Vietnam Troop Deployment

Fort Huachuca, AZ. - Forty-seven years ago this week, the 525th Military Intelligence
Group arrived in South Vietnam to support the Military Assistance Command,
Vietnam (MACV). Earlier, in the summer of 1965, Maj. Gen. Joseph
McChristian, the MACV's J-2, had asked for an MI group to manage and control
the wide range of intelligence assets deploying to Vietnam as part of the
American build-up of military forces in 1965-1966. In late November 1965,
the 525th MI Group assumed that mission and established its headquarters on
Tan Son Nhut in Saigon. Shortly after that, the 525th's first two
battalions-the 1st MI Battalion (Aerial Reconnaissance Support) and the
519th MI Battalion-arrived. The 1st oversaw the Army's aerial
reconnaissance assets while the 519th provided personnel to the various
combined South Vietnamese-American intelligence centers. By the end of the
next year, they were joined by two MI groups-the 135th MI Group which
provided CI support and the 149th MI Group which oversaw HUMINT collection.
In addition to these four major subordinate units, the 525th MI Group
controlled another 31 intelligence teams or detachments during the course of
the war. Finally, after almost seven and a half years of service, the 525th
MI Group returned to the United States in March 1973. Over the course of
its seven and a half years in Vietnam, the group earned 16 campaign
streamers and four Meritorious Unit Commendations.

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