125th Signal Battalion
"Voice of Lightning"
In 2005, the 125th Signal Battalion was inactivated as part of the transformation of the 25th Infantry Division to the US Army's modular force structure.
The 125th Signal Battalion's mission was to deploy to a theater of operations to provide Command, Control, Communications, and Computer (C4) support for 25th Infantry Division (Light), USARHAW, and USARPAC or PACOM directed contingency headquarters. The 25th Infantry Division (Light) was fast paced with lots of training exercises and real-world commitments.
The 125th Signal Battalion was organized with a Headquarters and Headquarters Company and 3 line companies. It was equipped with Mobile Subscriber Equipment (MSE), multi-channel satellite terminals and single channel ground and airborne radio systems (SINCGARS).
The 25th Infantry Division (Light) was located at Schofield Barracks on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. The 125th Signal Battalion ws located about 5 miles north of Schofield Barracks at Helemano Military Reservation. Helemano was in the middle of lush pineapple fields and was just a few miles from the terrific beaches of the North Shore.
The 125th Signal Battalion traces its lineage and honors to General Order Number 53, Headquarters, Hawaii, dated 26 September 1941, which authorized the formation of the 25th Signal Company. The 25th Signal company was first organized on 1 October 1941 at Schofield Barracks, Territory of Hawaii, as an organic unit of the 25th Infantry Division, with a total strength of 132 men.
The 25th Signal Company remained at Schofield Barracks until the Japanese attack on 7 December 1941. The Company then sailed from Honolulu on 25 November 1942 to begin its participation in the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign. The Company participated in the battles of Guadalcanal, New Georgia Island, Vella La Vella Island, Arundel Island, and Luzon Island, and then went on to participate in the occupation of Japan, and later in the Korean War. On 1 February 1957, the 25th Signal Company was redesignated as the 125th Signal Company, and was later redesignated Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 125th Signal Battalion, with its organic elements concurrently constituted and activated.
In August of 1965, the Battalion was deployed to the Republic of Vietnam. Here the 125th Signal Battalion served with distinction as the voice of the 25th Infantry Division. The Battalion returned to Hawaii in July 1970, where troop strength was gradually reduced to zero. However, the name 125th Signal Battalion remained on the active rolls.
With the build up of the 25th Infantry Division in 1972, the 125th Signal Battalion was reactivated on 5 April 1972 at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. In October 1974, the Battalion relocated to the Helemano Military Reservation. In 1991, the Battalion and 25th Infantry Division fielded the Army's 2 newest tactical communications systems: the Mobile Subscriber Equipment (MSE) and the Single Channel Ground an Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS) to bring a new era of Command and Control to the modern battlefield.
In January of 1995 the "Voice of Lightning" was again called upon to support the 25th Infantry Division in the Republic of Haiti during Operation Uphold Democracy. The Battalion remained in Haiti until 6 April 1995 when the mission was taken over by the United Nations Mission in Haiti
In 2005, the 125th Signal Battalion was inactivated as part of the transformation of the 25th Infantry Division to the US Army's modular force structure. Following the inactivation, the signal elements were to be consolidated and restructured within other combat brigades. As part of the modular transformation, assets previously held at division level, but habitually assigned to the Division's brigades during operations were made organic to those brigades. At division level, signal elements were integrated into the Division Special Troops Battalion (and later the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 25th Infantry Division). At brigade level, signal elements were integrated into brigade special troops battalions, or in the case of Stryker Brigade Combat Teams, in the form of separate signal companies.
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