FORT STEWART, Ga. - The 123rd Division Signal Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division located at Fort Stewart, Georgia, wrapped up their 18-month Department of the Army and U.S. Forces Command tactical signal pilot program and deactivated May 31, 2018, at Marne Garden.
The pilot program's objective was to improved tactical signal capabilities, and provide uninterrupted mission command for units throughout the division.
"The focus was to organize the signal companies and train signal leaders to better support warfighter missions," said Capt. Jeremy L. Adams, battalion operations officer, 123rd DSB, 3rd ID. "As a division signal battalion, we brought companies together by developing training, ensuring proper validation of equipment and helping to build a signal structure amongst the division."
After 123rd DSB reactivated in 2016, the battalion assumed administrative control of 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team and 3rd Sustainment Brigade signal companies. In 2017, they assumed administrative control of 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team's signal company.
In the last eight months, the "Voice of the Rock" has supported 28 training events including two division Warfighter exercises and three Combat Training Center rotations.
The most recent training event was assisting 3rd ID's National Guard unit, 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, with their signal operations for an upcoming deployment at the Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, Louisiana April 28 through May 5.
"The 123rd DSB assisted and trained all aspects of signal operations, such as radios, servers, networks and cyber security," said Capt. Lepolia Wiggins III, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 123rd DSB, commander. "It was great being able to be there as a division asset."
The 123rd DSB originally consisted of 52 Soldiers, then merged with Division Signal and had more than 150 Soldiers.
Most of the Soldiers who were part of the 123rd DSB are staying within the Marne Division after deactivation.
"Even though we lose a formation, the expertise engineered by the Soldiers and leaders of the 123rd Division Signal Battalion lives across the division," said Col. Robert W. Marshall, commander, 3rd Infantry Division Artillery.