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Welcome to the Fort Hood, Texas | 504 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 Five Hundred Fourth Battlefield Surveillance Brigade traces its lineage to the early days of World War II as the One Hundred Thirty-Seventh Signal Radio Intelligence Company (Aviation). The Brigade was reorganized and redesignated a number of times in the years following World War II and in November 2007, the Brigade was redesignated as the Five Hundred Fourth Battlefield Surveillance Brigade as part of Army transformation. In June 2010 the Brigade completed its transformation and now consists of two military Intelligence Battalions, the One Hundred Sixty Third and Three Hundred Third MI Battalions, Second Squadron, Thirty-Eighth Cavalry Regiment and a provisional Special Troops Battalion.

Second Squadron, Thirty-Eighth Cavalry Regiment Phantom Trackers traces its lineage to the Third Reconnaissance Squadron, which was activated in November 1942 at Fort Bliss, Texas. The unit was redesignated as the Thirty-Eighth Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron (Mechanized) prior to deployment to the European Theater of Operations. The Squadron fought across Western Europe, before finishing the war in Germany. Exceptionally good fortune in combat earned the Squadron the nickname “Lucky Thirty Eighth.” On 15 February 2008 Bravo Troop, 38th Cavalry Squadron was re-activated at Fort Hood, Texas and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in August 2008. In June 2010 the unit was expanded and the Squadron was activated in preparation for deployment.

The One Hundred Sixty Third Military Intelligence Battalion, The Blue Watch, was initially organized on 5 April 1945, as the One Hundred Sixty Third Language Detachment, at Luzon, Republic of the Philippines. The One Hundred Sixty Third holds 11 battle streamers from World War II and Korea, and on May 4, 1971, the Secretary of the Army accorded the battalion the title, “The Blue Watch.” The Battalion was reactivated on 17 January 2006 and was the army’s first modular Military Intelligence Battalion, the model for MI Battalions that provide the Maneuver Commander with integrated intelligence assets allowing him to know the enemy through signals, human, and counterintelligence.

The Three Hundred Third Military Intelligence Battalion, Longhorn, is the U.S. Army’s most decorated Military Intelligence Battalion, with 25 campaign streamers, eight unit commendations, and three foreign unit decorations. The Battalion’s parent unit, the 325 Signal Service Company, was activated on April 29, 1944 at Wincham Hall, Cheshire, England. On June 15, 1962 the Battalion was returned to active duty as the Three Hundred Third Army Security Agency Battalion at Camp Wolters, Texas and the “Longhorn Battalion” name was adopted by the native Texans. On April 21, 1978 the Battalion was redesignated as the Three Hundred Third MI Battalion, and assigned to the newly formed Five Hundred Fourth MI Group. In November 2007 the Battalion was restructured as a modular BfSB Military Intelligence Battalion.

The Two Hundred Sixty Eighth Network Support Company was activated in September 1943 at Camp Crowder, Missouri as the Two Hundred Sixty Eighth Signal Construction Company. The unit was reorganized and redesignated a number of times following World War II and was reactivated in April 2007 as part of the Five Hundred Fourth Battlefield Surveillance Brigade.

The Five Hundred Ninth Forward Support Company was constituted as Motor Transport Company Number Sixteen in April 1924. It served in the Italian Campaign during World War II. The Five Hundred Ninth was inactivated 1 November 1946 at Camp Hood, Texas and was redesignated the Five Hundred Ninth Forward Support Company upon reactivation at Fort Hood Texas on 16 December 2007.

The Headquarters and Headquarters Company traces its lineage to the early days of World War II and was reorganized and redesignated a number of times in the years following. In June 2010, the unit was reorganized and expanded to provide the command and control for the Five Hundred Fourth Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, completing its modular transformation.



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.


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