25th Signal Battalion (United States)

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25th Signal Battalion
25 Signal Battalion COA.gif
25th Signal Battalion coat of arms
Active 30 November 1942 – 18 February 1946
5 July 1950 – 25 September 1965
16 March 1981 – 17 August 2006
Country  United States
Branch Regular Army
Type Long Lines
Role Communications
Garrison/HQ Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar, Currently deployed to Afghanistan
Motto Never Unprepared - Always Ready
Colors Orange and White
Engagements World War II
Cold War
Asiatic Pacific
Desert Shield
Desert Storm
Operation Enduring Freedom
Commanders
Commander

LTC Joseph A. Schafer

Jun 11, 2013 - Pres.
CSM

CSM Fritz U. Smith

Feb 1. 2014 - Pres.
Insignia
Distinctive Unit Insignia 25 Sig Bn DUI.jpg
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The 25th Signal Battalion of the United States Army was an equipped signal battalion. The battalion was one of three that made up the 35th Signal Brigade.

To maintain a forward-stationed theater signal battalion to Install, Operate, Maintain, and Protect (IOM&P) theater strategic and operational C4 systems to provide reliable and responsive operational communications in support of USCENTCOM Combatant, Coalition, Allied forces, and other U.S. government agencies across the Central and Southwest Asia Theater of operations. Facilitate integration of rotational forces and signal assets into the Theater Information Grid.

Subunits[edit]

History[edit]

The 25th Signal Battalion was constituted on 3 February 1944 and was activated on 14 April 1944 as a light signal construction battalion at Camp Forrest, Tennessee. On 26 June of the same year, the battalion was reorganized as a heavy signal construction battalion.

During World War II, the 25th served in Europe and the Far East and is one of the few units of its type to claim this distinction. The battalion earned three battle streamers for its participation in the Campaigns of Central Europe, Rhineland, and the Asiatic Pacific Theater. On 6 April 1946, the 25th Heavy Signal Construction Battalion was inactivated at Yokohama, Japan. The battalion was reactivated on 20 November 1951 and was designated as a signal construction battalion at Camp Edwards, Massachusetts. The unit aided with the restoration of communications lines in several New England states after destruction left by Hurricane Carol in 1954.

In the spring of 1956, the battalion was transferred to Europe in support of the 7th Army and in 1957 the unit installed in excess of 2,000 miles (3,200 km) of cable through the forests of Germany. Again, in 1966 the battalion was inactivated except for Charlie Company which was attached to the 440th Signal Battalion. Later, on 1 October 1968, C/25 was redesignated as the 541st Cable Construction Company thus completing the inactivation of the 25th Signal Battalion.

On 18 January 1971, the battalion was reactivated at Fort Bragg and designated the 25th Signal Battalion (Operation). At that time, the unit was one of four signal battalions within the 35th Signal Group. The unit’s mission was one of four signal battalions within the 35th Signal Group. The unit’s mission was to install, operate, and maintain a portion of the integrated signal communications systems within the theater Army Communications Zone.

On 16 March 1984, the battalion was reorganized as the 25th Signal Battalion (Corps Area). It was assigned the mission to assist the 35th Signal Brigade in its communications support of the XVIII Airborne Corps. The battalion consisted of four corps area signal centers plus a battalion headquarters and was capable of world wide message and voice switching with the tactical automated message and voice switching. The battalion provided the XVIII Airborne Corps with sustainment base communications for Operation Just Cause from December 1989 to March 1990 in addition to tasking its FM RETRANS assets for use in Panama. Less than one year later, the 25th Signal Battalion was participating in Operations Dessert Shield and Desert Storm in Southwest Asia. The battalion deployed all of its assets to Saudi Arabia except for the majority of A/25th, which was left at Fort Bragg to provide sustainment base communications. Soldiers from the 25th Signal Battalion supported the Southwest Asia Campaign from September 1990 to July 1991 installing part of the largest tactical network at that time.

From October 1991 through July 1992, the 25th Signal Battalion was responsible for supporting most of the XVII Airborne Corps’ communications missions while the other three battalions within the brigade underwent Mobile Subscriber Equipment (MSE) fielding. In March 1992, the 514th Signal Company (Light Troop) was attached to the 25th Signal Battalion. In August 1992, the battalion was called upon to deploy to southern Florida to aid in the recovery of the area after the destruction caused by Hurricane Andrew. The battalion provided key command and control communications to units assisting in the restoration of the area. It also provided soldiers to help with cleanup efforts and other humanitarian actions.

On 16 March 1993, the battalion received notification to inactivate with an effective date of 16 October 1993. Elements of the 25th Signal Battalion and 514th Signal Company remained after the inactivation and were reassigned to the 327th Signal Battalion under a new organizational concept supporting force protection warfare. Bravo Company of the 25th Signal Battalion was reflagged as Delta Company 327th.

On 1 September 2003 the 25th Signal Battalion Activation Ceremony was held. The Brigade Commander Colonel John M. Blaine III and Lieutenant Colonel Leith A. Benedict activated the battalion. On 16 October 2003, the battalion was officially activated by Headquarters Department of the Army, Permanent Orders Number 180-7. The mission of the Battalion will be to maintain a combat-ready, forward stationed Signal Battalion tasked to install, operate, maintain, protect strategic sustaining bases, and tactical C4I systems in support of USCENTCOM combatant and non-combatant forces, coalition allies and other US government agencies across the spectrum of conflict.

The 25th is currently deployed to Afghanistan as the primary source of signal support for all of OEF.

Lineage[edit]

Constituted 3 February 1944 in the Army of the United States as the 25th Signal Construction Battalion.

Activated 14 April 1944 at Camp Forrest, Tennessee, as the 25th Signal Light Construction Battalion.

Reorganized and redesignated 26 June 1944 as the 25th Signal Heavy Construction Battalion.

Inactivated 6 April 1946 in Japan.

Redesignated 20 November 1951 as the 25th Signal Construction Battalion and allotted to the Regular Army.

Activated 1 December 1951 at Camp Edwards, Massachusetts.

Reorganized and redesignated 20 October 1953 as the 25th Signal Battalion.

Inactivated 1 October 1968 in Germany.

Activated 18 January 1971 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Inactivated 15 October 1993 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment activated 16 October 2003 in Qatar.

Campaign participation credit[edit]

World War II: Rhineland; Central Europe; Asiatic-Pacific Theater, Streamer without inscription.

Southwest Asia: Defense of Saudi Arabia; Liberation and Defense of Kuwait.

War on Terrorism: Global War on Terrorism.

Decorations[edit]

  • Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army) for SOUTHWEST ASIA 1990–1991.
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered SOUTHWEST ASIA 2004–2005.

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Army Center of Military History document "25th Signal Battalion Lineage and Honors".

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