205th Military Intelligence Brigade
As part of the restructuring of US forces in Europe and the transformation of the US Army as a whole, the 205th Military Intelligence Brigade 'cased its colors' on 21 June 2007 and was inactivated in Wiesbaden, Germany. Its remaining battalions, the 1st and 302nd Military Intelligence Battalions, were reassigned to the 66th Military Intelligence Brigade, US Army Europe.
The mission of the 205th Military Intelligence Brigade was to rapidly deploy and conduct IEW operations in support of V Corps throughout the full spectrum of military operations.
The 205th Military Intelligence Brigade had a proud and distinguished history dating back to World War II. The unit had been in a continuous active service since 1944. The 205th Military Intelligence Brigade was first constituted on 12 July 1944 in the Army of the United States as the 205th Counter Intelligence Corps Detachment. The unit was activated on 6 August 1944 in France. The unit served during World War II in Northern France, the Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace and Central Europe.
The Detachment was allotted to the Regular Army on 6 October 1950. It was reorganized and redesignated as the 205th Military Intelligence Detachment on 25 June 1958.
Deploying to Vietnam, the Detachment participated in 8 campaigns: Counteroffensive Phase II, Counteroffensive Phase III, Tet Counteroffensive, Counteroffensive Phase IV, Counteroffensive Phase V, Counteroffensive Phase VI, Tet 69/Counteroffensive, and Summer-Fall 1969.
In October 1983, the 205th Military Intelligence Detachment was consolidated with the 135th Military Intelligence Group. The 135th Military Intelligence Group was first constituted on 19 March 1966 in the Regular Army as the 135th Intelligence Corps Group. It was activated on 1 June 1966 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. It had been redesignated on 15 October 1966 as the 135th Military Intelligence Group and was inactivated on 25 September 1969 in Vietnam. The consolidated unit was reorganized and redesignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 205th Military Intelligence Group.
The Group was reorganized and redesignated on 16 October 1985 as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 205th Military Intelligence Brigade. More than two-thirds of the Brigade deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina with Task Force Eagle in December 1995, redeploying to Germany in November 1996. The Brigade continued to provide intelligence support to V Corps, and to the ongoing Joint and Combined Operations in the Balkans, from principal operating bases in Germany and Italy.
Elements of V Corps received orders to deploy to Kuwait in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. According to Stars and Stripes in a story on 2 January 2003, the 94th Engineer Battalion, the 22nd Signial Brigade, the 205th Military Intelligence Brigade, and the 3rd Corps Support Command were to be depart for Kuwait in the coming weeks.
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