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17th Signal Battalion
17th Signal Battalion "We Lead the Way" As part of the restructuring of US forces in Europe and the transformation of the US Army as a whole, the 17th Signal Battalion cased its colors as part of an inactivation ceremony at Larson Barracks, Germany on 17 August 2006. The mission of the 17th Signal Battalion, "We Lead the Way," was to provide command and control communications to V Corps in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) central region or a tailored task force to support a regional conflict. The unit was constituted 1 November 1942 in the Army of the United States as the 17th Signal Operations Battalion. It was activated on 30 November 1942 at Camp Crowder, Missouri. During World War II, the unit participated in the campaigns in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennses-Alsace, and Central Europe. After returning from Europe after the Second World War, the Battalion was inactivated on 18 February 1946 at Camp Bowie, Texas. On 5 July 1950 the unit was redesignated as the 17th Signal Operation Battalion and activated in Germany. It was allotted on 15 December 1950 to the Regular Army. The Battalion was reorganized and redesignated 20 October 1953 as the 17th Signal Battalion. It was inactivated on 25 September 1965 in Germany. The Battalion was reactivated on 16 March 1981 in Germany. Company C, 17th Signal Battalion deployed in support of Operation Desert Shield and subsequently Operation Desert Storm, participating in the Defense of Saudi Arabia and the Liberation and Defense of Kuwait campaigns between 1990 and 1991. The Battalion deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom III, backing combat divisions that covered an area of 40,000 square kilometers, all without a single loss of life. Units ■HHC ■A Company ■B Company ■C Company Facilities ■Kitzingen, Germany

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Nov 12 2010 04:29:44:000PM

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