188th Wing Activates UPAD For Florence

Master Sgt. Twila Costiloe, 188th Wing intelligence analyst, creates graphical information products in the 188th Unclassified Processing, Assessment, and Dissemination element at Ebbing Air National Guard Base, Ark., to support Hurricane Florence responders Sept. 13, 2013. The UPAD rapidly provides graphical information products requested by incident commanders located across the storm’s path. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John E. Hillier)

The Arkansas Air National Guard’s 188th Wing activated its Unclassified Processing, Assessment and Dissemination (UPAD) capability in response to Hurricane Florence September 13, 2018, providing imagery, geospatial, and assessment support to incident commanders in affected areas.

The 188th Wing’s UPAD allows Airmen to rapidly analyze imagery from a variety of platforms, including satellites as well as manned or unmanned aircraft, and distribute tailored reports to meet mission requirements. It can also produce pre-incident imagery products, graphical overlays, and post-incident damage assessment products.

“Disaster response is what we train for,” said 188th Wing Commander Col. Robert Kinney. “This is why America has a National Guard: To save lives at home, to fight our nation’s wars, and to build partnerships at home and abroad.”   MORE

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