35th Signal Brigade (Airborne)
The 35th Signal Brigade, Corps, Airborne, is the largest signal unit in the world, and the only Airborne Signal Brigade in existence.
The 35th Signal Brigade (Airborne) provides XVIII Airborne Corps worldwide, crisis response, rapidly deployable, force projection signal support, and rapid communications for Army, Joint, and Combined Operations, and operations other than war.
The unit provides responsive and reliable tactical communications ranging from battlefield phone access to worldwide satellite connectivity. The brigade provides electronic communications in support of 18th Airborne Corps contingency missions worldwide. For instance, a paratrooper from the 35th Signal Brigade can provide secure, reliable communications to the Pentagon or even the White House within 60 seconds of landing on this drop zone or anywhere else they happen to land in the world. Even as they approach the drop zone the XVIIIth Airborne Corps Commander can talk to other commanders or back to Ft. Bragg through communications installed by 35th Signal Brigade soldiers.
During the past decade, as of 2001, the 35th Signal Brigade had deployed in support of numerous operational missions such as Operation Golden Pheasant in Honduras, Just Cause in Panama, Desert Shield / Desert Storm, Restore Hope in Somalia, and, most recently, Uphold Democracy in Haiti. Each time, the brigade provided the corps commander and staff the critical command and control links that led to swift and decisive combat success. The "Airborne Lions of the Signal Corps" continue their tradition of successes and stand ready to deploy on short notice the key communications capability of our nation's contingency forces.
Originally activated in 1943 as the 931st Signal Battalion, the unit performed in the Central Burma and India-Burma Campaigns earning the Meritorious Unit Citation. The battalion was deactivated at the end of World War II, but in 1967 it was reactivated and designated the 35th Signal Group. The 35th Signal Group became the 35th Signal Brigade in 1979.
The brigade consists of the Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC), 35th Signal Brigade (Corps) (Airborne), the 50th Signal Battalion (Corps) (Forced Entry) (Airborne), the 51st Signal Battalion (Corps Area) (Airborne), the 327th Signal Battalion (Airborne), and the 514th Signal Company (Long Range Extension) (Airborne). Two National Guard battalions from South Carolina and Iowa are part of the brigade's total Army structure as well. With 2,600 active duty soldiers and almost 1,400 vehicles/major assemblages, it is one of the largest brigades on Fort Bragg.
Training missions are vital to the unit's continued success. Accordingly, the brigade routinely provides support for numerous exercises conducted in the United States and abroad. These missions have taken the brigade's soldiers to every corner of the United States and to more than a dozen countries around the world. At any given time, the brigade has elements deployed to multiple locations throughout the world.
A progressive organization, the 35th Signal Brigade constantly evolves to keep pace with changing missions and technological advances. The brigade is equipped with the Army's mobile subscriber equipment and associated " contingency packages. Coupled with satellite and tropospheric scatter transmission systems, the brigade has far greater reach and capabilities than at anytime in the past. Through its tri-service tactical switches (TRITAC) company and other unique assemblages, it is the most joint interoperable Army signal unit in the world.
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