1st Information Operations Command

1st IO Battalion is the DoD's premier provider of information environment analytical, planning, assessment, and expeditionary support to the US and its allies in order to achieve and maintain information superiority.

Today and in the future, military operations will rely on trained and ready IO teams to provide commanders with a decisive advantage in the contested information environment. Each battalion detachment offers a distinct capability to advance IO planning, analysis, and operational support. These capabilities include conducting IO planning, analysis, open source research and developing tools to enhance IO professionals ability to provide accurate, timely, and comprehensive IO support.

1st IO Battalion is a cohesive unit and team providing world-class IO support to Army and Joint forces around the globe while developing the Army's next generation of IO professionals.

1st Battalion, 1st IO Command, is located at Fort Belvoir, VA,

1st Battalion Functions

  • Deploy IO Field Support Teams
  • Provide IO Field Support
  • Conduct Information Operations
  • Synchronize Information Related Capabilities
  • Conduct Open Source Research
  • CUSTODIA INDICIUM AUSUM Protection Information Exploitation.

    The black knight chess piece denotes Psychological Warfare, the red dragon denotes Information Warfare and the blue knights helm suggest protecting of the information domain.

    1st Battalion Points of Contact

  • BN CDR: (703)428-4707
  • BN CSM: (703)428-4704
  • HHD CDR: (703)428-4307
  • HHD 1SG: (703)428-4303
  • BN S1: (703)428-4987
  • BN S2: (703)428-5615
  • BN S3: (703)428-4488
  • BN SHARP: (703)428-4319/4332
  • Field Support Detachment (FSD)

    Field Support Detachment trains, prepares, and deploys Field Support Teams consititng of 1 to 5 members in order to provide IO planning capabilities globally

  • Provides FSTs tailored to Unit Requirements
  • Short Notice Deployment Ready
  • Analyzes the IE
  • Assists Units with IO Planning & Integration
  • Enhances IO Capabilities of Supported Units
  • Integrates Reachback Support
  • Reach-back Support Detachment (RSD)

    Reach-back Support Detachment provides CONUSbased analysis and planning support to deployed IO Field Support Teams & forward US elements to provide marked advantage in the operational environment. Detailed analysis of the information dimension Leveraging publicly available information (targetingsupport, indicators and warnings, overwatch)

  • Fused IO intelligence and planning products
  • Directed studies
  • Course of action / concept of support development IO-focused targeting support
  • Geospatial analysis and modeling
  • Mission Support Detachment (MSD)

    Mission Support Detachment combines open source research, training, and tools to develop solutions to analyze and support information operations planning.

  • Social Media and Online Information Environment (IE)
  • Baselines
  • Post-Operation reflections of the IE
  • Real-time monitoring & Force Protection of the Online IE
  • Sentiment Analysis characterization of the Online IE
  • Support to target development & option development
  • Battalion Command Team

    Battalion Commander LTC Jason M. Lingk

    Commander Bakke LTC Jason M. Lingk enlisted in the Wisconsin Army National Guard in February 1998 as an Infantryman. He began his active-duty service after graduating from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh with a B.S. in Political Science in 2003. After completing the Infantry Officer Basic Course, he was assigned to 1-14 Infantry Battalion, 1st Armor Division at Fort Riley, KS where he served as a Rifle Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer.

    Following his time at Fort Riley, Lieutenant Colonel Lingk attended the Maneuver Captains Career Course in 2007 and completed the Special Forces Qualification Course in 2009. As a Special Forces Officer, he was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) where he served as Detachment Commander of Operational Detachment - Alpha 5232, and an Assistant S-3. Post Detachment Command, Lieutenant Colonel Lingk was reassigned to Strategic Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Mons, Belgium where he served as a Political Military Officer in SHAPE’s Military Partnerships Directorate for NATO special relationship countries (GEO, RUS, URK).

    In 2014 Lieutenant Colonel Lingk attended the Command and General Staff Officer Course at Ft. Leavenworth, KS where he also earned a Master of Arts in Securities Studies from Kansas State University. The following year he was accepted into Functional Area 30, and began his career as an Information Operations Officer. In this capacity, he served as a Field Support Team Leader, Field Support Detachment Chief, and a Battalion Operations Officer while assigned to 1st IO Battalion, 1st IO Command at Fort Belvoir, VA. He was subsequently assigned to Special Operations Command - Europe in September of 2019 where he served as the Information Operations Branch Chief and Theater Special Operations Command J39. Lieutenant Colonel Lingk took command of 1st Information Operations Battalion on 18 May 2022.

    Lieutenant Colonel Lingk has completed deployments in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM (2005 and 2010); and Operation FREEDOM’S SENTINEL (2016). Additionally, while assigned to 5th SFG he led four separate Joint Combined Exchange Training and Counter Narco-terrorism events in Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, and Saudi Arabia. His military schooling includes Airborne School, Jumpmaster School, Ranger School, the Special Forces Qualification Course, and the Joint Combined Warfighting School. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (one OLC), Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal (one OLC), Army Commendation Medal (one OLC), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (one star), Iraq Campaign Medal (four stars), the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, the Special Forces Tab, the Ranger Tab, and Parachutist Badge.

    Lieutenant Colonel Lingk is married to the former Brittany Davidson of Overland Park, KS. They have three daughters: Rhylie, Averie, and Zoey.

    1st IO Battalion, Command Sergeant Major CSM Luis O. Perez

    1st BN Command  Sergeant Major CSM Luis O. Perez is from Miami, Florida. Upon completion of Basic and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma he was awarded the Military Occupational Specialty 93F (Field Artillery Meteorological Crewmember). His previous duty assignments include Field Artillery Meteorological Crewmember, Headquarters & Headquarters Battery (HHB) DIVARTY, 4th Infantry Division; Field Artillery Meteorological Repairer and Field Artillery Meteorological Section Chief, HHB DIVARTY, 1st Infantry Division; Field Artillery Meteorological Station Leader, Battalion (BN) Assistant Operations Sergeant, Brigade Liaison Officer and Platoon Sergeant, HHB, 5th BN, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment (FAR), 4th Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division; BN Intelligence Sergeant and Platoon Sergeant, HHB, 1st BN, 77th FAR, 172nd Infantry Brigade; Meteorological/Survey Observer Coach Trainer (OCT) and BN Operations Sergeant, Vampire OCT Team, Joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC); First Sergeant, Headquarters & Headquarters Company (HHC), Operations Group, JMRC; First Sergeant, HHB, 1st BN, 10th FAR, 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division; Operations Sergeant Major, Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) and Deputy Commandant, Master Sergeant Roy P. Benavidez Noncommissioned Officer Academy, WHINSEC; Student, Sergeants Major Course (Resident) Class 69; Command Group & Secretary of the General Staff (SGS) Operations Sergeant Major, Eighth United States Army.

    CSM Perez’s military and civilian education includes the Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course (Honor Graduate), Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course (Distinguished Leadership Awardee), Battle Staff Noncommissioned Officer Course, Company Commander/First Sergeants Course, Advanced Situational Awareness Course, Commandant Pre-Command Course, Common Faculty Development-Developer Course, Sergeants Major Course (Resident) Class 69, BN Pre- Command/Command Sergeants Major Course, Command Sergeants Major Development Program (Follow-On BN), Military Intelligence Pre-Command (BN) Course, FIRES Pre-Command Course, Army Information Operations Planners’ Course & Military Deception Planners’ Course. He earned an Associate of Arts Degree in General Studies as well as a Bachelor of Science Degree in Homeland Security from the University of Maryland University College. He earned a Master of Arts Degree with an Emphasis on International Relations from the University of Oklahoma and is the recipient of the 2014 University of Oklahoma Military Academic Achievement Award. He earned a Master of Arts Degree in Public Administration from the University of Texas-El Paso.

    CSM Perez’s awards and decorations include: the Meritorious Service Medal (3 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (1 Silver & 1 Bronze OLC), Army Achievement Medal (4 Bronze OLC), Valorous Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Citation, Army Superior Unit Award (2 Bronze OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (9th Award), National Defense Service Medal (1 Bronze Service Star), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal (1 BSS), Iraq Campaign Medal (1 Silver Service Star), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal (2 BSS), NATO Medal (1 BSS), Combat Action Badge, Basic Army Instructor Badge, Senior Army Instructor Badge, Driver and Mechanic Badge (Wheel), German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency (Leistungsabzeichen) in Gold, and the German Armed Forces Badge for Weapons Proficiency (Schützenschnur) in Gold. He is a recipient of the WHINSEC Junta (Partner Nation Advisory Board) International Military Medal, the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara, the Order of Saint Maurice (Legionnaire), the Order of Saint Martin, the Honorable Order of Saint Christopher, and the Order of the General Robert L. Eichelberger Distinguished Eighth Army Alumni. He is a member of the Sergeant Morales Club and the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.

    CSM Perez is married to the former Melanie Kuhn of Munich, Germany and has three children, Julien (21), Samantha (20) and Marisol (12).