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1st Military Intelligence Battalion (United States)

1st Military Intelligence Battalion
(Aerial Exploitation)
1st Military Intelligence coat of arms
Active 1957–1982
Country United States
Branch Regular Army
Type Intelligence battalion
Role Aerial Signals Information Acquisition
Part of 66th Military Intelligence Brigade
Garrison/HQ Lucius D. Clay Kaserne
Nickname Flying Eye Battalion[1] (Special Designation)
Motto Infomare Laboramus ("We labor to inform")
Equipment RC-12 Guardrail
RQ-5 Hunter
Engagements Korean War
Vietnam War
Operation Desert Storm
Operation Iraqi Freedom III-IV and V-VI
Operation Enduring Freedom VI
Decorations Presidential Unit Citation
Meritorious Unit Commendation
Superior Unit Award
Vietnam Cross of Gallantry
Distinctive Unit Insignia

1st Military Intelligence Battalion (Aerial Exploitation), nicknamed the "Flying Eye Battalion",[1] is a unit of the United States Army which specializes in the acquisition of aerial signals information in direct support of the 66th Military Intelligence Brigade. 1st MI Battalion (AE) is currently headquartered at Lucius D. Clay Kaserne in Germany.

Battalion history

The unit was originally formed on 14 December 1956 as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 1st Air Reconnaissance Support Battalion, and formally activated 1 February 1957 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Then on 20 March 1962 it was converted and redesignated the 1st Military Intelligence Battalion (ARS). In October of 1962 the 1st Military Intelligence Battalion (ARS) was instrumental in identifying Russian missile activity from clear photographic evidence produced from Air Force U-2 Spy Planes.[2] Upon its return from Vietnam in 1973, 1st MI was assigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina and eventually inactivated 15 July 1982.[3] Reactivated 14 January 1984 in Germany as V Corps' aerial exploitation battalion, 1st MI is currently assigned to the 66th Military Intelligence Brigade out of Lucius D. Clay Kaserne, Wiesbaden, Germany, supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

1st MI Battalion has served in

Current unit organization

The battalion has undergone various reorganizations. Currently it comprises four companies:

Vietnam unit organization

The unit served in Vietnam from 23 December 1965 from Ft. Bragg and departed Vietnam on 19 April 1971 to return to Ft. Bragg, as 1st Military Intelligence Battalion (Air Reconnaissance Support)(MIBARS).[5] Detachments were stationed in multiple locations during the battalion's deployment. Each detachment consisted of an operations/imagery interpretation section, a reproduction section and a supply and maintenance section.[2]

  • Headquarters and Headquarters Company was based in Saigon at Muscara Compound. It included an aviation platoon ("The Good Guys").
  • Detachment A was based at Biên Hòa and supported III Corps operations.
  • Detachment B was based at Da Nang and supported I Corps operations.
  • Detachment C was based at Cần Thơ and supported IV Corps operations.
  • Detachment D was based at Nha Trang and supported II Corps operations.
  • 45th Military Intelligence Detachment was assigned to 1st MI Battalion in 1968 and was based in Phu Bai. It was eventually organized as Detachment E and supported operations in I Corps.


The following decorations have been awarded to the 1st Military Intelligence Battalion:[6]

Company A is additionally entitled to:[6]


  1. ^ a b "Special Designations", United States Army Center of Military History
  2. ^ a b Finnegan and Danysh, p 132
  3. ^ a b Finnegan and Danysh, p 260
  4. ^ Finnegan and Danysh, p 147
  5. ^ Stanton, p 236
  6. ^ a b Finnegan and Danysh, p 261
  7. ^ "Lineage and Honors Information", 1st Military Intelligence Battalion, U.S. Army Center of Military History
References cited

 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Army Center of Military History document "1st Military Intelligence Battalion Lineage and Honors".

External links

  • 1st Military Intelligence Battalion official homepage
  • 1st MIBARS Association homepage
  • 1st Military Intelligence Battalion (Aerial Exploitation) website
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