2015-10-23 / Front Page

First aerial intelligence brigade formally activates

By Laura Levering Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office


Command Sgt. Maj. Andrew Woods, with the 116th Military Intelligence Brigade, passes the brigade colors to Maj. Gen. George J. Franz III, Intelligence and Security Command commanding general, in the brigade’s activation ceremony. At left is Col. Adam R. Hinsdale, 116th commander. 
Photo by Bill Bengtson / Fort Gordon Public irs Ofice Command Sgt. Maj. Andrew Woods, with the 116th Military Intelligence Brigade, passes the brigade colors to Maj. Gen. George J. Franz III, Intelligence and Security Command commanding general, in the brigade’s activation ceremony. At left is Col. Adam R. Hinsdale, 116th commander. Photo by Bill Bengtson / Fort Gordon Public irs Ofice A new military intelligence brigade formally activated at Fort Gordon during an activation and assumption of command ceremony held at the Barton Field reviewing stand last week.

Col. Adam R. Hinsdale assumed command of 116th Military Intelligence Brigade (Aerial Intelligence) Oct. 16. Major Gen. George J. Franz III, commanding general of U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command, was among dignitaries who attended. Franz said the brigade’s activation marked a major milestone in the growth of the Army’s global intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance operations capability.

“Every day, our Army and joint forces engage enemies across the globe, and we fully recognize the critical importance of ISR in this fight; a fight in war of information,” Franz said. “Conflict will be won by men and women who engage and influence populations with computers, electronics, and advanced technology. The nation needs a new breed of Soldiers to add to the fight. The 116th MIB stands ready to answer that call.”

Its primary mission is to conduct “24/7 tasking, collection, processing, exploitation, dissemination, and feedback operations of multiple organic and joint intelligence, aerial-intelligence surveillance, and reconnaissance missions collected in overseas contingency areas of operation.”

The brigade previously activated at Fort Gordon in June 2000 as the 116th Military Intelligence Group. In September 2009, the group inactivated, then in August 2014, it was redesignated as 116th MI Bde and reserved for activation on Oct. 16. The Army approved the establishment of an aerial intelligence brigade and designated 116th to fulfill the mission.

Franz said that although the ceremony marked the official activation of the brigade, its foundation was laid out several months prior. Many of its Soldiers were seasoned combat veterans whose experiences contributed to successes had within the newly activated brigade.

“To the men and women of the 116th AIB – in actuality, this activation ceremony is not the starting point for you,” Franz said. “The Soldiers and civilians of the 116th have already been proudly working and actively conducting missions in support of Operations Enduring Freedom, Resolute Support and Inherent Resolve for over 23 months, without the formality of an official recognition.”

Assuming command, Hinsdale opened his remarks by recognizing three of the brigade’s Soldiers who had just returned from a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan the day prior. Following applause, he went on to identify dozens of more leaders and Soldiers from the brigade for their leadership roles and individual accomplishments.

“Today, ladies and gentlemen, is about the Soldiers, Department of the Army civilians, and Defense Industry teammates standing in front of you and their brothers and sisters at their respective home stations and those deployed,” Hinsdale said. “They are the reason the 116th Military Intelligence Brigade is now a reality.”

Franz credited Hinsdale with having a key role in establishing the brigade.

“I fully recognize that it has been through your vision, technical expertise, drive, determination, leadership and imagination that the 116th is such an effective organization,” Franz said. “I am absolutely pleased with what I have seen so far, and I look forward to what you and your great team will achieve in the years to come.”

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