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344th Military Intelligence Battalion celebrates centennial

The 344th Military Battalion Color Guard mark the beginning of the centennial celebration by posting the colors at the Cactus Hotel, San Angelo, Texas, July 20, 2018. This color guard was comprised of drill instructors recently re-introduced to soldiers going through advanced individual training on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

The 344th Military Battalion Color Guard mark the beginning of the centennial celebration by posting the colors at the Cactus Hotel, San Angelo, Texas, July 20, 2018. This color guard was comprised of drill instructors recently re-introduced to soldiers going through advanced individual training on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Scott Choi, Lt. Col. Yukio Kuniyuki, and Spc. Lakedra Emerson, members of the 344th Military Intelligence Battalion, cut the battalion cake in celebration of 100 years of signals intelligence and cryptology at the 344th MI BN Centennial Celebration in the Cactus Hotel, San Angelo, Texas, July 20, 2018. The battalion consists of three units, Alpha and Bravo Companies are located at Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, where Delta Company is located at Corry Station, Florida. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Scott Choi, Lt. Col. Yukio Kuniyuki, and Spc. Lakedra Emerson, members of the 344th Military Intelligence Battalion, cut the battalion cake in celebration of 100 years of signals intelligence and cryptology at the 344th MI BN Centennial Celebration in the Cactus Hotel, San Angelo, Texas, July 20, 2018. The battalion consists of three units, Alpha and Bravo Companies are located at Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, where Delta Company is located at Corry Station, Florida. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. William Mitchell, Master Sgt. Jason Piercy and Staff Sgt. Benjamin Johnson, members of the 169th Engineer Battalion Firefighter Detachment, cut the battalion’s cake during the 344th Military Intelligence Battalion Centennial Celebration in honor of 100 years of intelligence and cryptology at the Cactus Hotel, San Angelo, July 20, 2018. The cake is traditionally cut by the youngest individual in the BN, the oldest member in the BN and the highest ranking. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. William Mitchell, Master Sgt. Jason Piercy and Staff Sgt. Benjamin Johnson, members of the 169th Engineer Battalion Firefighter Detachment, cut the battalion’s cake during the 344th Military Intelligence Battalion Centennial Celebration in honor of 100 years of intelligence and cryptology at the Cactus Hotel, San Angelo, July 20, 2018. The cake is traditionally cut by the youngest individual in the BN, the oldest member in the BN and the highest ranking. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Yukio Kuniyuki, 344th Military Intelligence Battalion commander, reminds soldiers of their heritage in the signals intelligence and cryptology fields of the Army at the centennial celebration at the Cactus Hotel in San Angelo, Texas, July 20, 2018. He thanked members and their guests for attending and encouraged everyone to remember that, as service members, everyone is needed to fulfill the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Yukio Kuniyuki, 344th Military Intelligence Battalion commander, reminds soldiers of their heritage in the signals intelligence and cryptology fields of the Army at the centennial celebration at the Cactus Hotel in San Angelo, Texas, July 20, 2018. He thanked members and their guests for attending and encouraged everyone to remember that, as service members, everyone is needed to fulfill the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

SAN ANGELO, Texas --

The 344th Military Intelligence Battalion, a tenant unit on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, celebrated 100 years of signals intelligence and crypto logical training at the Cactus Hotel in San Angelo, July 20.

Members celebrated the centennial with music, dancing, food and socialization. Master Sgt. Jason Piercy, 169th Engineer Detachment, senior enlisted leader, spoke about the growth of the detachment within the 344th MI BN on Goodfellow.

The 344th MI BN trains, develops and educates Soldiers to conduct and lead signals intelligence operations while taking care of Soldiers, civilians, contractors and their families.

“It doesn’t matter that the 169th are firefighters and the 344th is intelligence,” said Piercy. “We are all soldiers and instructors who are there to make sure that we give the best training to the soldiers who are coming through our doors.”

The 169th Engineer Battalion trains service members, civilians and allied members and develops leaders in combat, general and geospatial engineering skills in coordination with sister services across multiple locations including Goodfellow.

Lt. Col. Yukio Kuniyuki, 344th MI BN commander, reflected on the history of signals intelligence, and the fact that because of military member’s innovation, there has been constant growth and adjustment to fulfill the mission.

“It has been 100 years since military intelligence was established, 100 years of crypto logical training and fighting,” said Kuniyuki. “We have more history and heritage than anyone, tying us back to our roots.”

Originally established as a detachment at Chanute Air Force Base, Illinois, the 169th EN BN Firefighter Detachment trains soldiers in firefighting at the Louis F. Garland Fire Academy on Goodfellow.