116th Military Intelligence Brigade (United States)

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116th Military Intelligence Brigade (Aerial Intelligence)[1]
US Army 116th Military Intelligence Brigade SSI.png
Active15 October 2015 -- present
CountryUnited States United States
Branch United States Army
TypeMilitary Intelligence Regimental Insignia.png Military Intelligence
RoleAerial-Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance
Part ofINSCOM.svg US Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM)
InstallationFort Gordon, Georgia
COL Ernesto A. Cortez

The 116th Military Intelligence Brigade (Aerial Intelligence) (116th MI Bde) is one of the U.S. Army's newest intelligence brigades charged with conducting 24/7 tasking, collection, processing, exploitation, dissemination and feedback operations of multiple organic and joint Aerial-Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (A-ISR) missions collected in overseas contingency areas of operation.[1][3]


The 116th MI Bde was constituted May 10, 1946, as the 116th Counterintelligence Corps Detachment. It was activated May 31, 1946, in Washington, DC. The unit was allotted to the regular army on March 5, 1951. In 1959, it was redesignated as the 116th Counterintelligence Corps Group, redesignated as the 116th Intelligence Corps Group in 1961, and then redesignated as the 116th Military Intelligence Group in October 1966. On January 9, 1973, the unit was deactivated in Washington, DC. It was later redesignated in February 1999, as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 116th Military Intelligence Group and activated June 16, 2000, at Fort Gordon, Georgia. The 116th was deactivated again Sept. 30, 2009.[3]

In August 2014, the designation Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 116th Military Intelligence Brigade was reserved for activation Oct. 15, 2015. The US Army approved the establishment of an aerial intelligence brigade and designated the 116th to fulfill the mission. According to the US Army, the 116th MI Bde will continue to grow in the coming years.[3]



  1. ^ a b First aerial intelligence brigade formally activates, fortgordonglobe.com, by Laura Levering (Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office), 23 October 2015, last accessed 25 March 2017
  2. ^ 116th Military Intelligence Brigade, Distinctive Unit Insignia, Shoulder Sleeve Insignia, Coat of Arms Archived 2017-04-09 at the Wayback Machine., US Army Institute of Heraldry, last accessed 25 March 2017
  3. ^ a b c 116th Military Intelligence Brigade, inscom.army.mil, last accessed 25 March 2017