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Signal Battalions Transfer Authority

LSA Anaconda, Balad, Iraq
-- Two Army signal battalions rang in the New Year by passing the responsibility of command and control of communications support during a transfer of authority ceremony here on Jan. 1.

The 29th Signal Battalion, from Fort Lewis, Wash., transferred authority to the 50th Signal Battalion from Fort Bragg, N.C., in a ceremony that honored the outgoing unit's accomplishments and welcomed the incoming unit.

The 29th Signal Battalion worked under "austere and adverse conditions" while it "faced 800 rocket and mortar attacks," said Lt. Col. Daniel R. Kestle, the 29th Signal Battalion commander.

The battalion supported hundreds of subscribers in several locations throughout Iraq, providing both voice and data communications during the past year.

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