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  November 25, 2011

Spotlight

11th, 100th (Military Intelligence) Battalion

(Editor’s note: “SPOTLIGHT” is a continuing series of stories about tenant activities at Fort McCoy and their missions.)

What is it?
The 11th, 100th (Military Intelligence) (MI) Battalion (BN) provides instructors for three core Military Intelligence discipline courses — Intelligence Analyst (35F), Human Intelligence Collector (35M), and Counter Intelligence Agents (35L) — and noncommisioned officer (NCO) personal-development courses.

Unit instructors travel to Fort Devens, Mass., and train active-duty, reserve and National Guard Soldiers attending MI Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) reclassification training.

The unit is aligned under the MI 1st Brigade Headquarters, a subordinate unit of the 100th Training Division (Operational Support) that falls under the 80th Training Command.

The 11th, 100th (MI) BN has had a long-standing presence at Fort McCoy. The unit has had several designations, and in 2005 became the 11th, 100th (MI) BN.

What have they done?
The unit’s mission changed about one-and-a-half years ago when MI courses were consolidated at Fort Devens. Instructors now rotate through Fort Devens year-round to provide instruction.

Prior to the change in mission, instruction was provided on-site at Fort McCoy.

The unit also mobilized instructors to Fort Huachuca, Ariz., home of the U.S. Army Intelligence Center, in 2004 to augment the cadre there.

In addition to instructing courses, unit personnel attend monthly drill training at Fort McCoy to complete mandatory Army training and prepare training for students.

What do they have planned?
The 11th, 100th (MI) BN recently began sending instructors to teach operational security and imagery intelligence courses at Fort Devens once a year for each course. The unit will continue to provide instructors, as needed, to Army organizations.

Growth within its ranks also is anticipated. Authorizations currently available in the unit are expected to be filled as Soldiers return stateside from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Why are they important?
About 75-80 percent of the 40 Soldiers in the unit are instructors. This allows the unit to provide instructors year-round for the MOS reclassification courses that last, on average, 15 weeks and the two- to three-week long NCO personal development courses.

The unit’s many senior members have deep institutional knowledge. Unit members can adapt to doctrinal changes as needed while still providing an excellent product to students in any MI organization.

Resources:
For more information about the 11th, 100th (MI) BN, call 608-388-4102.

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