142nd Battlefield Surveillance Brigade

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142nd Battlefield Surveillance Brigade
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142nd Battlefield Surveillance Brigade (BfSB) shoulder sleeve insignia
Active December 2009 - September 2016
Country  United States
Branch  United States Army
Type Military Intelligence
Role Provide intelligence analysis and collection support
Part of Alabama National Guard
Garrison/HQ Decatur, Alabama
Motto(s) Truth Through Vigilance
Insignia
Distinctive unit insignia
142nd BfSB unit insignia.jpg

The 142nd Battlefield Surveillance Brigade (BfSB) was located at Decatur, Alabama. The 142nd BfSB was a Major Command (MACOM) of the Alabama Army National Guard.

The 142nd BfSB stood up as a brigade in the Alabama Army National Guard Surveillance Brigade of the United States Army in 2011.

The brigade was tasked to improve the situational awareness for commanders at division level or higher, so they can adapt their units combat power for the current operations, for this the Battlefield Surveillance Brigades can deploy unmanned aerial vehicles, signals gathering equipment, human intelligence collectors and long range surveillance patrols.[1]

The 142nd BfSB was composed of:

  • Headquarters & Headquarters Company, Decatur, Alabama, Alabama Army National Guard
  • 31st Brigade Support Company, Ozark, Alabama, Alabama Army National Guard
  • Company A, 136th Signal Battalion, Arab, Alabama, Alabama Army National Guard
  • 115 Sig Bn DUI.jpg115th Signal Battalion, Florence, Alabama, Alabama Army National Guard
  • 131CavRegt.JPG 1st Squadron, 131st Cavalry Regiment, Enterprise, Alabama, Alabama Army National Guard
  • 67th Network Support Company, Billings, Montana, Montana Army National Guard
  • 321st Military Intelligence Battalion, Austin, Texas, U.S. Army Reserve

The 142nd BfSB conducted intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance operations, it held an inactivation ceremony on September 18, 2016 at the Fort Quarles-Flowers Armory in Decatur, Alabama.[2]

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Symbolism of 142nd shoulder sleeve insignia The eight pointed star polygon, symbolic of Helios the Greek God of the Sun, who could see and hear everything, denotes alertness. The red diagonal cross of the white star polygon signifies the Alabama State flag, the home state of the Brigade, the crossed swords suggest the aggressive and protective requirements and the elements of physical danger inherent in the mission. The following colors represent the branches that form the Brigade: oriental blue refers to the Military Intelligence functions and yellow and red indicates the Cavalry capabilities to accomplish its reconnaissance mission, the shoulder sleeve insignia was approved on 3 March 2011. (TIOH Dwg. No. A-1-1045) [3]

Symbolism of 142nd unit crest The shield, a warrior’s primary piece of equipment, represents the Brigade’s responsibility to the defense of national security. The lightning bolt symbolizes swiftness of communication, a basic category to Military Intelligence, the following colors represent the branches that form the Brigade: oriental blue refers to the Military Intelligence functions and yellow and red indicates the Cavalry capabilities to accomplish its reconnaissance mission. The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 3 March 2011.

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