303rd Military Intelligence BN History
The 303rd Military Intelligence Battalion’s lineage dates back to WWII when the 3253rd Signal Service Company, 303rd’s parent unit, was organized on 12 April 1944 and activated on 25 April 1944. Its mission was to gain intelligence from the interception of radio communications between German forces opposing Allied operations in France. Commanded by Captain Emory L. Jones, the 3253rd trained until 8 June at Wincham Hall, Cheshire and then moved to quarters at Burton Bradstock, Dorsetshire. The company supported the XV Corps (US), part of Patton's 3d Army, and saw action in France, Germany, and Austria and earned battle streamers for action in five campaigns.
The 303rd Military Intelligence Battalion was first officially constituted as the 303rd Communications Reconnaissance Battalion. The Unit was activated on 25 September 1950 at Arlington Hall, Virginia, and consolidated on 17 July 1951 with the 540th Signal Service Company. The 303rd moved quickly deployed to Korea and joined with the 501st Communications Reconnaissance Group. The teamwork and intelligence collection gathered by the 303rd contributed tremendously toward the fulfillment of the United Nations campaign for world peace and was awarded a Meritorious Unit Commendation for its outstanding services in Korea in support of combat operations between 10 July 1951 - 27 July 1952. The unit was also awarded a Presidential Unit Citation for the period between 1951-1952. The unit was inactivated on June 25, 1955.
The 303rd Army Security Agency Battalion was activated on 15 June 1962 at Camp Wolters, Texas, where the battalion first became known as the ‘Longhorns’. Between 1966 and 1971, the 303rd provided Radio Intelligence Support to the II Field Force in Long Binh, Vietnam. Honors earned by the 303rd were 5 Meritorious Army Commendations (1966-1871), the Civil Action Honor Medal, First Class (1969-70) and the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm (1970-71).
In 2004, the 303rd Military Intelligence Battalion deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, earning the Meritorious Unit Citation for its Service during OIF. The unit was cited for its performance as a multi-national Corps and Multinational Force which provided valuable and actionable operational intelligence. The unit deployed in 2006 in support of OEF for 15 month deployment and again on 10 Nov 2008 in which the unit supported Multi-National corp-Iraq and multi-national divisions Baghdad and South. The units numerous partnerships with military transition and provincial reconstruction teams greatly contributed to the increased readiness and capabilities of both the Iraqi army and police forces, receiving a Meritorious Unit Commendation.
In June 2011, the 303rd, as part of the 504th BfSB, deployed to Afghanistan. Soldiers with the 303rd MI BN TF Longhorn conducted more than 1,600 combat operations, generated 25,000 intelligence reports, captured 45 high-value targets and located 48 weapons caches and strongly supported the Afghan reintegration program, a top priority for the government of Afghanistan.
The 303rd is currently in training to deploy later on this year. “Always Ready…First to Know”