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1st Battalion Mission

1st IO Battalion deploys trained and ready IO teams to synchronize the employment of information-related capabilities, conduct multi-disciplined IO vulnerability assessments, and provide OPSEC assistance and training


1st Battalion Functions  

  • Deploy in support of unit operation
  • Analyze, assist, and challenge a unit’s posture in the Information Environment
  • Participate in unit training and exercises
  • Assist with IO planning from strategic to tactical levels
  • Conduct IO policies, procedures and accreditation review
  • Train and certify OPSEC officers




1st Battalion Points of Contact


  • 1st IO BN S1 (703) 428-4374
  • 1st IO BN S2 (703) 428-4332
  • 1st IO BN S3 (703) 428-4730
  • 1st IO BN S4 (703) 428-4408
  • 1st IO BN HHD (703) 428-4307
  • 1st IO BN SHARP (703) 428-4319/4332

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Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment (HHD)

HHD Mission
Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment (HHD) provides garrison Mission Command, Military Justice, administration, training and logistics in support of 1st Information Operations Battalion Soldiers and Family Members.

HHD Functions

  • Support the Commander’s leadership responsibilities for moral, welfare, and discipline
  • Taking care of Soldiers, Civilians, and Families
  • Family Readiness Group and BOSS
  • Command Maintenance Program

Information Operations Vulnerability Assessment Division (IOVAD)

IOVAD Mission
Assess U.S. Army, Joint, Department of Defense, and partnering federal agencies, Information Assurance, Network Defense, OPSEC, and Physical Security Policies, Procedures and Posture in order to mitigate risk of adversary exploitation and or attack.

Blue Team Mission

Blue Team conducts defensive Information Operations by identifying vulnerabilities across the full spectrum of Information Operations, making recommendations to mitigate those vulnerabilities, and assisting in corrective action.
Blue Teams work cooperatively with the unit in a pervasive manner with interviews, policy reviews, network scans, content monitoring and configuration reviews.

Red Team Mission

The Red Vulnerability Assessment Team conducts full spectrum information Operations assessments providing independent, interdisciplinary, capability based threat emulation, using both active and passive capabilities within a formal, time-bound tasking, using proper safeguards to expose and exploit IO vulnerabilities of friendly forces as a means to improve the security posture and readiness of DoD Components.

Army OPSEC Support Element (OSE) Capabilities

Army Protection Program Assessment (APPA)
The OSE plans and coordinates resources successful accomplishment of APPAs and synchronizes HQDA staff elements’ participation in the assessing to include Army G33, Office of the Provost Marshal General, Army CIO-G6, Office of Information Assurance and Compliance, and the 1st Information Operations Command. The HQDA and OSE elements are integrated into one team in order to ensure the successful accomplishment of each assessment. This holistic approach examines the entire Army Protection Program.

OPSEC Support Assessment (OSA)
The OSE member assesses the OPSEC posture of the organization being evaluated. By reviewing the organization's OPSEC SOP, OPSEC Plans, and policies, the OSE checks for compliance. Through passive observation, interviews, and open source research, we make a determination of the unit’s posture, and provide training and guidance where needed. Upon completion of the assessment, an assessment of the organization’s OPSEC program is provided to the commander.

Vulnerability Assessment Detachment (VAD) Support
The OSE provides support, when requested, to the VAD when friendly assessments or adversarial assessments require OPSEC evaluation.

Army OPSEC Program Manager / Officer Course (AOPMOC) Mobile Training Teams (MTT)
A three (3) day Level II certification course designed to train appointed OPSEC Officers, Program Managers and relevant personnel in administering the organization’s OPSEC Program and advising the Commander in OPSEC matters. Graduates will be able to develop and implement an OPSEC Program, IAW AR 530-1 and provide analysis and assessments to the commander, thereby integrating OPSEC into mission planning. The OSE has Mobile Training Teams (MTT) for onsite certification at the home unit’s or installation’s location, certifying multiple OPSEC Officers (30-35 personnel).

Useful Army OSE and OPSEC Links:

For information on training opportunities, including the Army OSE HQDA OPSEC Officer's Course, please visit the Army OSE Training Page.