By Sgt. Shameeka R. StanleyJanuary 5, 2018
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- As the world moves on to a new year and prepares for another, the 500th Military Intelligence Brigade-Theater (MIB-T) also known as the Pacific Vanguard Brigade reflected back on events throughout 2017.
Soldiers and civilians of the 500th MIB-T remained vigilant and ready during the year, engaging in numerous joint service and multinational training exercises, community partnerships and leader development programs.
The brigade hosted 107 intelligence leaders from across the Pacific Theater and larger intelligence community for the Set the Theater Table Top Exercise (TTX). The TTX enhanced the understanding of the Army intelligence requirements to set the intelligence warfighting function for the Pacific Theater. It also determined the brigade's capabilities to meet identified requirements, capability gaps, associated risks and mitigation options.
In June, Soldiers of the 205th MI Battalion (Bn.), 500th MIB-T, along with Australian Soldiers of the 1st Intelligence Bn., 8th Theater Sustainment Command, 593rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command, 8th Military Police Brigade, and 130th Engineer Brigade, participated in a combined mission readiness exercise "Perspicuous Provider 2017". The joint exercise was designed to increase sustainment-centric intelligence through a humanitarian assistance/disaster relief scenario within the Pacific theater.
The 205th MI Bn. worked closely with the U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC) Analysis and Control Element (ACE) to conduct training through the All Source Analysis Live Environment Training (LET) program. Soldiers from the 301st MI Bn. were able to participate in the LET program to gain experience and contribute to real-world intelligence missions.
The brigade continues to support the community through its school partnership program with Waialua High and Intermediate School. Soldiers from the 715th MI Bn. color guard had the honor of participating in the Waialua High graduation ceremony in May.
The 500th MIB-T hosted the 2017 Women's Equality Day observance ceremony at the Sgt. Smith Theater on Schofield Barracks, Aug. 25. During the ceremony, the keynote speaker was U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, representing Hawaii's 1st District.
715th MI Bn. Soldiers volunteered to coordinate a food drive for the 2017 Fed Feed Family campaign along with the help of service members from the National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS-Hawaii). Nearly 22,000 pounds of food was collected throughout the month of August, exceeding their goal by 12,000 pounds.
Soldiers from Charlie Company, 205th MI Bn. conducted a 3-mile ruck march in support of the annual Street Bikers United-Hawaii toy drive in Honolulu on Dec. 3. The Soldiers rucksack were decorated in holiday ornaments and filled with toys. The toys were donated to the Toys for Tots program, which was led by the Marine Corps Reserve.
Leader development has been a cornerstone to the success of the brigade throughout 2017. Not only is it emphasized at the forefront of the commander's priorities but it has been successfully demonstrated through various exercises and trainings.
The U.S. Army Intelligence Security Command (INSCOM) announced, in September, that the 500th MIB-T won the DA-level Command Language Program of the Year (CLPoY) for fiscal year 2016. The brigade continues to build a challenging, progressive and integrated language program which results in an increased Linguist Readiness Index.
Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC) 441st MI Bn. had the opportunity to participate in Leaders Professional Development (LPD) training Oct. 13 at the Yokohama North Dock in Yokohama, Japan. The LPD was conducted with the 403rd Army Filed Support Brigade (AFSB) and the 836th Transportation Battalion to gain a better understanding of both units' capabilities within the Pacific Area of Responsibility (AOR).
Readiness remains a top priority for the Pacific Vanguards, as it is throughout the Army. The year ended with its annual counterintelligence and human intelligence joint training exercise, Vigilant Pacific (VIGPAC), with our allied partners. VIGPAC has succeeded in accomplishing the training mission objective of conducting joint and combined multi-discipline intelligence field training exercises and enhanced combined intelligence and interoperability.