1st Battalion Mission
O/O 1st IO Battalion synchronizes the application of specialized IO training, analytical and planning reach-back capabilities, and the employment of expeditionary IO Teams in support of Army and Joint Forces' information advantage.
1st Battalion Vision

1st IO Battalion is the DoD's premier provider of information environment analytical, planning, assessment, and expeditionary support to achieve and maintain information superiority for the US and its allies.
Our unit motto is "Custodia Indicium Ausum" which translates to Protection Information Exploitation

   -  The black knight chess piece denotes Psychological Warfare
   -  The red dragon denotes Information Warfare
   -  The blue knight helm denotes protection of the information domain

The Distinctive Unit Insignia for 1st Information Operations Battalion was approved in 2007.

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 operation 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 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 IO 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


  • Battalion Commander: (703) 428-4707
  • Battalion Deputy to the Commander: (703) 428-4702
  • Battalion Command Sergeant Major: (703) 428-4704
  • Battalion Executive Officer: (703) 428-4721
  • Battalion HHD Commander: (703) 428-4307
  • Battalion HHD First Sergeant: (703) 428-4303
  • Battalion S1: (703) 428-4987
  • Battalion S2: (703) 428-5615
  • Battalion S3: (703) 428-4488
  • Battalion SHARP: (703) 428-4319/4332

Battalion Commander LTC Jason M. Lingk

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 Shaun A.L. Fairley

Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Shaun A.L. Fairley enlisted in the United States Army in September 1998 as a 13E Fire Direction Specialist. He attended Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sill, OK.

During the course of his career, he has held numerous duty positions including: Battery Chart Operator, RTO, Fire Direction Computer, Fire Control Sergeant, Observer Controller, Battalion Digital Master Gunner, Chief Fire Control Sergeant, Battle Captain, Operations Sergeant and MOS 13D/R/T Professional Development NCO, First Sergeant, Battalion Operations noncommissioned officer, CORP G3 Fires SGM, CORP FWD CSM, CORP Tactical Sergeant Major and BDE OPS SGM.

CSM Fairley`s previous assignments include 3rd Battalion 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment -N.C; 3rd ACR- CO; 2ND Battalion 2nd Field Artillery – OK; 120th Infantry Brigade – TX; 4TH Battalion 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment – Germany; USASMA- TX; V Corp- KY; V Corp FWD- Poland. CSM Fairley’s Deployments consisting of Egypt, Iraq, and Afghanistan and the Baltics.

CSM Fairley`s military and civilian education and training includes. All levels of the Noncommissioned Officer Education System, Basic Airborne, Equal Opportunity Leader, Advance Field Artillery Data System, Combative, Antiterrorism Level II, Total Army Instructors Course, Mobile Retention Course, Battle Staff, Unit Prevention Leader, Precision Fires Course, Precision Strike Suite, and Jumpmaster Course and Pre-Command Course/ CSM Development Course. CSM Fairley holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Excelsior University.

CSM Fairley has three children Destiny (24), Ashauntee (20), and Samuel (8)