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1st Military Information Support Operations Battalion (Airborne)
1st 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 1st Military Information Support Operations Battalion (Airborne), were using the MISO term, but reserve component elements were still using the term psychological operations.

The 1st Psychological Operations Battalion (Airborne) produces and disseminates written propaganda. It also has the ability to operate in the radio broadcast field. A subordinate unit of the 4th Psychological Operations Group, the Battalion has regional responsibility for the US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) area of responsibility, including Latin America. Prior to 1999, it also had responsibility in the US Atlantic Command (ACOM) area of responsibility.

The 1st Psychological Operations Battalion was first organized on 8 November 1950 in the Regular Army at Fort Riley, Kansas, as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Radio Broadcasting and Leaflet Group. It was reorganized and redesignated on 1 September 1951 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Radio Broadcasting and Leaflet Group, 8239th Army Unit.

The unit was consolidated on 21 February 1955 with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Radio Broadcasting and Leaflet Battalion (first constituted on 30 November 1954 in the Regular Army) and the consolidated unit was designated as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Radio Broadcasting and Leaflet Battalion. It was concurrently reorganized at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

The Battalion was reorganized and redesignated on 24 June 1960 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Psychological Warfare Battalion and on 20 December 1965 as the 1st Psychological Operations Battalion.

The 1st Psychological Warfare Battalion participated in Operation Urgeny Fury in Grenada in 1983 and in Operation Just Cause in Panama between 1989 and 1990. On 16 March 1990, the Battalion was reorganized and redesignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Psychological Operations Battalion. It was again reorganized and redesignated on 16 November 1995 as Headquarters, Headquarters and Service Company, 1st Psychological Operations Battalion, with its organic elements concurrently constituted and activated with personnel from provisional units.

On 19 February 2009, the 1st Psychological Operations Battalion activated Company C at a ceremony at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The activation brought online the Battalion's first tactical company as part of the growth and reorganization of the 4th Psychological Operations Group (Airborne).

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 1st Military Information Operations Support Battalion (Airborne) was reassigned to the latter from the 4th Military Information Support Operations Group (Airborne)




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