8th Military Information Support Operations Battalion (Airborne)
8th Psychological Operations Battalion (Airborne)
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 8th Military Information Support Operations Battalion (Airborne), were using the MISO term, but reserve component elements were still using the term psychological operations.
The 8th Psychological Operations Battalion (Airborne) was a functional broadcasting and loudspeaker Battalion. The 8th Psychological Operations Battalion has regional responsibility over the Middle East area covered by US Central Command (CENTCOM). The 8th Psychological Operations Battalion is a subordinate unit of the 4th Psychological Operations Group (Airborne).
The 8th Psychological Operations Battalion (Airborne) was first constituted on 7 November 1967 in the Regular Army as the 8th Psychological Operations Battalion. It was activated on 1 December 1967 in Vietnam. After the conflict in Vietnam, the Battalion was inactivated on 27 June 1971 at Fort Lewis, Washington. For its participation in the conflict, the Battalion was awarded 10 campaign streamers: Counteroffensive Phase III, Tet Counteroffensive, Counteroffensive Phase IV, Counteroffensive Phase V, Counteroffensive Phase VI, Tet 69/Counteroffensive, Summer-Fall 1969, Winter-Spring 1970, Sanctuary Counteroffensive, and Counteroffensive Phase VII.
The Battalion was reactivated on 13 September 1972 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. It was reorganized and redesignated on 16 March 1990 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 8th Psychological Operations Battalion. The Battalion participated in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, earning campaign streamers for Defense of Saudi Arabia and Liberation and Defense of Kuwait.
The unit was reorganized and redesignated on 16 November 1995 as Headquarters, Headquarters and Service Company, 8th Psychological Operations Battalion with its organic elements concurrently constituted and activated with personnel from provisional units. In 1997, soldiers from Company B were used to form the core of the PACOM Psychological Operations Battalion. This unit was eventually reflagged as the 5th Psychological Operations Battalion (Airborne).
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