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3rd Signal Brigade

The 3rd Signal Brigade was inactivated in April 2008 as part of the transformation of III Corps and the US Army as a whole to the modular force structure.

The mission of the 3rd Signal Brigade was to, on order, deploy to a theater of operations, provide command and control communications to the III Corps , and redeploy. The unit was tasked with: Installing, Operating, and Maintaining (IOM) the communications network for III Corps; being prepared to deploy in support of world wide contingency missions; providing viable, effective family support to soldiers, civilians, and their families; assisting in training "Reserve Component" Signal Battalions; and supporting the Fort Hood Installation Mission Area (IMA) functions and facilities (DOIM). Although the Brigade was mainly tactical, it also operated Fort Hood's computer system, complete with e-mail capabilities and secure communications. Any information pertaining to the Fort Hood server ultimately went through the 1114th Signal Battalion.

The 3rd Signal Brigade consited of a Headquarters and Headquarters Company, the 16th Signal Battalion, the 57th Signal Battalion, the 1114th Signal Battalion (Fort Hood's Directorate of Information Management), and the 313th Signal Company, a separate tactical unit. Since the Brigade's mission was so vast, both stateside and overseas deployments were common. The Brigade deployed elements internationally to Bosnia, Korea, Panama, and Saudi Arabia. It deployed elements domestically to Fort Carson, Colorado; Fort Bliss, Texas; and Fort Irwin, California.

The 3rd Signal Brigade was first constituted on 16 September 1979 in the Regular Army as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Signal Brigade, and activated at Fort Hood, Texas. The activation was concurrent with the inactivation of the 1st Signal Group at Fort Hood. Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Signal Brigade commanded and controlled the 16th, 54th and 57th Signal Battalions. On 16 April 1989, the Brigade inactivated the 54th Signal Battalion and began a total reconfiguration for the fielding on new Mobile Subscriber Equipment (MSE) which culminated with the Commander's Acceptance Field Training Exercise in November 1989. The Brigade subsequently included its Headquarters and Headquarters Company, the 16th Signal Battalion, the 57th Signal Battalion, and the 1114th Signal Battalion (Fort Hood Directorate of Information Management).

On 27 September 1990, the 57th Signal Battalion and elements of the Headquarters and Headquarters Company 3rd Signal Brigade were deployed to Southwest Asia where they were attached to the 35th Signal Brigade (Corps) (Airborne), XVIII Airborne Corps in support of the Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. In April 1991, the 57th Signal Battalion and all other 3rd Signal Brigade assets were released from attachment and returned to Fort Hood, Texas.

The demands of the technological age on the Signal Corps were strong. In order to keep up, the 3rd Signal Brigade fielded new higher capacity telecommunication systems, first in the 16th Signal Battalion and then in the 57th Signal Battalion in 2001.




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