230th Signal Battalion
The 230th Signal Battalion is a Tennessee Army National Guard Echelon Above Corps signal unit primarily tasked to provide Telephone Communications to Theater level Command and Control organizations. It is sometimes called "Ma Bell on Wheels." The 230th Signal Battalion effectively combines the technical challenge of Military Tele-Communications with the relaxed atmosphere of a National Guard organization.
The 230th Signal Battalion was constituted 24 February 1959 in the Tennessee Army National Guard as the 230th Signal Battalion and assigned to the 30th Armored Division. Organized 1 March 1959 from existing units in western Tennessee with Headquarters at Jackson. Headquarters and Headquarters Company reorganized and redesignated 1 November 1973 as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 230th Signal Battalion, and relieved from assignment to the 30th Armored Division; location concurrently changed to Humboldt (remainder of 230th Signal Battalion - hereafter separate lineages). Reorganized and redesignated 1 April 1980 in the North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia Army National Guard as the 230th Signal Battalion with Headquarters at Humboldt, Tennessee. Reorganized 16 April 1993 in the North Carolina and Tennessee Army National Guard.
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved on 2 Oct 1967. It was amended to revise the symbolism to accurately reflect historic events on 18 Aug 1981. It consists of a shield blazoned: Per bend Azure and Gules, a bendlet wavy Argent between four fleurs-de-lis in base and, issuing from chief, a lightning bolt bendwise all Gold. Attached below the shield a motto scroll inscribed "WE SOUND THE CALL" in black letters. The color yellow refers to the unit's original assignment to the 30th Armored Division. The wavy bendlet denotes overseas duty and the two divisions of the shield are used to signify World Wars I and II. The four fleurs-de-lis allude to service in Europe where four awards were earned by elements of the organization during those wars. The lightning bolt is symbolic of speed and direct action, thus signifying efficiency of signal communications.
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