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41st Signal Battalion

The mission of the 41st Signal Battalion is to provide administrative, logistical, training and family readiness support to the 1st Signal Brigade Headquarters. It would also, on order, conduct and support Non-combatant Evacuation Operation (NEO), deploy to specified locations throughout the peninsula, conduct Base Security Force (BSF) operations, and sustain operations service and support during contingency and conflict.

Prior to a reorganization of the unit during the early 2000s, the 41st Signal Battalion had the responsibility of providing information management suport for units in the northern region of the Republic of Korea. The Commander of the 41st Signal Battalion was at that time the Regional Director of Information Management (R-DOIM) in the north. The R-DOIM was complemented with a civilian counterpart that was the Deputy Regional DOIM, and 2 Area DOIMs (at Camp Red Cloud and at Yongsan). DOIMs normally interfaced with a unit's Information Management Officer (IMO). An IMO would manage information management resources within his/her particular unit. DOIMs were there to support everyone within United States Forces Korea, Eighth US Army, Combined Forces Command, and the United Nations Command. There wes a similar structure in the southern portion of the Republic of Korea under the 36th Signal Battalion.

The 41st Signal Battalion at the time provided Information Centers in support of the Information Mission Area (IMA). There was an Information Center (IC) at Yongsan and another Information Center at Camp Red Cloud (CRC). Information Centers provided various services for Eighth US Army (EUSA), United States Forces Korea (USFK), Combined Forces Command (CFC), United Nations Command (UNC), and the Commander In Chief (CINC). One of the many functions that the Information Center performs was the processing of Trouble Call Requests (TCR) for the servicing of automation equipment from each unit's Information Management Officer (IMO). The unit also provided Computer Based Training (CBT), classrooms for units to conduct their own training, and network support. Information Centers were provided as a service by the 36th Signal Battalion in the southern portion of the Republic.

There were 2 companies within the 41st Signal Battalion that run Information Centers. The 201st Signal Company managed an Information Center at Yongsan and 552nd Signal Company managed an Information Center at Camp Red Cloud in Korea. Both Information Centers were sponsored by Eighth US Army and G6.

The Military Affiliate Radio System, or MARS, was a special service that the 41st Signal Battalion was proud to provide to soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen, and DoD civilians located within the Republic of Korea. MARS used volunteer radio operators across the United States to relay messages and phone calls for service members stationed in the Republic. MARS provided Marsgrams. MARSgrams were messages that were 50 words or less sent through volunteers to friends and family back home. Drop boxes for MARSgrams were located throughout the Republic for the soldier's convenience.

Armed Forces Korea Network, AFKN, was a television and radio service provided theater wide for the morale and welfare of members of the US Armed Forces. It also provided news and information to the military community. The 41st Signal Battalion supported AFKN's mission in the northern region. The 41st Signal Battalion ensured that the transmission signal was received by thousands of military and US government civilians working in the northern region of South Korea. AFKN was supported by the 36th Signal Battalion in the southern region.

The US Army Printing and Publications Command, Korea (USAPPCK) provided printing services for the CINC,UNC, CFC, USFK, EUSA, and their subordinate commands. USAPPCK was there for all services including Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. In the Printing Division, all work was produced on offset presses and duplicating machines. PPCK's large presses could print 28"x40" size sheets of paper (up to sixteen 8 x 11" pages at one pass through the press). After the sheets were printed on the offset presses, they were folded, collated, bound, and trimmed on high-speed folding, binding and cutting machines to complete the job in time to meet deadlines for exercises and other deployed military requirements. Publications Division support included: requisitioning, receiving, storing, distribution, and delivery of Command publications and blank forms. Administrative oversight for receipt and distribution of Department of the Army (DA) allotments of non-classified publications, to account holders and publishing of monthly Bulletin.

41st Signal Battalion provided telephone services to service men and women in the northern region of the Republic. The 275th Signal Company, 552nd Signal Company, and 362nd Signal Company support the telephone services mission of the 41st Signal Battalion. The Battalion's S3 and their staff coordinate the installation, management, and maintenance of phone lines in the northern region. The 36th Signal Battalion and its subordinate organizations had a similar mission in the south. 1st Signal Brigade, along with the 304th Signal Battalion and 307th Signal Battalion all functioned in unison with the 36th Signal Battalion and 41st Signal Battalion to provide dynamic communications and computer services to US Forces in Korea.

The Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment provided command and control, operational guidance, and administrative and logistical support to 41st Signal Battalion. It also operated the consolidated motor pool for the Battalion to include vehicles from HHC, brigade and 275th Signal Company Forward Area Support Team (FAST) North. The detachment was located on Camp Coiner in Seoul.

The 201st Signal Support Company was headquartered in Yongsan. It operated and maintained the Automatic Gateway Message System, Sensitive Information Command Center, Seoul and the Information Center. The AGMS operates and maintained a portion of 41st Signal Battalion's telecommunications system in the Republic of Korea in support of the United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command, US Forces Korea, Eighth US Army, Department of Defense and affiliated activities as directed by the lst Signal Brigade commander. The Yongsan Area Information Center provided consultant services for users and potential users of new automation technology, particularly in the areas of microcomputer, terminals and local area networks. It also provided user training in automatic data processing skills development and use of specific commercial software packages.

The 275th Signal Company, headquartered at Camp Coiner and with sites throughout the Yongsan area, operated and maintains telephone exchanges (including installation and maintenance of all military telephones) on Yongsan Main and South posts; Far East District Engineer Compound; Camps Market, Colbern, Page, Eagle, Long and K-16 Seoul Airbase. Additionally, 275th manned the Namsan Microwave Station, which was not only responsible for microwave relay, but also operated and maintained one of the primary Net Radio Interface stations for the northern portion of Korea. The company also operated and maintained all AFKN television and AM/FM transmission systems throughout their area of responsibility. The 275th also had responsibility for the Seoul Net Control/Pacific Gateway Military Affiliated Radio Station where they process over 4,000 MARSgrams and 100 phone patches monthly. The company also operated all Defense Communications System facilities in the eastern corridor in support of Camps Page, Long and Eagle. With the closing and transfer of a number of the facilities for which the Company had responsibility and their subsequent transfer to the authority of the Republic of Korea, the 275th Signal Company was inactivated as an element of the 41st Signal Battalion, with its remaining responsibilities passing to other signal units.

The 362nd Signal Company was located in Yongsan and was the largest strategic signal company in lst Signal Brigade. It operated and maintains all Army fixed Defense Communications Systems and base communication facilities in the Yongsan area, (exclusive of telephone systems) to include the US Embassy Carrier Microwave System. The 362nd also operated and maintained all Army fixed and tactical interface systems at the Wartime Command Post Theater Air Naval Ground Operations (TANGO) Center and the mobile alternate command post in support of United Nations Command, US Forces Korea and Eighth United States Army. There were 3 major facilities which make up 362nd Signal Company: Seoul Defense Communication System, Command Post TANGO and Mobile Communications Support Package, better known as the "Road Warrior." Another mission of 362nd was to operate and maintain 2 Hangul Telecommunications Centers and the Korean Intelligence Support System. The Company also maintained the Centers and Korean intelligence support systems. The Company maintained the Emergency Action Console in Command Center Seoul. With the reduction in US forces in Korea and the transfer of responsibilities to the Republic of Korea, the 362nd Signal Company was inactivated and its remaining responsibilities passed to other signal units.

The 552nd Signal Company, headquartered at Camp Red Cloud, provided communications and information management services to a wide variety of customers from the Demilitarized Zone to the outskirts of Seoul. The company provided strategic command and control communications in support of the United Nations Command, Military Armistice Commission, Joint Security Area, 2nd Infantry Division and many other tenant organizations within their geographical area. This translated to 400 miles of cable, 11,000 telephone instruments, 2,000 personal computers and 1,400 messages transmitted or received on any given day. The Company also operated the 2nd Infantry Division Information Center, which provided a variety of office automation and information management services. With the reduction in US forces in Korea and the transfer of responsibilities to the Republic of Korea, the 552nd Signal Company was inactivated and its remaining responsibilities passed to other signal units.

The 14th Signal Detachment provided theater-level direct support and general support communications security logistics and maintenance support to US Army forces, other military departments, U.S. government agencies, and allied forces. It was in charge of fixing all the secure communications systems for the US Forces in the Republic of Korea. In addition, it was responsible for operating the Army Theater Central Office of Record, conducting theater-wide re-certification training for cryptographic equipment technicians, special repair activity and limited maintenance.

On order, 251st Signal Detachment would transition to war to plan, assess, evaluate and reconstitute/rehabilitate damaged strategic signal facilities, equipment, systems and networks to provide emergency service in support of the mission. During armistice, 251st would provide overall project management, technical oversight, engineering, installation, quality assurance, acceptance and follow-on life cycle performance evaluation of signal systems, facilities and projects, all of which were a part of the Army strategic and sustaining base information architecture in support of USFK, Combined Forces Command, US Army Japan and Network Enterprise Technology Command/9th Signal Command. Additionally, the 251st would exercise final technical authority within theater over engineering and scientific aspects for design, applications, automation, test and installation of signal systems.

Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 41st Signal Battalion was first constituted on 8 January 1943 in the Army of the United States as the 41st Signal Construction Battalion. The Battalion was activated on 25 January 1943 at Camp Forrest, Tennessee. It was reorganized and redesignated on 14 May 1945 as the 41st Signal Light Construction Battalion and inactivated on 7 December 1945 in Germany.

The unit was redesignated on 20 October 1950 as the 41st Signal Construction Battalion and allotted to the Regular Army. It was reactivated on 13 November 1950 at Camp Rucker, Alabama. It was reorganized and redesignated on 29 October 1953 as the 41st Signal Battalion

After service in Vietnam, Companies A, B, C, and D were inactivated on 1 March 1970 in Vietnam. Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 41st Signal Battalion was inactivated on 27 February 1972 at Fort Lewis, Washington.

Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 41st Signal Battalion was redesignated on 1 July 1974 as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 41st Signal Battalion, and activated in Korea.

In October 2002, the newest chapter in the Brigade's history was recorded when 14th and 251st Signal Detachments were enacted to support the 1st Signal Brigade's overall mission. The 2 new detachments were assigned to the 41st Signal Battalion.




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