FORT STEWART, Ga. (WTOC) – Friday marked a brand new chapter of innovation at Fort Stewart. The third Infantry Division activated a brand new intelligence unit.
Friday morning’s ceremony marked the activation of the 103rd Intelligence and Digital Warfare Battalion. It’s the primary time in 18 years that it’s occurred.
Army leaders say that is the primary unit of its form to activate as a part of the Army’s effort to remodel their army intelligence. Comparable items will probably be activated at different bases sooner or later.
“It’s a small portion of a a lot, a lot bigger transformation that acknowledges the altering menace, the necessity to get again to large-scale fight operations, and to maintain tempo with our pacing adversaries, significantly China and Russia,” 525th Expeditionary Navy Intelligence Brigade Commander Col. David Violand stated.
This unit, also referred to as the 103rd IEW, will assist the third Infantry Division higher observe potential threats.
“You’ve obtained human intelligence troopers, sign intelligence troopers, geo-intelligence troopers, in formations inside the battalion, which can be going to enhance the capabilities that exist inside the third Infantry Division.”
Lt. Col. Marcus O’Neal formally took command of the unit right this moment.
“A formation like this permits the third Infantry Division and different divisions across the Army to have a decisive benefit in opposition to potential adversaries in large-scale and sophisticated operations,” Lt. Col. O’Neal stated.
At full energy, this unit could have greater than 190 troopers. Now, that quantity sits at about 50 – they usually’ll proceed to develop over the following 12 months. Lt. Col. O’Neal says these troopers are excited for the long run.
“You’re going to see plenty of troopers with their chests out, their heads up. They perceive the historical past they usually perceive what the Army wants them to do going ahead. They’re able to tackle that mission.”
A mission to remain forward in a world of ever-changing expertise.
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