Welcome to the 66th MI Brigade

Updated: 9-Jul-2014

Command Group

Commander: Col Blake
Colonel Devon Blake is a 1995 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from West Point, a Master’s of Science in Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology, a Master’s of Education from the University of Virginia, and a graduate certificate from L’Institut des Hautes Études de Défense Nationale.
Colonel Blake served in a variety of command and staff positions. Her assignments include: Assistant S2, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division; Collection and Jamming Platoon Leader, 102nd Military Intelligence Battalion; Aerial Exploitation Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, and Battalion S2, 224th Military Intelligence Battalion; Regimental S2, 2-15th Field Artillery; Battalion S2, 5th Engineer Battalion (Combat)(Mechanized); Company Commander, 1st Engineer Brigade; Professional Military Ethic Education Officer, West Point; Brigade S2, 16th Military Police Brigade (Airborne); Intelligence and Counterinsurgency Officer, Joint Task Force 435 Forward J2; G2, 1st Theater Sustainment Command; Commander, 344th Military Intelligence Battalion; and Deputy Executive Officer to the Chief of Staff of the Army, Pentagon. In her most recent assignment, Colonel Blake attended the French Center for Higher Defense Studies and the Institute for Higher National Defense Studies, Politics of Defense track; she is the first American officer to attend both courses. Her deployments include tours in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Afghanistan, and Kuwait.

Colonel Blake is a graduate of the Military Intelligence Officer’s Basic Course, Engineer Captains Career Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Command and General Staff College, and the United States Army War College as a Fellow in Paris, France.

Colonel Blake’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Parachutist Badge, German Foreign Parachutist Badge (Bronze), German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (Gold), the Air Assault Badge, and the Army Staff Identification Badge. She is a recipient of the MI Corps’ Knowlton Award.

Commander: CSM Downs
Command Sergeant Major
Command Sergeant Major Tony R. Downs is a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in December 1990 as a 98GAD (Cryptologic Linguist, Modern Standard Arabic). He completed Basic Training at Ft Jackson, SC; Advance Individual Training at Goodfellow AFB, TX; Language Training at Monterey, CA; Basic Airborne Training at Ft Benning, GA.
CSM Downs has served in a variety of assignments which include 5th Special Forces Group Ft Campbell, KY where he served as a Team Sergeant for the Special Operations Team-Alpha, 1st BSTB, 504th PIR, 82nd Airborne Division where he served within the same company as the Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, and First Sergeant, 501st MI BDE where he served as the Operations Sergeant Major, his last assignment he served as the Command Sergeant Major of 719th MI BN Korea. He has deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with a total of 43 months served in both theaters of operation.

He holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College and is finishing his Master of Science in business from the University of Texas El Paso. His military education includes all levels of noncommissioned officer education system. He is a graduate from the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy Class 61.

CSM Downs' awards include Bronze Star (1 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (1 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (3 OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (3 OLC), Valorous Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Armed Forces Expeditionary Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal (3 CS), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (1 CS), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. Additionally, he has earned the coveted Master Parachutist Badge.