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3rd Military Information Support Operations Battalion (Airborne) (Production and Dissemination)
3rd Psychological Operations Battalion (Airborne) (Dissemination)

In 2010, the US Army announced its intention to rename the entire Psychological Operations Branch as the Military Information Support Operations (MISO) Branch. It was unclear, when and if this shift formally authorized and to what extent and changes had been made. As of 2011, both the Army's Center of Military History and the Department of Defense's Institute of Heraldry were still referring to psychological operations rather than MISO. Units aligned under Army Special Operations Command, such as the 3rd Military Information Support Operations Battalion (Airborne), were using the MISO term, but reserve component elements were still using the term psychological operations.

The 3rd Psychological Operations Battalion (Airborne) was responsible for all radio, television and print assets for developing psychological operations products, such as leaflets, posters, handbills, newspapers, radio and television broadcasts.

The 3rd Psychological Operations Battalion was capable of deploying these capabilities or they could be produced by the Battalion at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and shipped to the forward deployed psychological operations detachment in theater. If local host nation support agreements are in place, psychological operations personnel can print on foreign presses and broadcast from existing stations in theater. The Battalion was made up of a Headquarters and Headquarters Company, a Print Company, a Broadcast Company, and a Distribution Company.

The 3rd Psychological Operations Battalion (Airborne) (Dissemination) was first constituted on 20 April 1995 in the Regular Army as the 3d Psychological Operations Battalion. It was activated on 16 November 1995 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, with personnel from the Psychological Operations Dissemination Battalion (Provisional), which was first organized on 11 July 1990 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. That unit had participated in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. As a result, the 3rd Psychological Operations Battalion (Airborne) (Dissemination) was authorized campaign streamers for the Defense of Saudi Arabia and Liberation and Defense of Kuwait.

The 3rd Psychological Operations Battalion served as the Psychological Operations Dissemination Battalion (PDB) for the 4th Psychological Operations Group (Airborne), providing, while deployed, media expertise. It was a functionally-oriented dissemination battalion whose 3 major companies possesd the 4th Psychological Operations Group's organic print, radio and television broadcast, and audio-visual production and communication capabilities.

With the activation of the Military Information Support Operations Command (Airborne) (Provisional) and the 8th Military Information Support Operations Group (Airborne) (Provisional) in August 2011, the 3rd Military Information Operations Support Battalion (Airborne) was reassigned to the former from the 4th Military Information Support Operations Group (Airborne)




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