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May 31, 2013

After nearly 50 years, signal headquarters to relocate

Sgt. Matthew Burns (right) from the 269th Signal Company, 504th Signal Battalion, re-enlists in a hangar at Libby Army Airfield Jan. 22, 2002, moments before boarding a C-5 aircraft to deploy in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Capt. Paul Stanfill, 269th Sig. Co. commander, re-enlisted Burns, who signed up for five more years of service.

After nearly 50 years on Fort Huachuca, Headquarters and Headquarters, 11th Signal Brigade, is relocating.
On June 7, at 9 a.m. on Brown Parade Field, the 11th Signal Brigade will conduct its final change of command ceremony on post, case their unit colors, and prepare to move to Fort Hood, Texas.
Col. Patrick Dedham will relinquish command of the “Desert Thunderbirds” to Col. James Parks III. Parks’ first act as brigade commander will be to case the colors for the last time here, later unfurling them at Fort Hood, Texas. The 40th Expeditionary Signal Battalion will remain on Fort Huachuca.
The 11th Signal Group arrived on post Dec. 8, 1966, after relocating here from Fort Lewis, Wash. The unit was redesignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 11th Signal Brigade, on Oct. 1, 1979.
On Oct. 1, 2009, the 11th Sig. Bde. transferred command authority from the U. S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command and the 9th Army Signal Command on Fort Huachuca, to the U.S. Army Forces Command and III Corps at Fort Hood, Texas.

Soldiers from the 504th Signal Battalion board a C-5 aircraft at Libby Army Airfield Dec. 17, 2001. The 11th Signal Brigade Soldiers take on part of the communications mission in the war on terrorism.

On Feb. 18, the Department of Defense approved the relocation of the 11th Signal Brigade Headquarters from Fort Huachuca to Fort Hood, Texas. This force structure action will position 11th Signal Brigade Headquarters with their higher headquarters, III Corps. After arrival at the Texas installation, the unit will uncase its colors on June 26, signaling that repositioning of the unit at Fort Hood is complete.
Throughout its history, the 11th Sig. Bde., the most deployed signal unit in the Army, has experienced many farewells and reunions with Families, friends and fellow Soldiers. Members of the unit have deployed from Fort Huachuca to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Somalia, Egypt, Honduras, Korea, Cuba, Haiti, Afghanistan and Iraq. This past December, the 11th Sig. Bde., experienced its most recent return from a deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
The support from U. S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command and Fort Huachuca has enabled Soldiers to carry out Soldier training, deployments and reunions effectively and efficiently while the unit was located on the installation. Signal leaders say that both Fort Huachuca and the City of Sierra Vista will not be forgotten. The unit’s relationship with the two entities will be part of the unit’s history which will begin a new chapter with the 11th Sig. Bde.’s relocation at Fort Hood.

Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 11th Signal Brigade, arrive at Libby Army Airfield Dec. 10, 2012, after an 11-month deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

 

The headquarters building as it looks today. The 40th Expeditionary Signal Battalion will remain here at Fort Huachuca and will move into the building once the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 11th Signal Brigade departs on June 7.

 

Lt. Col Reynolds, commander of the 67th Signal Battalion and the first aircraft, joins Col. Charles Daves, commander, 15th Signal Brigade, and Maj. Gen. Peter Kind commander, U.S. Army Signal Corps and Fort Gordon, Ga., in greeting Maj. Mokrycki and the rest of the battalion as they deplane at Bush Field in Augusta, Ga., on June 8, 1991 The 11th Signal Brigade remained the parent unit of the battalion throughout Operations Desert Shield/Storm until the unit returned to their home station at Fort Gordon. The combat patch worn by the battalion Soldiers who served in Saudi Arabia is the Thunderbird patch worn by the 11th Signal Brigade.

 

On Jan. 11, 1995, Soldiers watch as the floor is poured for the new brigade headquarters building on Fort Huachuca.

 

The 11th Signal Brigade Soldiers have occupied their current headquarters building for nearly 18 years.

 

Those assembled at Libby Army Airfield Saturday say their final goodbyes to the last few Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 11th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade, before they board the contract airplane headed for Afghanistan Jan. 7, 2012.

 




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