1st IO Command Overview

General: Located at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, 1st IO Cmd is the Army’s only Active Duty Information Operations (IO) unit. A multi-component, brigade-level organization, it consists of a Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment (HHD) and two battalions. 1st IO Cmd’s mission is to provide IO support to the Army and other Military Forces through deployable IO support teams; IO planning, analysis, and reachback support; and specialized IO training. 1st IO Cmd is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command, and is under the Operational Control (OPCON) of the U.S. Army Cyber Command.

Originating Concept: The origins of 1st IO Cmd are directly tied to Army lessons learned from the 1991 Persian Gulf War regarding the need for an organization to provide Information Warfare/Command and Control Warfare (IW/C2W) support to Army commands.

LIWA: In late 1993 and early 1994 the INSCOM Commander, LTG Paul Menoher, developed the concept of the Land Information Warfare Activity (LIWA) as an internal INSCOM directorate. The directorate, was built "out-of-hide" and consisted of fewer than a dozen personnel. On 8 May 1995, HQDA activated LIWA as an operational Table of Distribution and Allowances (TDA) organization under the Command of USAINSCOM, with the mission to "provide IW/C2W operational support to land component and separate Army commands, AC/RC, to facilitate planning and execution of Information Operations."

1st IO Cmd Activation: On 28 October 2002 - HQDA activated 1st Information Operations Command (Land), assigning the command OPCON to HQDA G3/5/7 through the DAMO-OD, and ADCON to USAINSCOM. Since its inception, the command has endured a wide range of doctrinal and organizational changes. Overall, it has had a dynamic mission and has accordingly maintained itself as an adaptive organization.

OPCON to ARCYBER: On 2 February 2011, HQDA assigned the command OPCON to US Army Cyber Command (ARCC), with USAINSCOM retaining ADCON.

Brigade Commander COL Matthew J. Sheiffer

Commander Cruz COL Matthew J. Sheiffer is a 1997 distinguished military graduate of The College of William and Mary where he earned a BA in government and a license to teach high school social science in Virginia. He commissioned in the Armor Corps and was a M1A1 Tank Platoon Leader until his branch detail ended in 1999 and he transferred to the Quartermaster Corps.

As a Quartermaster, COL Sheiffer was a Platoon Leader and Battalion S1 in the Army’s first Stryker Brigade Combat Team and the Brigade S4 of 8th Personnel Command in Korea. He commanded Headquarters and Supply Company, 602d Aviation Support Battalion from 2003-2004.

In Jan 2003, the Army selected COL Sheiffer to serve as a West Point instructor. After command, he became a Foreign Area Officer with a specialty in the Middle East and North Africa in 2005 while completing a MA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia in 2006. He was then an instructor and later assistant professor of international relations and comparative politics in the Department of Social Science at the United States Military Academy.

In 2010, COL Sheiffer voluntarily branch transferred to information operations. He was the Division G5 Information Operations Planner and later Deputy Chief of Information Operations during 10th Mountain Division's deployment to Afghanistan from 2010-2011. He then served as an Operations Officer in the Army G-3/5/7 Cyberspace Operations and Information Operations Division from 2012-2013 and later Chief of Information Operations from 2014-2015. After his Pentagon tour, COL Sheiffer was the Chief of Information Operations for the 4th Infantry Division from 2015-2016 before commanding the 1st Information Operations Battalion from 2016-2018. COL Sheiffer’s broadening assignments during this time included serving as the Chief of Joint Readiness in the Army G-3/5/7 Readiness Division from 2013-2014 and Chief of Staff of the 4th Infantry Division mission command element in Germany in 2016. From 2018-2019, he completed a MS in National Security Strategy from the National War College before returning to the Pentagon from 2019-2020 to serve as a Deputy Directorate Chief of Staff and Strategic Narrative Team Lead for the Army COVID-19 Campaign Plan team. COL Sheiffer’s military decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (6), Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (5), Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Superior Unit Award (2), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2), Global War of Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal (2), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Army Staff Identification Badge, and Army Parachutist Badge. COL Sheiffer’s military training includes the Armor Officer Basic Course, Supply Management Officer Course, Mortuary Affairs Officers Course, Combined Logistics Captains Career Course, Combined Arms Staff School, Petroleum Officer’s Course, Information Operations Qualification Course, and Command and General Staff Officer Course.

Brigade CSM Lance R. Kachermeyer

Brigade CSM Kachermeyer CSM Lance R. Kachermeyer is from Dunkirk, New York. He entered active duty service in the United States Army on 28 September 1998 in Buffalo, New York.

CSM Kachermeyer currently serves as the Command Sergeant Major for the 1st Information Operations Command. His previous assignments were Command Sergeant Major, 524th Military Intelligence Battalion, 501st Military Intelligence Brigade (Theater); S3 Operations Sergeant Major, 66th Military Intelligence Brigade (Theater); First Sergeant for C Company, 229th MI BN, DLIFLC; First Sergeant D Troop (Military Intelligence), Regimental Engineer Squadron, 2d Cavalry Regiment; First Sergeant, Rear Detachment, Field Artillery Squadron, 2d Cavalry Regiment; First Sergeant, Military Intelligence Troop, Field Artillery Squadron, 2d Cavalry Regiment; Detachment Sergeant, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, and Operations NCO, 902d Military Intelligence Group, Fort George G. Meade, MD; CJ2 Current Operations Night NCOIC, ISAF Joint Command, Kabul, Afghanistan (OEF 10); Intelligence Sergeant (OEF 7), Headquarters and Headquarters Company and Infantry Squad Leader and Infantry Team Leader (Kosovo 3B), A Company, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry, 10th Mountain Division (Light), Fort Drum, NY; Team Leader, Machine Gunner, and Automatic Rifleman (Multinational Force and Observers and Kosovo 1), A Company, 2d Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC.

CSM Kachermeyer has completed multiple levels of professional military education including Sergeants Major Course – Non-Resident 44, Commander and First Sergeant Course, Commander and NCOIC Rear Detachment Course, Senior Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Basic Leaders Course, Airborne School, Counterintelligence Special Agent Course, Intelligence Analyst Advanced Individual Training and Infantryman One Station Unit Training. He has an Associate’s Degree in Individual Studies from Jefferson Community College, Watertown, NY, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College, Albany, NY.

CSM Kachermeyer’s awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (3 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (3 OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Development Ribbon (Numeral 5), Kosovo Campaign Medal (2 Service Stars), Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Multinational Force and Observers Campaign Medal, Expert Infantryman Badge and Parachutist Badge. He is an honorary member of the Field Artillery Order of Saint Barbara and a recipient of the Military Intelligence Corps’ Knowlton Award.