Deep in the Heart
of Texas

 748th MI Battalion activates Medina Regional Technical Control and Analysis Element to provide direct support to warfighters


By Command Sgt. Maj. (Retired) Art Johnson and Capt. Karen Pujals

    You can’t visit San Antonio, Texas, without seeing the Alamo, which stands in the middle of the city. On your first visit, you are struck by its simplicity; there ought to be more to it, this place which became the battle cry of every American.

    A few minutes down the road, there’s another structure built for utility. While simple in design, it is home to military intelligence professionals who have proudly served the unit for almost 54 years.

    The 748th MI Battalion, 702d MI Group, makes its home at Lackland Training Annex, Medina, Texas.

    The 748th MI Battalion provides personnel and other resources to support the Medina Regional SIGINT Operations Center. The Medina Regional SIGINT Operations Center is supported by all four services providing signal intelligence support to the warfighter and national level requirements.

    The 748th MI Battalion recently activated the Medina Regional Technical Control and Analysis Element, which provides direct signal intelligence support to the warfighter through a seamless automation capability. This automation capability allows push/pull intelligence directly to the Corps G2s and MI Battalion S2s through the use of compatible automation systems.

    The Medina Regional Technical Control and Analysis Element is manned predominantly by soldiers from two INSCOM battalions: the 748th MI Battalion, 702d MI Group and the 201st MI Battalion, 513th MI Brigade. Both battalions’ soldiers are integrated into the Medina Regional SIGINT Operations Center joint operations staff, which satisfies warfighter primary intelligence requirements while assisting with Center requirements. The activation of the Medina Regional Technical Control and Analysis Element proved a challenge from the beginning. Leaders needed to ensure successful operation by installing needed equipment and filling positions with the correct personnel. Leaders also fulfilled the intents of both the deputy chief of staff for intelligence and the INSCOM commander.

    The Medina Regional Technical Control and Analysis Element is fully integrated into the Medina Regional SIGINT Operations Center, providing direct support to warfighters on a daily basis. In the near future, command and control of the Element will transition to the 201st MI Battalion, 513th MI Brigade.

    In addition to providing support to the Center, the 748th MI Battalion soldiers participate in traditional Army events, such as the Confidence Course and Leadership Reaction Course. Many battalion soldiers choose to "Remember the Alamo" during their tour of duty with the 748th MI Battalion by conducting an Army tradition in front of the Alamo: they re-enlist.

    Command Sgt. Maj. (Retired) Art Johnson and Capt. Karen Pujals are assigned to the 748th MI Battalion, 702d MI Group, INSCOM.

748th MI Battalion

Relocated, redesignated, deactivated, reactivated, resubordinated...and now integrated and automated.

A lot has happened in the last 54 years. Originally activated in 1942 as Monitor Station One at Vint Hill Farms Station, Warrenton, Va., the 748th MI Battalion, 702d MI Group, INSCOM, stands as an example of ‘change to meet the Army’s needs.’ One of its first changes was a relocation to Kelly Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas, in 1974. Another change was its redesignation as the U.S. Army Security Agency Field Station San Antonio with two companies.

At that time, the unit became part of the Consolidated Security Operations (now the Medina Regional SIGINT Operations Center) which was jointly manned by the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force. It was (and still is) located at the Medina Annex of Lackland Air Force Base. The unit was redesignated the U.S. Army Field Station San Antonio in May 1980.

Company B evolved into Headquarters and Headquarters Company. Company A deactivated on Jan. 10, 1983, then reactivated on Oct. 14, 1987. Company B was reactivated on Oct. 6, 1993. On Jan 1, 1988, the unit was redesignated the 748th MI Battalion. The 749th Military Intelligence Company, Key West, Fla., was subordinated to the battalion on June 1, 1988. The 749th MI Company was later deactivated July 8, 1993.

On June 1, 1996, the 748th MI Battalion was resubordinated to the 702d MI Group, Fort Gordon, Ga., from the 704th MI Brigade, Fort George G. Meade, Md.

 


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