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109th Military Intelligence Battalion

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Country  United States
Branch  Military Intelligence
Allegiance  Regular Army
Size  Battalion
109th Military Intelligence Battalion
Active  1 October 1981 - 15 September 1991 17 October 2008 - Present
Role  Intelligence Collection and Targeting

The 109th Military Intelligence Battalion is a multidiscipline Military Intelligence battalion of the United States Army headquartered at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. A Regular Army Military Intelligence Battalion, it is one of the subordinate battalions of the 201st Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade, which is part of the US Army's 7th Infantry Division and I Corps.

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Reactivation

On 9 October 2008, the 109th MI Bn was reactivated and assigned to the 201st BfSB to conduct intelligence analysis and counterintelligence, human intelligence, and signals intelligence collection. The 109th MI Bn, like its sister BfSB MI battalions, was designed to be decentralized across the battle space, covering different missions for different maneuver commanders in a theater of operations.

Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom

The 109th MI Bn deployed with the 201st BfSB as a battalion task force in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn, from 27 September 2009 to 20 September 2010. The battalion later deployed to Afghanistan from 25 May 2012 to 16 February 2013, and deployed to Afghanistan again in 2014.

Recent Items of Note

On 15 April 2013, the 109th MI Bn was notified that it had been awarded the National Security Agency Director's Trophy, "awarded annually by the Director of the National Security Agency to the Army intelligence unit or element judged to have made the most outstanding contributions to the mission during the previous calendar year. It is the most prominent award given by the National Security Agency to a unit or element." The trophy was awarded for providing critical signals intelligence support during the battalion's deployment to Regional Command East, Afghanistan.

109th Military Intelligence Battalion Coat of Arms

Blazon
Shield
Sable, between two flaunches checky Argent (Silver Gray) and Azure (Oriental Blue) a sun in splendor in chief and in base a decrescent Or, overall palewise a lightning flash Gules.
Crest
From a wreath of the colors Argent (Silver Gray) and Sable upon two scimitars per saltire Proper, a demi-gryphon Gold Brown, beak, feet and eye Or, armed and langued Celeste, langued detailed of the first, outlined and detailed of the second, clasping a writhing cobra Gris, with its underbelly, mouth and iris Gules, eye, fangs and cowl marking of the first, scaled, outlined and detailed of the second.
Motto
SEEK AND DISRUPT.

Symbolism
Shield
Silver gray and oriental blue are the colors of Military Intelligence. The checkered arrangement reflects the multifaceted intelligence and electronic warfare capabilities of the Battalion. The black center field suggests secrecy and symbolizes tactical operations security. The sun and moon symbols and the two hemispheres denote round-the-clock tactical and global deployment capabilities. The red flash is a symbol of both the offensive combat capability of electronic warfare as well as the long range electronic surveillance characteristics of the Battalion.
Crest
The gryphon represents American intervention in Iraq by symbolizing military courage and strength while serving as a reminder that the Army must combine intelligence and strength to prevail against evil. The cobra represents forces threatening the safety and security of the Iraqi people and symbolizes a threat that is not easily removed from harm’s way. The two crossed scimitars recall the swords erected by Saddam Hussein during his reign; the points down symbolize the goal of freedom and peace for the Iraqi people, after the fall of Saddam Hussein.

Background The coat of arms was approved on 2 September 1981. It was amended to add a crest on 19 July 2011.

109th Military Intelligence Battalion Distinctive Unit Insignia

Description A Silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Sable, between two flaunches checky Argent (Silver Gray) and Azure (Oriental Blue) a sun in splendor in chief and in base a decrescent Or, overall palewise a lightning flash Gules. Attached below the shield a Silver scroll inscribed “SEEK AND DISRUPT” in Black letters.

Symbolism Silver gray and oriental blue are the colors of Military Intelligence. The checkered arrangement reflects the multifaceted intelligence and electronic warfare capabilities of the Battalion. The black center field suggests secrecy and symbolizes tactical operations security. The sun and moon symbols and the two hemispheres denote round-the-clock tactical and global deployment capabilities. The red flash is a symbol of both the offensive combat capability of electronic warfare as well as the long range electronic surveillance characteristics of the Battalion.

Background The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 2 September 1981. It was amended to update the description on 19 July 2011.

Official Unit Lineage and Honors (as of 2009)

109th Expeditionary Military Intelligence Battalion Lineage

The 109th Military Intelligence Battalion was constituted in the Regular Army on 1 October 1981 and assigned to the 9th Infantry Division. The battalion was activated at Fort Lewis, Washington, with the 335th Army Security Agency Company and the 9th Military Intelligence Company being concurrently reorganized, redesignated, and placed under the command of the 109th as Companies A and B respectively. The battalion was subsequently relieved from assignment to the 9th Infantry Division and inactivated on 15 September 1991 at Fort Lewis. The 109th MI Battalion was activated on 17 October 2008, again at Fort Lewis, Washington, as one of the subordinate battalions within the 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade. Most recently, on 17 October 2015 the 109th MI Battalion was redesignated as an Expeditionary Military Intelligence within the 201st Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade.

Separate Lineage for Company A, 109th Military Intelligence Battalion

Company A of the 109th Military Intelligence Battalion was constituted on 27 March 1942 in the Army of the United States as the 112th Signal Radio Intelligence Company. The 112th was activated on 18 May 1942 at Camp Crowder, Missouri. Several months later, on 1 September 1945, the company was reorganized and redesignated as the 112th Signal Service Company. Following service during World War II, the 112th Signal Service Company was inactivated on 23 December 1945 while in the Philippines. On 20 December 1946, the company was allotted to the Regular Army and activated in the Philippines as the 112th Signal Service Company (Philippine Scouts). On 1 April 1947, the company was reorganized and redesignated as the 10th Signal Service Battalion (Philippine Scouts) before being reverted to the 112th Signal Service Company (Philippine Scouts) on 12 June 1948. The 112th Signal Service Company (Philippine Scouts) was again inactivated on 1 June 1949 in the Philippines.

On 17 July 1951, the company was converted and redesignated as the 335th Communication Reconnaissance Company, and on 6 April 1966 it was redesignated as the 335th Army Security Agency (ASA) Company. The 335th ASA Company was activated 15 June 1966 at Fort Riley, Kansas, before being inactivated on 5 April 1971 in Vietnam. The 335th ASA Company was later reactivated on 21 December 1977 at Fort Lewis, Washington. On 1 October 1981, upon the company's merger with the 109th Military Intelligence Battalion headquarters, the 335th Army Security Agency Company became Company A, 109th Military Intelligence Battalion.

Separate Lineage for Company B, 109th Military Intelligence Battalion

Company B was originally constituted on 12 July 1944 in the Army of the United States as the 9th Counter Intelligence Corps Detachment, being subsequently activated on 16 August 1944 in France from personnel of the provisional Counter Intelligence Corps detachment attached to the 9th Infantry Division. The detachment was then inactivated on 20 April 1947 in Germany, and allotted on 5 January 1949 to the Regular Army. The 9th Counter Intelligence Corps Detachment was reactivated on 28 January 1949 at Fort Dix, New Jersey, then inactivated on 12 March 1951, also at Fort Dix, New Jersey.

On 15 June 1954, the 9th Counter Intelligence Corps Detachment was reactivated in Germany, and on 25 January 1958, the detachment was reorganized and redesignated as the 9th Military Intelligence Detachment. The detachment was later inactivated on 31 January 1962 at Fort Carson Colorado. The 9th Military Intelligence Detachment was reactivated on 1 July 1966 at Fort Riley, Kansas, before being inactivated on 25 September 1969 at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. On 21 December 1972, the detachment was redesignated as the 9th Military Intelligence Company and activated at Fort Lewis, Washington. On 21 July 1978, the company was assigned to the 9th Infantry Division. Like Company A, on 1 October 1981, the company merged with the 109th Military Intelligence Battalion headquarters, and the 9th Military Intelligence Company became Company B, 109th Military Intelligence Battalion.

109th Military Intelligence Battalion Campaign Participation Credit and Decorations

Separate Campaign Credit and Decorations for Company A, 109th Military Intelligence Battalion

Separate Campaign Credit and Decorations for Company B, 109th Military Intelligence Battalion

References

109th Military Intelligence Battalion Wikipedia


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