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    Division Cuts Ribbon On New Intelligence Facility

    Division Cuts Ribbon On New Intelligence Facility

    Photo By Master Sgt. Michael Leslie | Members of the Texas Military Department, the 36th Infantry Division and the U.S. Army...... read more read more

    AUSTIN, TX, UNITED STATES

    12.04.2016

    Story by Sgt. 1st Class Michael Leslie 

    36th Infantry Division (TXARNG)

    After four years of planning and construction, the 36th Infantry Division has officially cut the ribbon on the new Mabry Intelligence Readiness Center at Camp Mabry, Dec. 4, 2016. The facility allows the division’s “Arrowhead” soldiers to provide critical intelligence support to missions all over the world.

    The division currently has the headquarters element for the Train, Advise and Assist Command-South deployed to southern Afghanistan supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel where they partner with the Afghanistan National Security Forces. However, due to limitations on the number of forward deployed soldiers allowed in theater, the division had to become creative on how to provide meaningful intelligence capabilities to the mobilized soldiers.

    “This facility allows soldiers to conduct intelligence operations in a safer, more efficient and cost effective environment to our own Arrowhead soldiers, 8,000 miles away in Afghanistan,” said Maj. Gen. Lester Simpson, 36th Infantry Division Commanding General.

    Simpson explained that the facility is the first ever intelligence support to wartime efforts in Afghanistan from a National Guard home station.

    The facility has a wide range of skill sets to include, human, geographic and signals intelligence and a fusion center to gather information and build actionable intelligence products for soldiers overseas.

    Several entities were involved in the planning, building and accreditation process of converting a loading bay into an intelligence facility, to include the Defense Intelligence Agency, Headquarters, Department of the Army, the U.S. Forces Command, the Army National Guard, and the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command.

    “The accreditation and testing process ensured the capability to conduct secure intelligence activities for training and operational missions, both local and around the world,” said Simpson.



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    Date Taken: 12.04.2016
    Date Posted: 12.10.2016 12:34
    Story ID: 217170
    Location: AUSTIN, TX, US 

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