Intelligence Support Activity ISA Special Mission Unit / Tier-1 Task Force Orange Early Bronze Challenge Coin
This coin is 1 9/16 inches in diameter.
INTELLIGENCE SUPPORT ACTIVITY (ISA)
The United States Army Intelligence Support Activity (USAISA), frequently shortened to Intelligence Support Activity, or Mission Support Activity, nicknamed The Activity, the Army of Northern Virginia, or Office of Military Support is a United States Army Special Operations unit which serves as the intelligence gathering component of Joint Special Operations Command. The unit is often referred to within JSOC as Task Force Orange. Originally subordinated to the US Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM), it is one of the least known intelligence components of the United States military, tasked with collecting actionable intelligence during or prior to JSOC missions.
The Activity and its counterparts including 1st SFOD-D, DEVGRU, and the 24th Special Tactics Squadron, are the U.S. military's premier Tier 1 Special Mission Units, performing the most complex, classified, and dangerous missions as directed by the National Command Authority.
Under Joint Special Operations Command
Since 2005 onward, the ISA has not always operated under a two-worded Special Access Program (SAP) name (Grey Fox, Centra Spike, etc.). In 2009, the unit was referred to as INTREPID SPEAR, until this was revealed to have been leaked in an email to the Pentagon. In 2010 it was referred to as the United States Army Studies and Analysis Activity.
Elements of the former ISA assisted in intelligence collection and analysis operations prior to and during the 2 May 2011 U.S. Special Operations Forces mission which resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden. Elements of DEVGRU, along with the ISA, members of the CIA Special Activities Division, DIA, and the NSA combined to execute a raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan, which ultimately killed bin Laden and resulted in the deaths of several family members and associates.