160th Signal Brigade (Strategic)
The 160th Signal Brigade was activated at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait on September 3, 2003.
The 160th has a history reaching back as far as World War II. The unit was originally activated March 6, 1945, as the 3160th Signal Services Battalion. Though deactivated only two years later, the unit has gone through several different incarnations in Germany, Texas and Vietnam. Currently the unit has two battalions: the 25th Signal Battalion and the 54th Signal Battalion. The resident signal company at Camp Doha, Kuwait, the 385th Signal Company, is also under 160th's operational control. The brigade is headquartered at Camp Arifjan, but has assets throughout the theater of operations.
The stand-up of the 160th began as OIF was getting underway. The initial cadre began arriving in late spring, continuing through late summer, with the majority of the military personnel arriving in August. The task of creating a new brigade during wartime operations was not the only hurdle faced by the 160th in its formation.
As the communications sites in both OEF and OIF receive stabilization communications equipment, the 160th will assume network management control and will have the 'operate and maintain' mission for the fixed-site communications infrastructure throughout the theater.
The symbolism of the shoulder insignia is orange and white are the colors associated with the Signal Corps, and the color blue refers to the unit's capability to support the combat mission. The yellow flashes are an allusion to the basic mission of the organization and along with the globe, denoting the worldwide scope of the unit's mission, they indicate the unit's affiliation with the US Army Communications Command.
The distinctive unit insignia is a gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a gold oriental semi-dragon, facing to the left, on an orange wedge shape, with point in base, all between a pair of black wings conjoined, each wing charged with a gold fleur-de-lis, and each flanked with a red lightning flash, all below an arched gold scroll inscribed in red letters "FINEST OF THE FIRST."
Orange is a color used by Signal units. The wings charged with two fleurs-de-lis allude to service in the Rhineland and Central Europe. The red lightning flashes symbolize the Meritorious Commendation awarded in World War II, that citation being scarlet. The oriental semi-dragon symbolizes the combat readiness of the unit in the Far East.
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