7th Military Information Support Operations Battalion (Airborne)
7th Psychological Operations Battalion (Airborne)
The 7th Military Information Support Operations Battalion (Airborne) is a regional military information support operations (MISO) battalion with responsibility for the US Africa Command (AFRICOM) area of responsibility.
The 7th Military Information Support Operations Battalion (Airborne) was first constituted on 23 December 1943 in the Regular Army as the 3rd Mobile Radio Broadcast Company and was activated on 29 December 1943 at Camp Ritchie, Maryland. The unit was deployed to the European Theater of Operations during World War II and was inactivated on 27 April 1946 at Verdun, France.
While inactivate, the unit was reorganized and redesignated on 16 October 2010 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 51st Psychological Operations Battalion. Also 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 were using the MISO term, but reserve component elements were still using the term psychological operations.
With the announcement that the US would create a unified command for much of Africa in 2007, it was expected that 6th Psychological Operations Battalion would become regionally focused toward Africa, while the 9th Psychological Operations Battalion was refocused to the EUCOM area of responsibility. In the end, the Battalion initially continued to provide support to the new command, US Africa Command (AFRICOM), after its formal establishment in 2008. It continued to do so until October 2011, when the 7th Military Information Support Operations Battalion (Airborne) was activated, focused toward the AFRICOM area of responsibility. 9th Military Information Support Operations Battalion (previously designated as 9th Psychological Operations Battalion) became the only tactical battalion assigned to Army Special Operations Command.
Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 51st Psychological Operations Battalion had been redesignated on 16 March 2011 as Headquarters, Headquarters and Service Company, 7th Psychological Operations Battalion. The Battalion's organic elements were concurrently constituted and activated with personnel from provisional units.
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