344th MI Battalion

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The design of the unit crest is characterized by a gold-colored metal and enamel device consisting of a gold key, slanted upward to right behind the shafts of two pikes; all encircled by a continuous oval-shaped scroll passing through the bow of the key, behind the pike heads, keyward and over the pike staffs, and bearing the inscription in black enamel letters "Silent Sentinel." The key, symbol for security and secrecy, and the pikes, weapons used by sentries in Middle Ages, symbolize the basic mission of the organization. The shape of the bow of the key and the two pikes further simulate the numerical designation of the organization.

On 25 March 1966, the Army Security Agency Training Center and School, Fort Devens, Massachusetts, organized the Army Detachment at Goodfellow Air Force Base, San Angelo, Texas. The detachment's authorized commissioned officer, warrant officer, and 23 enlisted soldiers taught electronic warfare intercept and translation skills to Army personnel beginning on 9 April of that year.

In the latter days of 1975, Army training at Goodfellow increased dramatically when the radio communications analysis and cryptanalysis courses of instruction began. Mid-1976 marked the start of STREAMLINER automated communications maintenance and operator training.

Designated as the U.S. Army Intelligence Training Battalion on 1 June 1983, the Goodfellow Detachment had more than 600 assigned soldiers. The unit comprised a headquarters section and two letter companies ("A" and "B"), resulting in the inclusion of soldierization training for all soldiers attending cryptologic training.

The battalion became the 3d Battalion, 2d School Brigade, on 15 January 1987, and was resubordinated to the 112th Military Intelligence Brigade, Fort Devens, Massachusetts. On 25 May 1990, the battalion was redesignated the 344th Military Intelligence Battalion, 112th MI Brigade (Training). The beginning of fiscal year 1993 saw the subordination of the 344th MI Battalion change from the 112th MI Brigade (Training), Fort Devens, to the 111th MI Brigade, Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

In addition to the primary mission of training MI linguists (98G), analysts (98C), intermediate-level imagery analysts (96D), and Army-engineer firefighters (51M), the 344th MI Battalion has supported numerous additional missions, including Operations JOINT ENDEAVOR and JOINT GUARD. On 20 July 1992, the 344th MI Battalion's commitment to excellence was recognized with the Army Superior Unit Award.

Today, the 344th Military Intelligence Battalion stands committed to send the gaining units the most thoroughly trained and highly motivated soldiers possible. Through professional noncommissioned and commissioned officers, today's soldiers carry the necessary tools to take them into the 21st Century.