The 743rd Military Intelligence Battalion supports a multitude of DoD information processing and analysis operations. The battalion strives to be the foremost military intelligence battalion in the U. S. Army, providing leading-edge information superiority and technical support to Combatant Commands, the U.S. Government and its allies. The Battalion is comprised of three companies: Headquarters Operations, Alpha, Bravo, and one overseas detachment. The battalion has supported every U. S. contingency operation since 1989.
The unit traces its lineage back to 1954 when the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, Army Security Agency Troop Command, and 7200th Administrative Area Unit organized at Fort George G. Meade, Md.
On Nov. 8, 1963, the Army Security Agency Troop Command was redesignated the Army Security Agency Support Group. With the redesignation of the Army Security Agency as the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command in 1977, the Army Security Agency Support Group became the Continental United States Military Intelligence Group on Nov. 1, 1977.
In March 1980, the Army redesignated the group as the 704th Military Intelligence Brigade.
On Oct. 3, 1989, the 743rd Military Intelligence Battalion was provisionally activated at Fort Meade, and the Department of the Army formally approved it in 1990 as a subordinate unit of the 704th Military Intelligence Brigade. The 743rd Military Intelligence Battalion was organized to provide improved command, control and support to the 704th Military Intelligence Brigade detachments located at other Services' and National-level sites around the world.
In July 1998, the battalion underwent major reorganization as the headquarters moved to Colorado. With the move came a marked change in mission: to support the joint activity at Buckley Air Force Base.
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