7th Signal Brigade
The mission of the 7th Signal Brigade is, as a forward based strategic and deployable tactical extension of the Global Information Grid, to engineer, install, operate, maintain, and protect secure C2 communications to enable theater, joint, and combined forces across the full spectrum of military operations to include United States Army Europe (USAREUR), European Command (EUCOM), Central Command (CENTCOM), and NATO missions.
Previously, the mission of the 7th Signal Brigade maintained a combat ready, forward deployed signal force to engineer, install, operate, maintain and manage echelons above corps tactical command, control and communications systems in support of assigned United States Army, Europe, European Command and NATO missions. The Brigade worked and trained constantly to remain on the cutting edge of signal technology, and prided itself on the digital network it had built and maintained. That network brought multi-channel radios, tropospheric systems and tactical satellite systems together to provide deployable battlefield communications for units of United States Army, Europe.
The 7th Signal Brigade was first constituted on 15 February 1970 in the Regular Army as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 7th Signal Brigade and was activated on 24 February 1970 in Germany. The 7th Signal Brigade was formed from elements of the Seventh US Army Communications Command and assigned the mission of providing tactical communications support for the United States Army Europe and the Seventh US Army. In June 1975, the Brigade came under the operational control of 5th Signal Command and all USAREUR communications-electronics staff functions were absorbed by the 5th Signal Command. On 1 October 1981, the 7th Signal Brigade was permanently assigned to 5th Signal Command.
In the 26 years following its activation, the Brigade participated in well over 100 major exercises. The 7th Signal Brigade had a major role providing communications support during the Iranian crisis, Operation Proven Force, Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and Operation Support Hope in Rwanda. The Brigaded supported Operation Joint Endeavor in the Former Republic of Yugoslavia and Task Force Able Sentry in Macedonia. The 7th Signal Brigade also provided communications support to contingencies including Operation Provide Comfort in Turkey, Joint Task Force Provide Promise and Operation Lofty View in Croatia, and Operation Deny Flight in Italy.
After 2001, the Brigade was fully engaged in supporting the Global War on Terrorism. Headquarters and Headquarters Comapny, 7th Signal Brigade and its subordinate units were awarded a meritorious unit commendation for their service in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Brigade and its subordinate units supported the mission by providing critical battle command to combatant commanders by engineering, installing, managing and controlling a large and diverse expeditionary and operational-based communications network from Baghdad to Southern Kuwait. The 44th Signal Battalion deployed in support of the Southern European Task Force (SETAF) for Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. The 72nd Signal Battalion deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom 05-07 and the 44th Signal Battalion was preparing to deploy to Operation Iraqi Freedom 07-09 in October 2006.
The 7th Signal Brigade transitioned to a Tactical Theater Signal Brigade on 27 October 2006. As part of continuing restructuring of US forces in Europe, it was announced on 1 March 2013 that the 7th Signal Brigade along with the 72nd Signal Battalion would be inactivated during 2014.
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