17th Signal Battalion (United States)

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17th Signal Battalion
17 Signal Battalion COA.svg
17th 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 USA
Branch Regular Army
Type Mobile Subscriber Equipment
Role Communications
Part of 22nd Signal Brigade
Garrison/HQ Kitzingen, Germany
Motto(s) FONS COMMUNICATIONES (Fountain of Communications)
Colors Orange and White
Engagements Normandy
Northern France
Rhineland
Ardennes-Alsace
Central Europe
Desert Storm
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Insignia
Distinctive Unit Insignia 17 Signal Battalion DUI.png

The 17th Signal Battalion of the United States Army was a MSE (Mobile Subscriber Equipment) equipped signal battalion based in Kitzingen, Germany (Larson Barracks). The battalion was one of three that made up the 22nd Signal Brigade, based in Darmstadt, Germany.

On order, 17th Signal Battalion rapidly deploys to provide signal support to V Corps in support of conventional or contingency operations.

The battalion was deactivated on 17 August 2006.

Subunits[edit]

  • HHC 17th Signal Battalion
  • Alpha Company MSE Area Support
  • Bravo Company MSE Area Support
  • Charlie Company MSE Area Support
  • Delta Company MSE Signal Support

History[edit]

The 17th Signal Battalion was activated in the Army of the United States on 30 November 1942 at Camp Crowder, Missouri. From its activation until 20 October 1943, the battalion participated in the Second Army maneuvers. On 1 November 1943, the battalion was assigned to Headquarters, U.S. First Army, station in Patchway, England where its primary mission was to provide communications for First Army Headquarters. The battalion was then deployed and participated in the World War II campaigns of Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, and Central Europe.

Following World War II, the 17th Signal Battalion was inactivated at Camp Bowie, Texas. The Battalion was reactivated on 5 July 1950 at Karlsruhe, Germany, and again inactivated on 25 September 1965.

On 16 March 1981, the battalion was reactivated under the 22nd Signal Brigade at McNair Kaserne, Höchst, Germany, and entrusted with the mission of providing command and control communications to the US V Corps Commanding General and subordinate units. Charlie Company 17th Signal was located on Gibbs Kaserne and supported the V Corps Emergency Action Center located on the Abrams Complex. This area came to be known as "The Patio". Eventually, Delta Company was formed and replaced Charlie Company at Gibbs while they rejoined the rest of the battalion in residence at McNair until they and other members of the battalion were deployed to Operation Desert Shield & Desert Storm. In December 1992, with Charlie Company having returned, the entire battalion moved to their new home on Larson Barracks in Kitzingen, Germany. In 1993, Bravo Company, 11th Air Defense Signal from Wurzburg merged into the Battalion to become 57th Company.

In recent years the battalion has participated in Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Deny Flight, Provide Hope and Joint Endeavor. In October 2002 the 17th Signal Battalion participated in Operation Internal Look and later deployed in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

The battalion was inactivated on 17 August 2006. The unit's final commander was LTC Glenn A. Kennedy II. In the end, the 17th Signal Battalion consisted of a Headquarters Company, 3 MSE Area Support Companies (Alpha, Bravo, & Charlie), and an MSE Signal Support Company (Delta).

Lineage[edit]

  • Constituted 1 November 1942 in the Army of the United States as the 17th Signal Operations Battalion
  • Activated 30 November 1942 at Camp Crowder, Missouri
  • Inactivated 18 February 1946 at Camp Bowie, Texas
  • Redesignated 5 July 1950 as the 17th Signal Operation Battalion and activated in Germany
  • Allotted 15 December 1950 to the Regular Army
  • Reorganized and redesignated 20 October 1953 as the 17th Signal Battalion
  • Inactivated 25 September 1965 in Germany
  • Activated 16 March 1981 in Germany
  • Inactivated 17 August 2006 in Germany

Honors[edit]

Campaign Participation Credit[edit]

  • World War II:
  1. Normandy
  2. Northern France
  3. Rhineland
  4. Ardennes-Alsace
  5. Central Europe
  • Southwest Asia:
  1. Defense of Saudi Arabia
  2. Liberation and Defense of Kuwait
  3. Cease-Fire
  4. Operation Enduring Freedom[citation needed]
  5. Operation Iraqi Freedom I[citation needed]
  6. Operation Iraqi Freedom III[citation needed]

Decorations[edit]

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Army Center of Military History document "17th Signal Battalion Lineage and Honors".

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