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501st Military Intelligence Brigade

The 501st Military Intelligence Brigade is subordinate to the US Army Intelligence and Security Command, providing intelligence and security support to Headquarters, Eighth United States Army. The Brigade's mission iss to provide combat information and multi-discipline intelligence to joint and combined war fighters. It was comprised initially of the brigade staff elements and 4 battalions with remote elements throughout Korea. By 2009, the Brigade had gained a fifth battalion. The 368th Military Intelligence Battalion was an Army Reserve unit headquartered in the United States.

The Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 501st Military Intelligence Brigade was first constituted on 13 October 1950 in the regular Army as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 501st Communication Reconnaissance Group. The unit was activated on 20 October 1950 at Camp Pickett, Virginia, and assigned to the Army Security Agency. In 28 May 1951, the Group transferred from Camp Pickett to Camp Stoneman, California, for staging to Busan, Korea.

The 501st Communication Reconnaissance Group arrived at Busan on 25 June 1951. The unit spent 4 days in the Busan assembly area, awaiting sea transportation to Inchon. The Group arrived at Inchon on 1 July 1951. The Group headquarters moved into the war damaged main building of the Kyonggi Middle School, Seoul, Korea. By 15 July 1951, the Group had assumed administrative and operational control of all ASA units in Korea.

By the end of hostilities in July 1953, the Group had 3 battalions and 5 companies assigned. Beside the numerous citations awarded to its subordinate units, the Group received the Meritorious Unit Commendation (1 July 1951 to 27 July 1953), the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit citation (15 July 1951 to 30 April 1953) and credited for participation in 6 campaigns.

On 28 January 1956, the 501st Communications Reconnaissance Group was redesignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 501st Army Security Agency Group. On 1 July 1965, the Group was inactivated and its personnel and mission transferred to the 508th USASA Group, a TDA organization, as part of a worldwide reorganization occurring within ASA to provide greater flexibility in support of tactical units.

On 1 January 1978, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 501st Army Security Agency Group was redesignated Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 501st Military Intelligence Group and activated at the Yongsan Garrison, Korea. The Group took the place of the temporary 501st Military Intelligence Group (Provisional), organized at Camp Coiner on 1 April 1977, as part of the major reorganization within Army Intelligence, which merged individuals disciplines into one organization.

On 16 October 1986, the 501st was expanded into a Brigade under the Army of Excellence guidelines with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 501st Military Intelligence Group being reorganized and redesignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 501st Military Intelligence Brigade.




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