109th Military Intelligence Battalion

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109th Military Intelligence Battalion
109th Military Intelligence Battalion Coat of Arms.png
109th MI Battalion Coat of Arms
Active 1 October 1981 - 15 September 1991
17 October 2008 - Present
Country  United States
Allegiance Regular Army
Branch Military Intelligence
Role Intelligence Collection and Targeting
Size Battalion
Part of 201st E-MIB
Garrison/HQ Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington
Nickname(s) Disrupters
Motto(s) "Seek and Disrupt"
Colors Oriental Blue and Silver Grey
Anniversaries 1 October (Activation 1 October 1981)
Engagements Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn
Operation Enduring Freedom

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.

Organization and Mission[edit]

History[edit]

Reactivation[edit]

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,[1] 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[edit]

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.[2] The battalion later deployed to Afghanistan from 25 May 2012 to 16 February 2013, and deployed to Afghanistan again in 2014.[3][4]

Recent Items of Note[edit]

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."[5] The trophy was awarded for providing critical signals intelligence support during the battalion's deployment to Regional Command East, Afghanistan.

Unit Heraldry[6][edit]

109th Military Intelligence Battalion Coat of Arms[edit]

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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[edit]

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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)[7][edit]

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 Battalion 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

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IRAQI SOVEREIGNTY 2009-2010

NEW DAWN 2010-2011

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TRANSITION I (2011-2014)

TRANSITION II (ongoing)

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IRAQ 2009-2010[2]

AFGHANISTAN 2012-2013[3]

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

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NORTHERN SOLOMONS 1943-1944

LUZON 1944-1945 (with arrowhead device)

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VIETNAM COUNTEROFFENSIVE, PHASE II 1966-1967

VIETNAM COUNTEROFFENSIVE, PHASE III 1967-1968
TET COUNTEROFFENSIVE 1968
VIETNAM COUNTEROFFENSIVE, PHASE IV 1968
VIETNAM COUNTEROFFENSIVE, PHASE V 1968
VIETNAM COUNTEROFFENSIVE, PHASE VI, 1968-1969
TET 69/COUNTEROFFENSIVE, 1969
VIETNAM SUMMER-FALL 1969
VIETNAM WINTER-SPRING 1970
SANCTUARY COUNTEROFFENSIVE 1970
Counteroffensive, Phase VII

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VIETNAM 1967

VIETNAM 1967-1968
VIETNAM 1968-1969
VIETNAM 1969-1970
VIETNAM 1971

Philippine Republic Presidential Unit Citation Presidential Unit Citation (Philippines) Streamer.png 17 OCTOBER 1944 TO 4 JULY 1945
Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm
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VIETNAM 1967-1968

VIETNAM 1969
VIETNAM 1970-1971

Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Honor Medal, First Class Streamer RVMUCCA.PNG VIETNAM 1967-1969

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

Conflict/Decoration Streamer/Device Inscription
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TUNISIA 1942-1943

SICILY 1943
NORMANDY 1944
NORTHERN FRANCE 1944
RHINELAND 1944-1945
ARDENNES-ALSACE 1944-1945
CENTRAL EUROPE 1945

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VIETNAM COUNTEROFFENSIVE, PHASE II 1966-1967

VIETNAM COUNTEROFFENSIVE, PHASE III 1967-1968
TET COUNTEROFFENSIVE 1968
VIETNAM COUNTEROFFENSIVE, PHASE IV 1968
VIETNAM COUNTEROFFENSIVE, PHASE V 1968
VIETNAM COUNTEROFFENSIVE, PHASE VI, 1968-1969
TET 69/COUNTEROFFENSIVE, 1969
VIETNAM SUMMER-FALL 1969

Meritorious Unit Commendation Streamer MUC Army.PNG
VIETNAM 1968
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Cited in the Order of the Day of the Belgian Army Action at the Meuese River

Action in the Ardennes

Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm
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VIETNAM 1966-1968

VIETNAM 1969

Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Honor Medal, First Class Streamer RVMUCCA.PNG VIETNAM 1966-1969

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ [1], Intelligence unit joints fold again.
  2. ^ a b [2], DA Permanent Orders 229-02, dated 26 October 2010.
  3. ^ a b [3], DA Permanent Orders 114-09, dated 24 April 2013.
  4. ^ [4], Military intelligence units case colors for deployment.
  5. ^ [5], 109th Military Intelligence Battalion wins top MI award.
  6. ^ [6], 109th Military Intelligence Battalion Heraldry.
  7. ^ [7], 109th Military Intelligence Battalion Lineage and Honors.

References[edit]

  • McGrath, John J. (2004). The Brigade: A History: Its Organization and Employment in the US Army. Combat Studies Institute Press. ISBN 978-1-4404-4915-4. 

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