By Lt. Col. Adam Jackson
Military Intelligence Readiness Command
Brig. Gen. Joseph F. Dziezynski assumed command of the Army Reserve’s Military Intelligence Readiness Command (MIRC) in a ceremony, June 5 at Fort Belvoir’s John S. Mosby Army Reserve Center.
Lt. Gen. Jody J. Daniels, the 34th Chief of Army Reserve and the 9th Commanding General, U.S. Army Reserve Command, hosted the ceremony.
“Any time I have the opportunity to participate in a ceremony that recognizes one of our outstanding leaders is a great day,” Daniels said during her ceremony remarks. “And today I have the privilege of welcoming [Dziezynski] as the new commander of the Army Reserve’s Military Intelligence Readiness Command.”
Dziezynski’s assumption of command held special significance to the incoming commander. The official date of his orders dated June 1, 2021 happens to be exactly 30 years to the day he graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Dziezynski assumed command of the MIRC after serving as the deputy commanding general of U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) since February 2019. Dziezynski taking this assignment was sort of a homecoming for him having served in several MIRC units as the battalion and group commander with the 2400 Military Intelligence Group (MIG). He also served as the brigade commander of the U.S. Army Reserve Element (ARE) Central Command (CENTCOM) in Tampa, Florida and as the commander of the 259th Expeditionary MI Brigade at Joint Base Lewis McCord, WA (JBLM).
“I am also excited to be back with the MIRC Team. It is truly an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to lead an organization where I have served and grown as a leader,” Dziezynski said during his ceremony remarks.
Dziezynski brings a wealth of strategic, technical and tactical experience to his new position having served in all three Army components (Active duty, Army National Guard and Army Reserve) in support of various combatant commands and national intelligence agencies.
“With three master’s degrees – aerospace engineering, MBA, and strategic studies – combined with decades of experience in the military intelligence field, [Dziezynski] has the technical foundation and the strategic depth to lead this command into the future,” Daniels said.
Dziezynski is ready to face the challenges that lie ahead for the MIRC and is confident the MIRC Soldiers and civilians will be up for the mission.
“Today, everything old is new again as our nation and our Army prepare to face new threats in this era of great power competition,” Dziezynski said.
“While threats and technology have changed, what has not changed is the Soldiers of the MIRC,” Dziezynski said. “The citizen-Soldiers of the MIRC have proven time and again, in garrison and in combat, that their selfless service, dedication to duty, and mastery of their intelligence tradecraft are second to none. I know we will continue to uphold and build on this legacy and stand ready to fight and win wherever and whenever our nation calls.”
It was also sort of mini MIRC reunion for several general officers in attendance both virtually and in-person. Many of them previously held command positions within the MIRC. In attendance were Lt. Gen. Jody J. Daniels, the 34th Chief of Army Reserve and the 9th Commanding General, United States Army Reserve Command and former MIRC Training Support Command brigade commander; Maj. Gen. Kate Leahy, Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence (IMA), Office, Deputy Chief of Staff, G2, former MIRC Training Support Command brigade commander; Brig. Gen. Dustin Shultz, Deputy Chief of Staff, G3/5/7 (IMA), Office of the Chief of Army Reserve, former MIRC 505th Military Intelligence brigade commander; Brig. Gen. David P. Warshaw, Director, Operational Analysis Department (IMA), Defense Threat Reduction Agency and former CENTCOM Joint Intelligence Center, Army Reserve Element ARE commander; and Brig. Gen. Terri Borras, Deputy Commander, Southern European Task Force Africa (SETAF-AF), the previous MIRC commanding general.
The MIRC provides deployable forces and vital support that enable intelligence operations, expeditionary missions, and international engagement. Formed in 2005 as the U.S. Army Reserve’s first functional command, the MIRC has provided operational intelligence support to nearly every national intelligence agency and combatant command while simultaneously conducting multi-discipline intelligence operations in support of Army service component commands and worldwide contingency operations.