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1st Military Intelligence Battalion
(Aerial Exploitation)
1st Military Intelligence coat of arms
1st Military Intelligence coat of arms
Active 1957–1982
Country United States
Branch Regular Army
Type Intelligence battalion
Role Aerial Signals Information Acquisition
Part of 66th Military Intelligence Brigade
Garrison/HQ Wiesbaden Army Airfield
Nickname(s) Flying Eye Battalion[1] (Special Designation)
Guardian Eagles[citation needed]
Motto(s) Infomare Laboramus ("We labor to inform")
Eyes Above[citation needed]
Equipment RC-12 Guardrail
RQ-5 Hunter
Engagements Korean War
Vietnam War
Operation Desert Storm
Operation Iraqi Freedom III-IV and V-VI
Operation Enduring Freedom VI
Decorations Presidential Unit Citation
Meritorious Unit Commendation
Superior Unit Award
Vietnam Cross of Gallantry
Distinctive Unit Insignia 1st Military Intelligence Battalion DUI

1st Military Intelligence Battalion (Aerial Exploitation), nicknamed the "Flying Eye Battalion",[1] is a unit of the United States Army which specializes in the acquisition of aerial signals information in direct support of the 66th Military Intelligence Brigade. 1st MI Battalion (AE) is currently headquartered at Wiesbaden Army Airfield in Germany.

Battalion historyEdit

The unit was originally formed on 14 December 1956 as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 1st Air Reconnaissance Support Battalion, and formally activated 1 February 1957 at Fort Polk, Louisiana. It was reorganized and redesignated 1 May 1959 as Company A, 196th Aerial Photo Interpretation Detachment at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Then on 20 March 1962 it was converted and redesignated the 1st Military Intelligence Battalion (ARS) Upon its return from Vietnam in 1973, 1st MI was assigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina and eventually inactivated 15 July 1982.[2] Reactivated 14 January 1984 in Germany as V Corps' aerial exploitation battalion, 1st MI is currently assigned to the 66th Military Intelligence Brigade out of Wiesbaden Army Airfield, Wiesbaden, Germany, supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

1st MI Battalion has served in

Current unit organizationEdit

The battalion has undergone various reorganizations. Currently it comprises four companies:

Vietnam unit organizationEdit

  • Headquarters and Headquarters Company was based in Saigon at Muscara Compound. It included an aviation platoon.
  • Detachment A was based at Biên Hòa and supported III Corps operations.
  • Detachment B was based at Da Nang and supported I Corps operations.
  • Detachment C was based at Cần Thơ and supported IV Corps operations.
  • Detachment D was based at Nha Trang and supported II Corps operations.
  • 45th Military Intelligence Detachment was assigned to 1st MI Battalion in 1968 and was based in Phu Bai. It was eventually organized as Detachment E and supported operations in I Corps.


The following decorations have been awarded to the 1st Military Intelligence Battalion:

Company A is additionally entitled to:


PD-icon.svg This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Army Center of Military History document "1st Military Intelligence Battalion Lineage and Honors".

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Special Designations". United States Army Center of Military History. 21 April 2010. Archived from the original on 9 June 2010. Retrieved 23 June 2010. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Finnegan, John Patrick and Danysh, Romana (1997). "Military Intelligence", Washington, D.C.: Center of Military History, United States Army.
  3. "Lineage and Honors Information". 1st Military Intelligence Battalion. U.S. Army Center for Military History. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 

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