by Airman 1st Class Ramon A. Adelan
9th Reconnaissance Wing Public Affairs
4/29/2015 - BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The
Chief Scientist of the Air Force, Dr. Mica Endsley visited Beale Air
Force Base, Calif., April 22 to 25, 2015, to learn about the 9th
Reconnaissance Wing's intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance
The Gold Canyon, Ariz. native was selected as the Chief Scientist June
2013. Her mission is to serve as the scientific adviser to the Chief of
Staff and Secretary of the Air Force and provide assessments on a wide
range of scientific and technical issues affecting the Air Force
mission. She also interacts with other services, the Office of the
Secretary of Defense, and our allied partners on various topics
concerning the Air Force science and technology enterprise.
"My visit here was fantastic, it was just wonderful," Endsley said. "I
came here to experience Beale's ISR operations and was blown away by the
amount of teamwork which occurs to accomplish the high-altitude ISR
The AF chief scientist's visit included tours of the 548th ISR Group's
Distributed Common Ground System and RQ-4 mission control elements at 12
RS, flight preparation at the 9th Physiological Support Squadron, and
ended with a flight aboard a U-2 Dragon Lady.
Dr. Endsley served as a member on studies such as human-system
integration, system of systems engineering, and mission management for
remotely piloted aircraft. Endsley's research focuses on the design,
development and evaluation of systems to support human situation
awareness and decision-making.
"My specialty is in human system integration, which is how we design
technologies to work effectively for those who have to operate those
systems," Endsley said. "I support higher levels of situation awareness
in complex systems and how we design those systems for rapid decision
making in very dynamic and complex environments, such as those in the
Endsley recalled her time as a young adult, taking advanced courses in
science and math and visiting NASA. Her visit to Johnson Space Center in
Houston influenced her dreams of going to space.
"I saw a shuttle capsule and I thought it would be great to go into space," Endsley said.
The final day of Endsley's visit, she experienced the U-2s capabilities and ascended 70,000 ft. above Earth.
"I came very close to space today," Endsley said. "Experiencing the
challenges that our pilots face and the precautions that are taken to
operate at those altitudes is impressive. The U-2 and the mission it
supports every day is amazing."