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527th Military Intelligence Battalion

On 1 October 2009, the 527th Military Intelligence Battalion was inactivated and its personnel reflagged as the 719th Military Intelligence Battalion.

The 527th Military Intelligence Battalion was first constituted on 18 April 1946 in the Army of the United States as the 527th Interrogation Team and activated on 1 May 1946 in Germany. The unit was inactivated on 31 October 1946 in Germany.

The unit was redesignated on 6 February 1948 as the 527th Headquarters Intelligence Detachment and activated on 21 February 1948 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, in support of the Third US Army. It was allotted on 5 May 1949 to the Regular Army. The outbreak of the Korean War led to several changes in the unit. It was reorganized and redesignated on 23 May 1949 as Headquarters, 527th Military Intelligence Platoon, on 4 August 1949 as the 527th Military Intelligence Service Platoon, on 14 November 1951 as the 527th Military Intelligence Service Company, and lastly on 31 December 1953 as the 527th Military Intelligence Company before being inactivated on 25 January 1958 at Fort Hood, Texas.

The mission and structure of the unit continued to change during the Cold War until its reactivation as the 527th Military Intelligence Company (Security) on 1 June 1962 at Kaiserslautern, Germany, assigned to 66th Intelligence Corps Group. The unit worked to detect and neutralize hostile intelligence efforts against US forces stationed in its area of operation.

The unit was reorganized and redesignated on 1 July 1972 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 527th Military Intelligence Battalion with its organic elements constituted on 1 October 1982 and activated in Germany. The unit's mission changed again with the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. It continued to play an important part in counterintelligence efforts for the Army, including during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. The battalion was inactivated on 15 October 1997 in Germany.

The Battalion was reactivated 16 June 2000 in Korea with the reflagging of the 751st Military Intelligence Battalion, which was subsequently inactivated. The unit was stationed at Camp Humphreys, Korea, and assigned to 501st Military Intelligence Brigade. Running 24 hour operations, 527th Military Intelligence Battalion played a vital role in providing the vigilance required to insure the security of the Republic of Korea.

On 1 October 2009, the 527th Military Intelligence Battalion was inactivated and its personnel reflagged as the 719th Military Intelligence Battalion.




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