Knights History

In May 1999, forward deployed elements of the Brigade's 204th Military Intelligence Battalion redeployed from Panama back to Fort Bliss, Texas, while other Brigade elements began a phased movement to Puerto Rico as part of USARSO’s historic move from Panama. In 2001, immediately following 9/11, the Vigilant Knights deployed Soldiers to Afghanistan and numerous other locations in the AOR in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF) and again deployed the vast majority of the Brigade’s Soldiers to the AOR in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF) in 2002 and 2003. From 2003 to 2005, the Brigade deployed the 202nd and 297th Military Intelligence Battalions to Iraq in support of OIF. From December 2006 to 2008 the Brigade deployed two Task Forces in support of OEF, Task Force Lightning and Task Force Deuce. From October 2009 until March 2010 the 202nd Military Intelligence Battalion deployed Task Force Deuce II in support of Combined Joint Task Force – 82 in Afghanistan. Also in October 2009 the 202nd Military Intelligence Battalion deployed forces in support of Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan until October 2010. Starting in 2008 until 2010 the 224th Military Intelligence Battalion (AE) started recurring deployments in support of operations for Multi-National Corps-Iraq. From Iraq the 224th Military Intelligence Battalion (AE) moved to deployments in Afghanistan in support of the International Security Assistance Forces operating in Regional Command South. From September 2009 to December 2011 the Brigade deployed personnel in support of the Aerial Precision Geolocation office in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Starting in 2010, the 202nd Military Intelligence Battalion took on a recurring mission to support Operations within Special Operations Command (SOCOM) in the Afghanistan Theater. In January 2011 the Brigade deployed Soldiers of the 297th Military Intelligence Battalion and the 202nd Military Intelligence Battalion in support of the Strategic Debriefing Center in Afghanistan until January 2012. In August 2011 the 202nd Military Intelligence Battalion again deployed Soldiers in support of Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan. Currently, the Brigade has 170 Soldiers deployed in support of ARCENT, CENTCOM, and Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan.


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