142nd Military Intelligence Battalion Assumes Their Mission in Afghanistan

 

By Capt. Jeffrey Anderson

142nd Military Intelligence Battalion

 

Published June 3, 2008

 

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Lt. Col. Derek Tolman, right, and Command Sgt. Maj. Lane Wayment, stand at attention at the transfer-of-authority ceremony May 25.

Photo courtesy of 101st CAB Public Affairs

Lt. Col. Derek Tolman, right, and Command Sgt. Maj. Lane Wayment, stand at attention at the transfer-of-authority ceremony May 25.

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — In a transfer-of-authority ceremony held here May 25, the 142nd Military Intelligence Battalion, Utah National Guard, assumed responsibility for military intelligence operations from the outgoing 202nd Military Intelligence Battalion, an active-duty Army unit based at Fort Gordon, Ga.

Colonel James Richardson, commander of the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, presided over the ceremony where Lt. Col. Derek Tolman, of Draper, Utah, officially took over the responsibilities of Lt. Col. Joseph Roybal, commander of Task Force Deuce.

“[You] are great Americans and outstanding Soldiers who have once again answered the call of duty,” said Tolman in thanking the Soldiers of Task Force Deuce present at the ceremony. “We appreciate all you have done to set high standards of performance and to . . . set up Task Force Wasatch for success.” 

Command Sgt. Maj. Lane Wayment, left, unfurls the colors of the 142nd Military Intelligence Battalion with Lt. Col. Derek Tolman.

Photo courtesy of 101st CAB Public Affairs

Command Sgt. Maj. Lane Wayment, left, unfurls the colors of the

142nd Military Intelligence Battalion with Lt. Col. Derek Tolman.

Serving under Task Force Destiny of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), the 142nd will be known as Task Force Wasatch. In keeping with their tradition as a linguistics unit, the 142nd chose the Ute Indian word wasatch as their moniker, which means “mountain pass.”

The mountain passes in the Hindu Kush range are critical to the fight in Afghanistan, and they are strikingly similar to those in the Wasatch Mountain range in Utah, home of the 142nd. The name focuses the unit on its heritage as proud warriors, culturally competent linguists and tenacious intelligence collectors.

Task Force Wasatch is comprised of approximately 300 Soldiers of the 142nd Military Intelligence Battalion. They will be conducting a variety of missions to include interrogation, human intelligence, voice-intercept missions and intelligence analysis.  Task Force Wasatch is also setting up to support humanitarian missions throughout the region.

“Our duty is to move forward and improve every mission,” said Tolman to his Soldiers after uncasing the colors of the 142nd at the ceremony, with Command Sgt. Maj. Lane Wayment, of West Point, Utah, at his side. “Our intelligence efforts must be focused on saving the lives of our fellow Servicemen and targeting the enemies of freedom with the hope of supporting the people of Afghanistan and her government in achieving better security, governance, and development.”

“Make every day count to that purpose,” added Tolman. “So much depends on what you do today and every day of this deployment.”

Col. James Richardson, commander of the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, right, addresses the Soldiers assembled for the 142nd Military Intelligence Battalion's transfer-of-authority ceremony May 25.

Photo courtesy of 101st CAB Public Affairs

Col. James Richardson, commander of the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, right, addresses the

Soldiers assembled for the 142nd Military Intelligence Battalion's transfer-of-authority ceremony May 25.