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A look at remote warriors

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The Associated Press | March 11, 2013 03:50 AM EST | AP

The Air Force's 480th Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Wing is responsible for collecting and analyzing surveillance and intelligence data for U.S. military commanders all around the world.

- Made up of six ISR groups, including the 497th ISR Group at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia

- Others are in Fort Gordon, Ga.; Beale Air Force Base, Calif.; Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii; Ramstein Air Base, Germany; and Osan Air Base, South Korea

- Analysts watch and analyze streaming data from drones, manned aircraft, sensors and intelligence feeds

- Track insurgents, assess battle damage, share information and analysis in real time with commanders and troops on the ground, advising them on when they can attack

- The 490th ISR Wing collects 1,600 hours of video a day

- The 497th ISR Group includes about 1,200 airmen, both men and women

- Analysts work 12-hour shifts; largely 1st and 2nd lieutenants, 19-21 years old