Lineage Information

  • Constituted 24 January 1945 in the Army of the United States as the 205th Signal Repair Company; activated 1 February 1945 at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.
  • Constituted 16 June 1945 in the Army of the United States as the 196th Photo Interpreter Team; activated 10 July 1945 at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.
  • Allotted 16 May 1949 to the Regular Army.
  • Reorganized and redesignated 18 May 1950 as the 196th Aerial Photo Interpretation Detachment.
  • Inactivated 15 November 1953 at Governors Island, New York.
  • Reorganized and redesignated 15 April 1954 as the 205th Signal Company.
  • Inactivated 28 May 1955 in Korea.
  • Activated 1 February 1956 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
  • Constituted 14 December 1956 in the Regular Army as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 1st Air Reconnaissance Support Battalion; activated 1 February 1957 at Fort Polk, Louisiana.
  • Reorganized and redesignated 1 May 1959 as Company A, 196th Aerial Photo Interpretation Detachment.
  • Redesignated 15 April 1959 as Company B and allotted to the Regular Army; activated 1 May 1959 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
  • Converted and redesignated 20 March 1962 as the 1st Military Intelligence Battalion.
  • 1st Military Intelligence Battalion and component companies have seen service during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.
  • 1st Military Intelligence Battalion Detachment " D " was sent to the Dominican Republic in 1965.
  • 1st Military Intelligence Battalion deployed to the Republic of Vietnam on 1 December 1965 and was in continuous combat service in Vietnam until 30 April 1972.
  • Inactivated 15 July 1982 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
  • A phased reactivation began in 1983 and 1st Military Intelligence Battalion was officially reactivated on 14 January 1984. Upon reactivation the 1st Military Intelligence Battalion was attached it to VII Corps, its separate companies moved from VII Corps to V Corps.
  • On 16 June 1986, the 1st Military Intelligence Battalion became V Corps' Aerial Exploitation Battalion (AE) in Wiesbaden, Germany Army Airfield.
  • On 15 January 1991, elements of the 1st Military Intelligence Battalion deployed to Southwest Asia as part of the multinational force conducting Operation Desert Shield/Storm, returning on 10 April 1991.
  • The Battalion was one of the first units to deploy in support of Operation JOINT ENDEAVOR in December 1995. The unit received the Army Superior Unit Award for its support to Operation JOINT ENDEAVOR in December 1995 as part of Task Force Eagle to Taszar, Hungary, where it began flying missions over Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina only three days after arriving.
  • From December 1996 until March 1999, the 1st Military Intelligence Battalion employed a rotational one-third of the Battalion being forward-deployed in support of Operations JOINT ENDEAVOR, JOINT GUARD and JOINT FORGE.
  • In March 1999, the battalion redeployed its operational elements from Hungary to Italy in support of Operation ALLIED FORCE.
  • In December 1999, the battalion once again reconfigured itself by redeploying the Integrated Processing Facility (IPF) back to Mainz-Finthen, Germany.
  • 1st MI continued to support TF Falcon in Operation JOINT GUARDIAN until February 2003 where it received its second Army Superior Unit Award.
  • On 17 August 2003, elements of the 1st Military Intelligence Battalion deployed again to Southwest Asia in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, returning on 3 August 2004 to their home station at Wiesbaden Army Airfield in Germany.
  • On 4 June 2005, elements of the 1st Military Intelligence Battalion returned once more to Southwest Asia in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. They redeployed back to Wiesbaden on 29 May 2006. For combat service in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, the 1st Military Intelligence Battalion was awarded the Meritorious Unit Citation.
As of 2007, the 1st Military Intelligence Battalion is currently conducting Capabilities Based Rotations in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM

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