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112th Signal Battalion (Special Operations) (Airborne)

The 112th Signal Battalion (Special Operations) (Airborne) provides a full range of communications linkage capabilities for deployed special operations forces of USASOC and other special operations units.

Members of the 112th Special Operations Signal Battalion specialized in communication and force sustainment skills, employing innovative telecommunications technologies to provide Army Special Operations Task Force commanders with secure and nonsecure voice, data and video services. In their respective fields, signal and support Soldiers provide oversight of material distribution management, synchronization, and integrated material management of property accountability, maintenance management and logistics automation for deployed ARSOF. Communications expertise allows ARSOF to "shoot, move and communicate" on a continuous basis. Soldiers assigned to ARSOF units were taught to operate and maintain a vast array of unique equipment not normally used by their conventional counterparts. Soldiers assigned to these units were airborne qualified.

The 112th Signal Battalion (Special Operations) (Airborne) was first constituted on 14 July 1944 in the Army of the United States as the 512th Airborne Signal Company and activated in North Africa. The 512th Airborne Signal Company supported special operations and airborne operations of the Allied Airborne Task Force in World War II. It was credited with combat assaults by glider and parachute into Southern France and Northern Italy. From these operations came its motto, in Italian, "Penetra Le Tembre," or "Penetrate the Darkness." The unit supported the 1st Allied Airborne Army during Operation "Market Garden," and was assigned to XVIII Airborne Corps during the sweep across Germany and the occupation of Berlin. The unit participated in 5 campaigns in total during the Second World War: Rome-Arno; Southern France (streamer with arrowhead indicating participation in the initial assault); Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; and Central Europe. It was disbanded on 10 February 1945 in France.

The unit was reconstituted on 5 April 1945 in the Army of the United States. It was concurrently consolidated with the 112th Airborne Army Signal Battalion (first constituted on 15 January 1945 in the Army of the United States and activated on 10 February 1945 in France) and the consolidated unit designated as the 112th Airborne Army Signal Battalion. The Battalion was inactivated on 12 December 1945 at Camp Patrick Henry, Virginia.

The Battalion was redesignated on 17 September 1986 as the 112th Signal Battalion, allotted to the Regular Army, and activated at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The 112th Signal Battalion had been activated provisionally on 16 June 1986 prior to its formally activation. It was initially placed directly under the control of the US Army Special Operations Command (USASOC).

The 112th Signal Battalion proved its worth on missions from Saudi Arabia and Somalia to Panama and Haiti. The unit was credited with participation in the Liberation and Defense of Kuwait during Operation Desert Storm. In all of these operations, they provided a critical link in ensuring the timely communication of special operations units around the world during actual operations or training missions. As part of the realignment of support assets within the US Army Special Operations Command, the Battalion was placed under the command and control of the Special Operations Support Command (Airborne) (SOSCOM-A), a major subordinate command of USASOC, when it was activated in 1995.

After the events of 11 September 2001, the 112th Signal Battalion (Special Operations) (Airborne) deployed elements to both Afghanistan and Iraq in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The unit also deployed elements throughout the world in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

With the inactivation of the Special Operations Support Command (Airborne) in 2005, the unit was placed under the command and control of the Sustainment Brigade (Special Operations) (Airborne) (Provisional) and then became part of the 528th Sustainment Brigade (Special Operations) (Airborne) when that unit activated in 2009.

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