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52nd Signal Battalion

The mission of the 52nd Signal Battalion is to engineer, install, operate and maintain forward based information systems, services and network operations that enable Joint, Interagency, Multinational, Army and Special Operations Forces. Specific tasks include: Providing command and control services; installing, operating, and maintaining C4 systems in the Battalion's area of responsibility; protecting the force; and providing sustainment.

Previously, the 52nd Signal Battalion had provided strategic and tactical command, control and computer support for Headquarters, US European Command (USEUCOM) and other Defense Department (DoD) activities. It also provided sustaining-base Information Mission Area (IMA) support, including automation, telecommunication, printing and publication and records management for Headquarters, 6th Area Support Group and all tenant units within the 6th Area Support Group's area of responsibility.

Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 52nd Signal Battalion was first constituted on 18 October 1927 in the Regular Army as the 52nd Signal Battalion. It was activated on 10 February 1941 at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. On 2 February 1942, the Battalion arrived in Australia, and subsequently worked its way through Dutch New Guinea, and eventually the Philippines before the end of the Second World War. The Battalion participated in a total of 4 campaigns during the war to include: Dutch New Guinea, Leyte, Luzon, and Southern Philippines. It was during these campaigns that the Battalion received the honor of being known as "MacAuthur's Own." The Battalion completed its service in the South Pacific and was inactivated in Korea on 25 January 1949.

On 1 August 1966, the Battalion was reactivated in Can Tho, Republic of Vietnam and assumed operational control of all area communications facilities in support of IV Corps and US Military Assistance Command - Vietnam Advisory Teams. Over the next 4 years, the 52nd Signal Battalion would participate in 12 separate campaigns throughout the Republic of Vietnam. In the fall of 1971, the Battalion began to stand down and was subsequently inactivated at Fort Lewis, Washington on 13 October 1971.

The unit was reactivated as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 52nd Signal Battalion on 1 July 1974 in Germany and assigned to 2nd Signal Group (subsequently redesignated 2nd Signal Brigade), 5th Signal Command.




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