubs for the Distributed Common Ground System, the Air Force's global enterprise for processing overhead imagery and signals intelligence from airborne ISR assets. The new operations center is four times larger than the previous setup, with twice as many work stations.
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