MANNHEIM, Germany (Feb. 12, 2009) - The 44th Expeditionary Signal Battalion held an uncasing ceremony at the Benjamin Franklin Village Sports Arena to signify their official return from a 15-month deployment to Iraq.

The unit, as part of 11th Signal Brigade's Task Force Thunderbird, deployed last October and provided communications support to the Warfighters and coalition forces.

"We know that you endured much during your 15 long months serving in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom," said Brig. Gen. Jeffrey G. Smith, Jr., commanding general, 5th Signal Command (Theater). "The missions and responsibilities you shouldered are a testament to the flexibility, efficiency and great capabilities of the Army and the Signal Corps to the gathered Soldiers, Civilians and family members of the 'Outstanding' Battalion."

The uncasing ceremony was followed by a homecoming celebration at the BFV Bowling Alley and BFV Community Center.