Year in Review: 500th MI Bde. provides global intelligence support

| January 13, 2012 | 0 Comments
Soldiers and family members of Co. C, 205th MI Bn., 500th MI Bde., welcome home Soldiers, Feb. 14, 2011, after their deployment to Afghanistan.

Soldiers and family members of Co. C, 205th MI Bn., 500th MI Bde., welcome home Soldiers, Feb. 14, 2011, after their deployment to Afghanistan. (Sgt. 1st Class Sheryl Lawry | 50th MI Bde.)

500th Military Intelligence Brigade Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The 500th Military Intelligence Brigade received the U.S. Army Installation and Security Command’s Commanding General Retention Award for accomplishing 117 percent of its assigned mission for fiscal year 2011.

The brigade has been recognized for being among the top INSCOM brigades for the last three years in retention.

“We have a strong command emphasis, which always equates to a successful re-enlistment program,” said Sgt. 1st Class Rex Fortner, senior career counselor, 500th MI Bde.

During February, the brigade’s 205th MI Battalion was recognized as the top blood donor unit for Tripler Army Medical Center’s Armed Services Blood Program.

“Soldiers never fail to make me proud to serve alongside them; this is another in a long line of events where Soldiers have raised the bar and made me feel honored to put this uniform on, ” said Lt. Col. Timothy Parker, commander, 205th MI Bn.

That same month, Company C, 205th MI Bn., returned from its Afghanistan deployment. The unit was responsible for operating the Strategic Debriefing Center and provided counterintelligence coverage for the detention facility.

“There is no doubt that the intelligence extracted, crafted and reported by Charlie Co., 205th MI Bn., had an impact on the battlefield and beyond,” Parker said.

The 205th MI Bn. participated in a joint training exercise with 25th Infantry Division, April 6 and 14, where Soldiers learned helicopter landing procedures, casualty evacuation, how to establish a perimeter and call in a 9-line medical evacuation.

Lt. Col. Douglas Edwards assumed command of the 205th MI Bn., June 30, at Palm Circle, Fort Shafter.

Later in the year, Soldiers from Co. A, 715th MI Bn., conducted a combined Network and Security Plus training in preparation for Cyberpilot Spin 11.4. The training session capitalized on lessons learned during Ulchi Freedom Guardian 2011 and further prepared Soldiers for future training, programs and cooperative exercises.

In October, 205th MI Bn. Soldiers completed a mission readiness exercise at the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command’s Detention Training Facility in Camp Bullis, Texas. The training was focused on conducting interrogations, instruction and integration into systems currently employed in Afghanistan.

Soldiers assigned to 715th MI Bn. attended the National Ground Intelligence Center’s Cyber Conference, Nov. 7-10, in support of National Security Agency/Central Security Service-Hawaii and to collaborate on the expanding cyber threats throughout the Pacific Command’s area of responsibility. The unit briefed on significant developments in cyber capabilities and threats during the past year.

The 500th MI Bde. is also involved in the community. It donated tables and chairs to Waialua schools, as part of the School Partnership Program and participated in the school’s graduation ceremony. Soldiers in the 205th MI Bn. conducted volunteer work at a Special Olympics soccer competition in August. Brigade Soldiers also volunteered and participated in several charity runs throughout the island.

Soldiers, civilians and family members of the 205th MI Bn. attended the Strategic Debriefing Element Deployment Ceremony, Dec. 16, as the unit is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan in early 2012 to provide intelligence support to units in theater.

“The deployment ceremony is a chance to showcase our Soldiers for family and friends,” said Capt. John Wiebeld, commander, Strategic Debriefing Element. “These Soldiers have worked long hours training ensuring they are fully prepared to take on the upcoming mission.”

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