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72nd Signal Battalion (Expeditionary)
72nd Signal Battalion

The mission of the 72nd Signal Battalion (Expeditionary) is to, on order, deploy, install, operate, maintain and defend communication nodes in support of Army and Joint Commanders to enable Command and Control of operational forces and facilitate the dissemination of Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance across the Battlespace. Specific tasks include: Deploying the force; protecting the force; providing sustainment; conducting command and control; engineering, installing, operating, maintaining and defending the Battalion network operations and security center; engineering, installing, operating, maintaining and defending the LandWarNet; and taking care of soldiers and families.

Previously, the 72nd Signal Battalion had provided command, control and communications supporting US Army Europe (USAREUR), US European Command (USEUCOM) and major subordinate commands across the spectrum of conflict.

The Battalion was first constituted on 8 May 1944 in the Army of the United States as the 3186th Signal Service Battalion. The Battalion was activated on 15 May 1944 at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. During the Second World War, the Battalion 3 campaigns: Rhineland, Central Europe, and the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. Its also recieved a fourth campaign streamer without inscription. After the Second World War the unit was redesignated on 30 June 1947 as the 72nd Signal Service Battalion. It was inactivated on 25 January 1950 in Japan.

The Battalion was redesignated on 7 June 1954 as Headquarters, 72nd Signal Battalion, and allotted to the Regular Army. It was activated on 15 July 1954 at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. It was reorganized and redesignated on 9 December 1957 as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 72nd Signal Battalion. It was inactivated on 1 October 1964 at Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

The Battalion was reactivated on 25 September 1965 in Germany. It was inactivated there on 13 November 1967 in Germany. It was reactivated on 1 January 1972 in Germany. The Battalion was assigned to the 7th Signal Brigade.

The Battalion was reorganized and redesignated on 15 January 2003 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 72nd Signal Battalion with its organic elements concurrently activated. The 72nd Signal Battalion subsequently deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom 05-07. While deployed, the Battalion's mission was to install, operate, maintain, and protect tactical communication assets and conduct operational base Network Operations across Iraq to enable Command and Control for Army/Joint/Coalition Commanders and facilitate C4I dissemination for the Warfighter across the Battlespace. The Battalion, on order, would conduct End of Mission as directed, place equipment into the Army reset program and redeploy to Germany.

In line with the transformation of the 7th Signal Battalion and its subordinate battalions, the effective date for the transition of the 72nd Signal Battalion to a Joint Network Node equipped Expeditionary Signal Battalion was 16 July 2007.

As part of continuing restructuring of US forces in Europe, it was announced on 1 March 2013 that the 72nd Signal Battalion would be inactivated during 2014.

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