135th Signal Battalion
The 135th Signal Battalion installs, operates and maintains a communication system in support of a Divison level function including command, control, intellegence, fire control, combat support, and combat service support.
The unit is tasked with providing communications support as required for combat operations and AFOR operations.
The community of St. Joseph helped the 135th Signal Battalion celebrate its 50 years in St. Joseph in April 1999. An estimated crowd of over 1,500 people came to the Mayes Memorial Armory to see a variety of static displays and meet a number people who were interested in the heritage of this great military organization. Pvt. Snuffy, the guard mascot was on hand to interact with the children and recruiters were available to talk about the benefits of joining the Missouri National Guard. The interactive "Go For It" program helped young people to explore a future in the Army National Guard. A static display of a Cobra AH-1 helicopter drew a crowd as well as some people were able to drive a Humvee around the 15 acre site. The Family Support Group was there all day to explain how family members can be involved in the unit. The group provided refreshments for the crowd.
Local area retailers donated merchandise used for drawings. Among the retailers were: Wal-Mart, AEC Family fitness, Kurtz Floral, Jolene's Briar Patch, Rod's Hallmark, Lowe's, Anderson Ford, Hobby Lobby, Peels Nail Service, J. Michaels, Family Hair Styles, Gordon Designs, Fantastic Sams and Belt Brewing Company. The local media including: KKJO Radio, Chancellor Media Corporation, St. Joseph News Press, Cablevision, and KQ-2 Television helped to get good coverage of this noteworthy event. Pfc. Nicole Rick helped children by making I.D. Tags. Over 100 children stood in line to get their tags which gave information pertaining to the child to help in identification in case of accidents.
Highlights of the ceremony included a proclamation by the governor, read by Rep. Charles W. Shields (28th District), and a proclamation by the City of St. Joseph read by Assistant Mayor David Jones. Benton High School, St. Joseph, provided a color guard for the event, while Maj. Gen. John D. Havens, adjutant general, spoke to the crowd. DISCOM Commander, Col. Michael Malone decorated the present commander, Lt. Col. Judith Moning with the Meritorious Service Medal and promoted a past commander Lt. Col. Marvin Pierson to colonel. Past commanders of the signal battalion present at the ceremony were: Lt. Col. Mark Hampton, Pierson, Col. Robert Bennett, and Col. Michael Malone.
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