Welcome to the 504th BFSB web presence. For post information please call: 254-287-1110. If you notice any Suspicious Activity report it to:   254-288-COPS.

Welcome to the 504th BFSB web presence. For post information please call: 254-287-1110. If you notice any Suspicious Activity report it to: 254-288-COPS.

Brigade History


The 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade traces its lineage to the early days of World War II as the 137th Signal Radio Intelligence Company (Aviation). The unit soon was redesignated the 137th Signal Radio Intelligence Company and received battle streamers for the campaigns of Northern France, Central Europe and the Rhineland.

    The brigade was reorganized and redesignated a number of times in the years following World War II. The forerunner of the brigade had a variety of missions which affiliated it, for a time, with the National Broadcasting Company and the Army Security Agency. On 21 April 1978 the Brigade was redesignated the 504th Military Intelligence Group (Corps) and began its evolution to a Military Intelligence Brigade structure. The group was reorganized on 16 April 1982 as our Army’s first corps level intelligence support unit under the Combat Electronic Warfare Intelligence (CEWI) concept. On 16 September 1985, the Brigade was designated as the 504th Military Intelligence Brigade (Corps) at Fort Hood and supported the intelligence requirements of the III Mobile Armored Corps.

Upon redesignation, the brigade reconstituted a complete Military Intelligence Battalion (Aerial Exploitation), thus reestablishing a long term affiliation and complimenting the intelligence efforts of the 163d Military Intelligence Battalion (Tactical Exploitation), the 303d Military Intelligence Battalion (Operations), and Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment (HHD).

In November 2007, the 504th was redesignated as the 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade as part of Army Transformation. With the transformation, the Brigade loses affiliation with the Aerial Exploitation Battalion while the remaining two MI Battalion’s assume identical missions as intelligence collection battalions. The Brigade also activated three separate companies, a Network Operations Company, a Forward Support Company and a Long Range Surveillance Company/Troop while restructuring the HHD into a company and expanding its missions.



Shoulder Sleeve Insignia and Distinctive Unit Insignia




   

SHOULDER SLEEVE INSIGNIA



    Description: On a blue shield 3 inches in height and 2 1/4 inches in width with a 1/8 inch yellow border a silver gray winged lightning flash with wings elevated, the flash topped with a silver gray demi fleur-de-lis.

    Symbolism: Oriental blue and silver gray are the colors associated with the Military Intelligence branch. The wings suggest loftiness, or the advantage obtained from clear observation. The lightning flash alludes to the unit’s ability to respond accurately and quickly in support of the commander’s needs for intelligence from all sources. The fleur-de-lis is both a symbol of intelligence and of the brigade’s roots in the battles of Northern France and Central Europe. Yellow (gold) signifies excellence and achievement.

    Background: This insignia was approved on 19 Dec 1985.

   

DISTINCTIVE UNIT INSIGNIA



    Description: A gold color metal and enamel device 1 3/16 inched in height overall consisting of a vertical red enamel winged lightning flash with wings elevated, tipped with a demi-fleur-de-lis, all within a continuous blue scroll arced at top and base and passing behind the wings and demi-fleur-de-lis at the sides and top and inscribed "SEMPER PRAEPARATUS" in gold letters; and all areas enclosed by the wings and scroll are checky of gold and silver gray.

    Symbolism: Oriental blue and silver gray are the colors used for Military Intelligence; blue and gold signify loyalty and accomplishment. Wings connote loftiness, the vantage point for visual observation. The lightning flash and checky area represent technological capabilities; together they symbolize vigilant leadership, celerity and communications. The checky area and lightning flash also allude to the organization’s concern with strategic control over hostile communications and the security of friendly communications. The demi-fleur-de-lis, lightning flash, wings and checky area also refer to the lineage of the organization when constituted in 1942 as the 137th Signal Radio Intelligence Company, Aviation. The demi-fleur-de-lis is further used to denote Europe and the organization’s participation in Northern France, Central Europe and Rhineland Campaigns, World War II. The scarlet color refers to the Meritorious Unit Commendation Streamer awarded the unit inscribed "EUROPEAN THEATER."

    Background: This insignia was originally approved on 7 Jun 1976 for the 504th Army Security Agency Group; redesignated for the 504th Military Intelligence Group on 22 May 1978. The distinguished unit insignia was redesignated on 1 Apr 1986 for the 504th Military Intelligence Brigade.