"ARLO Sections are located with the operational
elements of the 460th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing. This section
receives copies of fragmentary orders on all preplanned and immediate
air reconnaissance mission requests from ARMY units that are approved by
the Tactical Air Support Element (TASE-ARMY) and the Tactical Air
Control Center (TACC-AIR FORCE) and transmitted by the TACC to the 460th
Tactical Reconnaissance Wing (TRW) for implementation. The Senior
ARLO maintains liaison with Headquarters, 460th TRW, as well as other
Air Force, Marine, Naval, and Free World Military Forces (FWMF) units as
required. The primary function of the ARLO Section is to brief and
debrief Tactical Reconnaissance Air Crews. The ARLO also assists
in the training of Air Force personnel in aerial surveillance and
reconnaissance and identification of military activities on the
ground. In addition, the ARLO Section performs the entire
in-country Tactical Air Reconnaissance/artillery coordination effort for
the 460th TRW." From the
Republic of Vietnam Aerial
Reconnaissance Information Booklet, 1st MIBN (ARS),
1 September 1967.
Photo Credit: MIV
Above: An awards
ceremony held on the roof of the 1st MIBARS headquarters building in
Saigon, 1967, showing a color guard and members of the HHC
[headquarters and headquarters company] complement.
The individual in the light uniform, facing the first rank of troops, is
a United States Air Force (USAF) Officer. Therefore, it may be
assumed that these awards were given for accomplishment in imagery
interpretation operations or for liaison with the USAF in the production
or use of aerial imagery. This demonstrates the close working
relationship between 1st MIBARS and the Air Force's 460th TRW.
The 1st MIBARS received a Presidential Unit Citation for its work,
with this award being initiated by the USAF and forwarded up the
chain of command through USAF channels.