202d MI Battalion

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The design elements of the crest personify the unit’s mission and capabilities. The crest’s colors, oriental blue and silver gray, are the colors traditionally associated with military intelligence. The knight’s helmet is adapted from the device of the 513th Military Intelligence Brigade. It refers to the unit parentage and symbolizes counterintelligence activities. The flash denotes speed and electronic warfare. The torch signifies a guardian of treasures and symbolizes security and strength. The unit’s motto is "conlige et profice" (collect and exploit).

The 202d Military Intelligence Battalion was activated at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, on 2 October 1982 as a subordinate element of the 513th Military Intelligence Brigade. The subordinate units that comprise the 202d MI Battalion have a long and distinguished history of service to the nation, including participation in the Pacific Theater of World War II, the Korean conflict, Vietnam, and Operations DESERT SHIELD, DESERT STORM, RESTORE HOPE, and JOINT ENDEAVOR/GUARD.

Since its activation in 1982, the 202d MI Battalion has developed into an echelon above corps battalion capable of rapid deployment into a bare-base, hostile environment to provide theater-level sustained counterintelligence and interrogation support for army elements of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) and U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM). Our focus is on Southwest Asia and South and Central America, which both are challenging and complex areas of the world.

The Battalion’s participation in the Bright Star series of exercises from 1993 to 1997, and in the Gallant Eagle exercises in 1986 and 1988, added realism to training by defining missions and requirements for operations. Additionally, the Battalion deploys soldiers for intelligence operations and training to countries throughout Southwest Asia and South and Central America, including Egypt, Jordan, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Panama, Haiti, and Honduras.

The 202d MI Battalion’s participation in Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM in 1990 and 1991 reinforced the meaning of its motto, "Collect and Exploit." The Battalion provided timely, quality interrogation and multidiscipline counterintelligence support to the theater command and its subordinate units. Successful participation in Operation RESTORE HOPE in Somalia, Operation JOINT ENDEAVOR/GUARD in Bosnia, and Joint Task Force-Haiti have placed the Battalion in the forefront of human intelligence (HUMINT) collection in Military Operations Other Than War and peacekeeping operations.

The 202d’s honors include the Defense of Saudi Arabia Battle Streamer, the Liberation of Kuwait Battle Streamer, the Meritorious Unit Citation for Operations during DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM, the National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation for 1991, 1992, and 1993, and the Army Superior Unit Award.

On 1 June 1994, the 202d Military Intelligence Battalion’s colors were uncased at Fort Gordon, Georgia, the new home of the Deuce. The relocation to Georgia has helped to improve the Battalion’s relations with its primary source of taskings, CENTCOM and SOUTHCOM, by placing the unit geographically closer to Florida.

The Battalion today is the culmination of many outstanding leaders, years of experience, and the dedication and efforts of thousands of soldiers. In the future, the 202d MI Battalion expects to continue to be the leading edge in Army HUMINT at the joint- and theater-level.