Country: Germany Region: HS
Latitude: 49° 51' 20" N Longitude: 8° 35' 12" E
Area use / Military Branches: Closed
Current (2018) situation: closed. Equipment & personnel have been transferred to Wiesbaden (Clay Bcks).
49° 51' 20"N 8° 35' 12" E Echelon Field Station. Google Earth had been wiped the facility from the map BUT photos below showed otherwise.
On the N side of the airfield were 5 radomes connected to a small ops and satellite control building. The antennas were built in 2003-2004 by Naval Security Group Command as part of program ICEBOX to replace comparable antenna systems used to control US Navy’s constellation of ocean surveillance satellites in orbit over the earth. NSGC detachment at Griesheim deactivated 2006 as the ICEBOX facility was taken over by NSA to service the requirements of the newly created European Cryptologic Center (ECC) operating for NSA by USAr Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM).
Then there was the small thing at the SE side of former Finthen airfields runway at grid 49°51'18"N 8°35'43"E Also wiped from Google Earth. After closure of Finthen AAF a small part was taken over by USAr 1st Military Intelligence Battallion http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/9b/1st_Military_Intelligence_Battalion_DUI.png This TENCAP unit http://commondatastorage.googleapis.com/static.panoramio.com/photos/original/9700969.jpg relocated in 2005 from Bad Aibling and was a SIGINT/IMINT gathering detachment assigned to 66th Military Intelligence Bde at Lucius D.Clay Kaserne, Wiesbaden. The battalion ten comprised:
HQ and Service Coy – Runs battalion command/control and log support
A Coy – Provides aerial images with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
B Coy – Produces SIGINT collection and Aerial Electronic Warfare
C Coy – Conducts analysis and dissemination of SIGINT and IMINT
TENCAP = Tactical Exploitation of National CAPabilities. A program to exploit current and future tactical potential of national space systems and integrating these capabilities into the Army's tactical decision-making process. TENCAP provides commanders immediate access to national assets and all info they provide. Bottom line of the program is to make information from national assets readily available to Army commanders.
- Without TENCAP assets, commanders have to be force-fed national-level intelligence top-down.
- With TENCAP assets, commanders are able to pull the data they require when they need it!
The unit used the Modernized Imagery Exploitation System (MIES), the Enhanced Tactical Radar Correlator (ETRAC) and the Advanced Electronic Processing & Dissemination System (AEPDS). These programs have been operated from several mobile vans interconnected by cables. In the vans optical imagery from operational UAV's could be interpreted and handled to accommodate Army commanders.
The unit was directly connected to the infamous Dagger Complex which now has been converted into a military datacenter (See: United States overseas Wiesbaden garrison - Darmstadt)
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