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24th Military Intelligence Battalion

The 24th Military Intelligence Battalion was first organized in 1959 in New York City, New York, which included Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4 line detachments and an aviation section. The unit was first activated for the Berlin Crisis in the fall of 1961 and reverted back to reserve status in August 1962. From 1962 to 1968, the unit was located at Miller Field, Staten Island. In 1968, the unit relocated to new quarters at the Armed Forces Reserve Center, Fort Hamilton, New York. In 1970, the unit moved to Armed Forces Reserve Center, Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island. In March 1970, the unit was activated to provide support during the postal strike. In the early 1970's, the unit conducted annual training as a battalion at Fort Meade, Maryland. In 1974 it moved to Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. In 1975, the Battalion was authorized by First Army to teach the Basic Imagery Interpretation Course. In 1976 the Battalion's aviation assets were withdrawn.

In 1977, the Battalion began participating in Operation MIHAWK, utilizing OV-1 Mohawk technology. Detachments deployed separately for the first time with Air National Guard (ANG) units, where numerous brigades were supported with Imagery products and reports during ground exercises along the western and southern United States over the next 3 years in support of counter drug operations. In 1979, a highly successful external battalion ARTEP was conducted by XVIII Airborne Corps at the Air Force Reserve Command. In 1980, the Battalion began training with various elements of the 1st Military Intelligence Battalion (MIBARS), an active duty component unit, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, South Carolina; and Bergstrom Air Force Base in Austin, Texas.

By the mid-1980's, after the 1st MIBARS was reorganized, and as the Active Air Force passed the Tactical Reconnaissance Mission over to the National Guard, detachments of the 24th Military Intelligence Battalion became aligned exclusively with Air National Guard Squadrons. Concurrently, personnel from the 24th Military Intelligence Battalion were the first reservists selected to attend the Active Air Force Advanced Imagery Interpretation Course (AIIC) in Shierstein, then in the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany).

After 1987, some of the exercises that detachments of the 24th Military Intelligence Battalion participated in included: REFORGER at Zwehrucker, Germany; Operation Safari at Bardufass, Norway; Maple Flag at Cold Water Canada; and Brim Frost at Anchorage Alaska. On 20 January 1991, Detachment C, supplemented by other battalion personnel, was activated and deployed to the Kuwait Theater of Operation (FTO) in support of Operation Desert Storm. Intelligence personnel worked at the Intelligence Center and Joint Imagery Production Complex (JIPC) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in support of the US Army Central Command. Additional personnel served with the US Army Intelligence Threat Analysis Center (ITAC) in Washington, DC; the Army Space Program at Fort Bragg, North Carolina; the 1302nd Port Security Unit at Baytown and Jacksonville, Florida; and with various other units in the KTO. A total of 73 Battalion personnel served on active duty during those operations.

In October 1992, e detachments (E, F, and G Detachments) were added to the Battalion's MTOE. The following year, in October 1993, Detachments H and K, based in Mountain View, California, were assigned to the battalion. In November 1993, the Battalion began formal training and provided live mission support to the 513th Military Intelligence Brigade. On a year round basis, support was also provided to XVIII Airborne Corps, UNTRANSCOM and ITAC.

In 1994, the Battalion added the JAC at RAF Molesworth, United Kingdom. Also in 1994, the Battalion assisted the Civilian Evacuation of Rwanda. Between 1995 and 1998, the unit was used to support Operation Gold Sword I through IV for the 800th Military Police Brigade. Also, between 1996 and 1998, 20 Battalion personnel were activated for Operation Joint Endeavor in Bosnia, Herzegovina. In 1997 Detachments H and K were dropped from the Battalion MTOE and assigned to the 500th Military Intelligence Battalion in California.

In 2009, the 302nd Military Intelligence Battalion, assigned to the 66th Military Intelligence Brigade, was inactivated and reflagged as the 24th Military Intelligence Battalion.

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