The U.S. Army Protective Services Battalion (CID) is headquartered at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. The Battalion’s mission is to provide world-wide, executive-level protection to the Secretary of Defense, the Deputy Secretary of Defense, the Chairman and Vice Chairman, Joint Staff, the Secretary of the Army, the Chief of Staff of the Army, the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, their foreign counterparts on official visits to the United States and other Department of Defense High Risk Personnel as directed. Further, the Battalion provides executive level protection for Senior U.S. Army Commanders during war-time and contingency operations as directed.
The organization’s mission began when the 1st MP Det (CID) was given the mission of protecting the nations’ highest Department of Defense (DoD) civilian and military leaders in the late 1960s during heightened unrest caused by the Viet Nam War. In 1971, subsequent to the establishment of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (USACIDC) as a major Army command, the Protective Services Activity (PSA), USACIDC, was established within HQ USACIDC to manage DoD protective missions. During the build up to the 1991 Gulf War, the PSA (CID) was reorganized as the Protective Services Unit (PSU) (CID), as the PSU was continually assigned more protected “Principals” due to higher threat situations around the world. In October 2005, the unit was again reorganized as the Protective Services BN (CID), due to its ever increasing mission. In October 2007, the unit underwent its latest reorganization and became the U.S. Army Protective Services Battalion (CID).
In its most recent deployments, the Battalion deployed its agents to Baghdad, Iraq protecting senior U.S. State Department Ambassador level executives in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, 1 – III. The Battalion continues to deploy Personal Security Officers (PSO) protecting Senior Army Commanders in Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Today, the Battalion sends its CID Special Agents throughout the United States and around the world in furtherance of its continued mission protecting our nation’s highest civilian and military DoD leaders.
U.S. Army Protective Services Battalion (CID)
9049 Gunston Road, Bldg. 2101-A/B
Fort Belvoir, VA 22060
1SG Phone: 703-806-9358
Ops Phone: 703-806-0099/0258