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300th Military Intelligence Brigade

UNIT FEDERAL MISSION STATEMENT

On order, the 300th MI BDE LING provides linguist and military intelligence support for multiple contingencies with HUMINT companies, SIGINT companies, and intelligence coordination detachments providing linguist and military intelligence augmentation support to the Army.

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UNIT STATE MISSION STATEMENT

On order, the 300th Military Intelligence Brigade (Linguist) deploys on state active duty to support the 300th MI during BDE HQ Joint Reception, Staging, Onward Movement and Integration (JRSOI) and provides assigned force packages as required from subordinate elements.

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Headquartered in Draper, Utah, the 300th Military Intelligence Brigade (Linguist) provides command and control of five military intelligence (MI) battalions totaling more than 2,000 Soldiers in six different states: Utah, Washington, California, Florida, Illinois and Massachusetts. The 300th MI Brigade provides linguist support across the spectrum of national defense agencies and military units. Their Military Intelligence specialties include Human Intelligence, Signals Intelligence and Counterintelligence. When called on by the governor, the 300th MI deploys in support of state contingencies.

The Brigade has maintained a continuously deployed presence in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo since 9/11. Additionally, many Brigade Soldiers continued to provide full-time and part-time support to wartime requirements from home station, working as linguists or analysts on national-level, time-sensitive missions from various intelligence agencies and combatant commands.

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History

With a humble beginning, the 142nd Intelligence Company was organized in February 1960. This company comprised interrogators, analysts, translators, and editors. Twenty-one years later, the company reorganized and became the 142d MI Battalion, which consisted of three companies. Due to the quality of linguists, the 142d Military Intelligence (MI) Battalion gained recognition as a "national treasure," which led to additional Army requirements and the creation of the 300th MI Brigade in 1988. In 1996, the 300th MI Brigade (Linguist) aligned to the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command.

Headquartered in Draper, Utah, the 300th MI Brigade (Linguist) is a "one of a kind" Army unit that responds to the ever-present need for trained Army linguists throughout the world. Today the brigade has five battalions: the 141st and 142d MI Battalions in Utah, the 223d MI Battalion in California, the 260th MI Battalion in Florida, and the 341st MI Battalion in Washington. The brigade also has companies in Illinois and Massachusetts and a team in Guam. Its Soldiers number approximately 2000 in both the human and signals intelligence (HUMINT and SIGINT) disciplines, with approximately 90 percent of these soldiers being trained linguists. The 300th is built from the bottom up, with five-soldier teams trained in a unique language as well as an MI skill. The Brigade HUMINT skills include collectors, such as interrogators, translators, and interpreters; it includes counterintelligence (CI) agents as well. The SIGINT skills include Soldiers trained in voice intercept and those trained as analysts.

The 300th covers 19 documented languages. The focus is heavily oriented toward Arabic, Persian-Farsi, and Korean, but the Brigade includes soldiers that speak regionally important languages such as Chinese, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, and Vietnamese. Major conflict languages make up approximately 60 percent of the Brigade force structure.

The mission of the 300th MI Brigade has always been to provide task-organized force packages to support the warfighting commander. The units of the 300th MI Brigade (Linguist) have proven invaluable in U.S. military operations worldwide from the Gulf War to current operations in Kosovo, Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan, and Cuba. Three battalions (141st, 142nd, and 223rd) have developed intelligence that led to victorious actions in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF), including the capture of prominent figures of the former Iraqi regime including, reportedly, Saddam Hussein. Soldiers from the 223d MI Battalion comprised more than 30 percent of the tactical HUMINT teams and operational management teams available during OIF.

Soldiers from the 300th played a major role in protecting the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, have deployed in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF), Operation IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF), Multinational Force Observer (MFO) Sinai, and the Stabilization Force (SFOR) in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The battalions of the 300th also support many different exercises throughout the year with language and MI skills. In addition, each year the 300th sponsors a major military language conference.

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Symbolism: The colors Oriental blue and silver gray are traditionally associated with U.S. Army Military Intelligence. The arrows allude to global service and intelligence from all sources, the quill refers to research and the study of linguistics, and the dagger symbolizes the covert and military aspects of the unit's mission.