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.

Assigned to Army Cyber Command: Department of the Army General Order 2021-04, dated 3 February 2021, directed the assignment of 1st Information Operations Command from INSCOM to US Army Cyber Command with an effective date of 1 October 2021.

Brigade Commander COL Ryan Keating

Brigade Commander COL Keating COL Ryan Keating was commissioned in 1997 as a Second Lieutenant in the Armor Branch, COL Keating served as tank platoon leader, scout platoon leader, Headquarters Troop Executive Officer, and Squadron assistant S-3 in 1st Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Ft. Carson, Colorado.

In 2001, he reported to Vilseck, Germany; completing assignments with 7th Army Training Command (7th ATC) and 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division (1ID). While in 1ID, he deployed to Kosovo in support of the NATO Kosovo Force and to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He served as assistant Brigade S-3 and Commander of B Company, 1-63 AR and Headquarters Company, 2-63 Armor.

From 2007 to 2010, COL Keating served as Company Tactical Officer and Brigade Executive Officer in the Brigade Tactical Department, United States Corps of Cadets (West Point). Subsequently, he was assigned to V Corps and deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as the Information Operations Planner for ISAF Joint Command (IJC). Upon return, COL Keating served as a Future Operations planner in HQ, United States Army Europe (USAREUR).

In 2014, COL Keating assumed responsibilities as the Executive Officer for the Army's only Active Duty Information Operations element, 1st Information Operations Command at Fort Belvoir, VA

From 2017 to 2022 he was stationed in Stuttgart, Germany where he served first as Special Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR) J39 Information Operations Chief followed by his most recent assignment as Chief of the USEUCOM J39 Information Operations and Special Activities Division.

COL Ryan Keating graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1997 where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in General Science. He also holds a Master's Degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University and a Master's in National Resource Strategy from National Defense University. He is married to the former Aura Lee Morrow and they have three children: Haley, Jake, and Colby.

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.