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82nd Signal Battalion

In 2006 as part of the transformation of the entire 82nd Airborne Division to the US Army's new modular force structure, the 82nd Signal Battalion was inactivated. Its HHC, A, B, and C Companies were reflagged as the engineer components for the Brigade Special Troops Battalions, an integral component of the reorganized modular Brigade Combat Teams.

The 82nd Signal Battalion was first constituted on 1 July 1916 in the Enlisted Reserve Corps as a Signal Corps battalion. It was organized on 19 September 1917 at Camp Gordon, Georgia, as the 13th Reserve Field Signal Battalion.

The unit was called into active military service 5 October 1917 and was concurrently redesignated as the 307th Field Signal Battalion and assigned to the 82nd Division. During World War I the unit participated in the St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne, and Lorraine campaigns. This unit was demobilized on 22 May 1919 at Camp Morrison, Virginia.

It was reconstituted on 24 June 1921 in the Organized Reserves as the 82nd Signal Company and assigned to the 82nd Division (later redesignated as the 82d Airborne Division). It was organized in February 1922 at Macon, Georgia.

The unit was ordered into active military service on 25 March 1942 and reorganized at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana and reorganized and redesignated on 15 August 1942 as the 82nd Airborne Signal Company. During World War II the unit participated in the Sicily, Naples-Foggia, Normandy, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, and Central Europe campaigns. It participated in the first 4 as a member of the initial assault, earning campaign streamers with the arrowhead device.

It was withdrawn on 15 November 1948 from the Organized Reserve Corps and allotted to the Regular Army. The unit was reorganized and redesignated on 1 September 1957 as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 82nd Signal Battalion. Its organic elements constituted on 19 July 1957 and activated pm 1 September 1957 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Elements of the 82nd Signal Battalion supported the 82nd Airborne Division on its deployments in support of Operation Powerpack in the Dominican Republic in 1965, Operation Urgent Fury in Grenada in 1983, Operation Just Cause in Panama in 1989-1990, Operation Desert Shield in Saudi Arabia in 1990-1991, and Operation Desert Storm in Kuwait and Iraq in 1991.

Elements of the 82nd Signal Battalion accompanied the 82nd Airborne Division on its deployments to Iraq between 2003 and 2005 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

In 2006 as part of the transformation of the entire 82nd Airborne Division to the US Army's new modular force structure, the 307th Engineer Battalion was inactivated.




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