2018-09-07 / Front Page

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

525th Processing Exploitation and Dissemination Battalion cases colors
Laura Levering
Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office


Freedom Park Pavillion is the backdrop as members of the 525th Processing Exploitation and Dissemination Battalion (Provisional) gather for their August 30 event, recognizing years of providing “continuous support to Operation Inherent Resolve and Operation Freedom’s Sentinel,” as described in the event’s program. Bill Bengtson / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office Freedom Park Pavillion is the backdrop as members of the 525th Processing Exploitation and Dissemination Battalion (Provisional) gather for their August 30 event, recognizing years of providing “continuous support to Operation Inherent Resolve and Operation Freedom’s Sentinel,” as described in the event’s program. Bill Bengtson / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office The 525th Processing Exploitation Dissemination Battalion (Provisional) cased its colors during a deactivation ceremony at Freedom Park Pavilion on Aug. 30.

The first of its type, the 525th PED Bn. was officially activated on Nov. 10, 2015, to fulfill intelligence processing exploitation and dissemination requirements from U.S. Army Forces Command. Its Soldiers came from three different brigades across the Army, including the battalion’s headquarters: the 525th Military Intelligence Brigade out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina.


Preparing to sheath the colors for the 525th PED Battalion, in an August 30 assembly in Freedom Park, are Sgt. Maj. Michael Grimes, left, with the 525th; Col. Dan Benick, with the 525th; and Lt. Col. Brian Tinkelpaugh, with the 525th as well. Bill Bengtson / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office Preparing to sheath the colors for the 525th PED Battalion, in an August 30 assembly in Freedom Park, are Sgt. Maj. Michael Grimes, left, with the 525th; Col. Dan Benick, with the 525th; and Lt. Col. Brian Tinkelpaugh, with the 525th as well. Bill Bengtson / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office Presiding over the ceremony, Col. Daniel Benick, 525th MI Bde. commander, explained how deactivations such as the 525th PED Bn. are a necessary part in a cycle of change.

“As the requirements levied on the Military Intelligence Corps continue to evolve, the way we structure our intelligence forces will continue to change with it,” Benick said.

The bat talion’s mission ranged from full motion video support of 24/7 aerial intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions to providing near real-time signal intelligence support to force protection and targeting in support of worldwide operations.


Col. Brian Tinkelpaugh, right, 525th PED Battalion (Provisional), hands his unit’s sheathed banner to Sgt. Maj. Michael Grimes, left, also with the 525th. Bill Bengtson / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office Col. Brian Tinkelpaugh, right, 525th PED Battalion (Provisional), hands his unit’s sheathed banner to Sgt. Maj. Michael Grimes, left, also with the 525th. Bill Bengtson / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office In addition to its core mission, Benick said the battalion planned and executed a “rigorous training, maintenance and readiness program in response to the requirement from Army senior leaders last fall to improve readiness across the force.”

“This ability to maintain high standards of execution, while increasing mission support and preparing for short notice deployment requirements, speaks volumes about the professionalism exhibited by this battalion and its Soldiers,” Benick said.

Although the battalion was formally activated just shy of three years ago, Lt. Col. Brian Tinklepaugh, 525th PED Bn. commander, pointed out that its first Soldiers arrived in July 2015.

During those first few months, intelligence Soldiers of various backgrounds “dove into” supporting deployments to the counter-ISIS fight in Iraq and Syria, making a lasting impact on the Army.

“As Soldiers in-processed, primarily signals intelligence Soldiers integrated into the 116th MI Brigade fight in Back Hall and quickly developed the tactics, techniques and procedures now employed by Soldiers across FORSCOM,” Tinklepaugh said.

Tinklepaugh continued speaking, praising his Soldiers and their accomplishments. Viewed by some as “unseen heroes,” the battalion supported a total 56,000 hours of full motion video analysis, produced 27,000 geospatial intelligence products, and supported 6,552 kinetic strikes resulting in 1,733 confirmed enemies killed in action.

“Harder to quantify are the lives saved by Watchtower Soldiers, ever cognizant of the consequences of their ‘tactical call-outs’ on both U.S. forces, allied partners, and the innocent civilians whose homes and neighborhoods we call ‘battlespaces,’” Tinklepaugh said. “Americans and good people all around the world can rest easier knowing that men and women like those before you stand watch, ever vigilant, ready for whatever the enemy brings against us.”

In closing, Tinklepaugh encouraged the battalion to share their experiences with fellow Servicemembers as a means to help them grow and become better leaders.

“ You truly are the ‘subject matter experts’ within FORSCOM, and the Army needs your perspective,” Tinklepaugh said.

Moving forward, the former 525th PED Bn. is in the process transitioning from a battalion to a company that will fall under 35th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade.

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