205th MI Bn. receives warm reception

| March 10, 2011 | 0 Comments
Staff Sgt. Kimberly Manning, Co. C, 205th MI Bn., 500th MI Bde., is welcomed home after a yearlong deployment, by her husband, at battalion headquarters, Feb. 14.

Staff Sgt. Kimberly Manning, Co. C, 205th MI Bn., 500th MI Bde., is welcomed home after a yearlong deployment, by her husband, at battalion headquarters, Feb. 14.

Story and Photo by
Sgt. 1st Class Sheryl L. Lawry
500th Military Intelligence Brigade Public Affairs

 

FORT SHAFTER — After spending a year in Afghanistan supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, the Soldiers of Company C, 205th Military Intelligence Battalion, 500th MI Brigade, are finally home.

They were reunited with their families at battalion headquarters, here, Feb. 14.

While deployed, Co. C, 205th MI Bn., 500th MI Bde., was responsible for running the Strategic Debriefing Center to gather and analyze intelligence from high-valued detainees, to provide signal intelligence support and documents of intelligence value, and to provide counterintelligence coverage for a detention facility and Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435.

The company was also charged with developing, establishing and operating a training program designed to produce professional Afghan Intelligence Collection officers.

“There is no doubt that the intelligence extracted, crafted and reported by Co. C, 205th MI Bn. (500th MI Bde.), had an impact on the battlefield and beyond,” said Lt. Col. Timothy Parker, commander, 205th MI Bn., 500th MI Bde. “Their reports frequently went straight to Gen. David Petraeus and other key leaders to inform their decisions.

“(Their) efforts undoubtedly saved coalition and civilian lives,” he said. “Intelligence gained by (our) Soldiers was used against the Taliban and Al Qaida in the field, as well (as ensured) those that were still a threat remained detained. At a minimum, there are some bad guys that will be held for a very long time.”

Now, with the year behind them, Soldiers are working to get back into the swing of things.

“This is the most dangerous time of the re-deployment phase,” said Capt. Meghan Cumpston, commander, Co. C, 205th MI Bn., 500th MI Bde., during the company’s official welcome home ceremony at Fort Shafter’s parade field, Feb. 16. “Take care of yourselves. Be safe. Have fun, but take care of yourselves and call someone if you need anything.”

Cumpston’s No. 1 priority is ensuring her Soldiers are safe, and she knows just how fortunate she is to bring them all home.

“Bringing home everybody safely is probably one of the best privileges of command, and I’m well aware that it’s a privilege that is not afforded to every commander that comes back from combat,” she said. “Knowing that, I am deeply grateful.”

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