335th Theater Signal Command (United States)

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335th Signal Command (Theater)
Active Activated February, 1953 as the 335th Signal Group
Redesignated as 335th Signal Brigade, October, 1984
Redesignated 335th Signal Command August, 1986–present
Allegiance Federal
Branch Army Reserve
Type Theater Command
Role Signals
Part of United States Army Reserve Command
Nickname "The Mighty 335th"
Motto "Ready Lightning" "Dragon Soldier"
Colors Orange, White and Blue
Mascot None
Anniversaries Activated 1953 as the 335th Signal Group
Engagements Vietnam War
Desert Shield
Desert Storm
Operation Enduring Freedom
Operation Iraqi Freedom
MG Lawrence W. Brock III

The 335th Signal Command (Theater) is an operational Army Reserve force of more than 8,000 Active and Reserve Soldiers, providing Signal and Chemical units in direct support of 3rd Army/ARCENT in Southwest Asia, Army Reserve exercises and Homeland Defense missions throughout the U.S.

Embracing the motto, “Ready Lightning," The 335th Signal Command (Theater) is one of the Army’s four vital theater signal commands. The command has a unique structure, with nearly all of the Army Reserve's signal units and most of its chemical units.

The 335th Signal Command (Theater) has Army Reserve Signal and Chemical Soldiers assigned to units throughout the states of Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Ohio, Missouri, Texas, Arizona, Utah, Nevada and California.

Current leadership[edit]

  • Commander: Major General Lawrence W. Brock
  • Deputy Commander: Brigadier General Kaffia "Belle" Jones
  • Deputy Commander (Forward): Brigadier General Kemp
  • Chief of Staff: Colonel Lawrence Thoms
  • Command Sergeant Major: CSM Timothy J. Smith
  • Command Chaplain: vacant

Subordinate units during peacetime[edit]

  • Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 335th Signal Command (Theater); East Point, GA

Subordinate units during wartime[edit]

Campaign participation credit[edit]

Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom[edit]

Shortly after the 9/11 attacks, the 335th Theater Signal Command mobilized reservists and active Army personnel to Camp Doha, Kuwait. Unit move to Camp Afrijan in 2005.It continues to support both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom with an enduring presence in the USCENTCOM/USARCENT AOR.

Shoulder sleeve insignia[edit]

Shoulder Sleeve Insignia. Description: A dark blue vertical rectangle arched at top and bottom with a 18 inch (0.32 cm) white border, 2 14 inches (5.7 cm) in width and 3 inches (7.6 cm) in height overall having in base the polar section of an orange globe with white grid lines and issuant therefrom two white-edged orange flashes with points converging at top center. Symbolism: Orange and white are the colors associated with the Signal Corps. Dark blue signifies the atmosphere and the flashes and globe are symbolic of the unit's worldwide communication capability. The shoulder sleeve insignia was approved on 30 October 1985.

Distinctive Unit Insignia[edit]

Description: A gold color metal and enamel device 1 18 inches (2.9 cm) in height overall consisting of two quadrates conjoined with point up, the left quadrant of white, the right of black, surmounted by two orange lightning flashes chevronwise and extending above and below the quadrates; in base, a green open wreath of Live Oak, all above a semicircular gold scroll folded back at the base of each flash and inscribed, "READY LIGHTNING" in black letters, areas between quadrates and flashes at top and quadrates and Live Oak in base are pierced. Symbolism: The white and black quadrates and the lightning flashes symbolize the organization's day and night mission to direct and coordinate the operations, training, administration and logistics support of assigned and attached units. The Live Oak, the State Tree of Georgia and a symbol of ever-ready strength in reserve, also alludes to the organization's origin and home station at Atlanta, Georgia. Orange and white are colors used for the Signal Corps. The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved on 10 December 1971 for the 335th Signal Group. It was redesignated for the 335th Signal Brigade on 24 December 1984. The insignia was redesignated for the 335th Signal Command on 16 April 1986.

Past Commanders[edit]

Order Position Incumbent Start of Service End of Service Notable Service
1st Group Commander COL James F. Callahan Feb 1953 Mar 1956
2nd Group Commander COL Hodge W. Norman Mar 1956 Oct 1961
3rd Group Commander COL Daniel J. Scarborough Oct 1961 Dec 1963 Vietnam War
4th Group Commander COL Marvin M. Kilgro Dec 1963 Jul 1965 Vietnam War
N/A N/A Jul 1965 Oct 1971 Missing Information
5th Group Commander COL Marion A. Woodward Oct 1971 Feb 1972 Vietnam War
N/A N/A Feb 1972 Apr 1973 Missing Information
6th Group Commander COL Carlyle W. Woodruff Apr 1973 May 1974 Vietnam War
7th Group Commander COL Joseph E. Turner Jul 1977 Jun 1981
8th Group Commander COL Emory S. Mabry III Jun 1981 May 1984
9th Brigade Commander COL Tommy Bonds May 1984 Oct 1987
10th Commanding General MG John R. McWaters Oct 1987 Oct 1991
11th Commanding General MG Joseph E. Turner Oct 1991 Jul 1995
12th Commanding General MG Tommy W. Bonds Sr. Jul 1995 Nov 1997
13th Commanding General MG Thomas A. Wessels Nov 1997 Nov 2001 Operation Joint Guardian (KFOR), Operation Joint Forge (SFOR)
14th Commanding General MG Lowell "Rip" Detamore Nov 2001 11 Nov 2005 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
15th Commanding General MG Dennis E. Lutz 11 Nov 2005 12 Sept 2009 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
16th Commanding General MG Stuart M. Dyer 12 Sept 2009 Sept 2012 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
17th Commanding General MG Lawrence W. Brock III Sept 2012 Present Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)

See also[edit]


335th Theater Signal Command Websites as listed below in external links.

External links[edit]