1st MIBARS In Vietnam!

The Tactical Imagery Interpretation Facility

MIBARS' Workshop: The "TIIF" Complex

Specialized Tools for a Specialized Mission


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Above: Interior work area of "B" Detachment's Tactical Imagery Interpretation Facility complex in 1967

The AN/TSQ-43 Tactical Imagery Interpretation Facility (TIIF) and Its Support Vans

Photo Credit: Bob Crowell, "B" Detachment, Delivery Platoon, 1966-1968

Photo Credit: John Ripper, "B" Detachment, Imagery Interpretation Section, 1968

The Tactical Imagery Interpretation Facility, or TIIF, was at the center of 1st MIBARS imagery interpretation role.  "B" Detachment's TIIF was parked in parallel with two vans and connected at the rear by a site-built wooden structure that protected the entries of the three vehicles from the weather and facilitated easy access between the vans.  While the TIIF held the special equipment needed to process aerial imagery and transmit written reports, the adjacent vans offered additional work and storage space.  "B" Detachment also utilized a scrounged "Conex box," an approximately 7-foot square steel container, with full-size doors on one end, originally used to transport cargo by via ship, for film storage.  Above, Left: "B" Detachment troopers, center in white tee-shirts, framing the deck for the site-built enclosure that connected the cargo-door entries of the three vans.  Above, Right: the Imagery Interpretation Section's TIIF complex in 1968.

About The Men Who Ran The TIIF

Left:  Job description summary statement for a Warrant Officer in the US Army, Military Intelligence Corps, qualified as an Imagery Intelligence Technician, Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) classification 350D.

Citation Credit: usmilitary.about.com

Right:  Job description summary statements for enlisted personnel in the US Army, Military Intelligence Corps, qualified as an Imagery Analyst, Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) classification 96D.

Citation Credit:  us-army-info.com

Photo Credit: MIV

Left: This is "B" Detachment's overall Imagery Interpretation Section facility as it existed on the I Corps Compound in 1966-1967.

Right: Rear view of the imagery interpretation facility showing the connecting structure that was built on-site to increase work space and afford more operational flexibility.  Additions such as this were typical of accommodations made by military units in Vietnam to improve their effectiveness and comfort.  Space was always at a premium since the vans were often stacked with scores of film canisters and rolls of photographic strip prints.

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Imagery Interpretation Section MAIN PAGE

The TIIF: A Closer Look

Evaluating Aerial Reconnaissance Imagery I

Evaluating Aerial Reconnaissance Imagery II

Lessons Learned In Rocket City

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