Signal Corps – You’ve come a long way

By Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-6June 22, 2021

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We want to thank U.S. Army Chief of Staff, Gen. James C. McConville (link), the United States Army Center of Military History (link) and the 35th Signal Brigade (link)  for their acknowledgement of the 161st Signal Corps Birthday.

 Lt. Gen. John B. Morrison, U.S. Army Deputy Chief of Staff, G-6 marked the birthday with a video shout-out of his own (link). Read below who Lt. Gen. Morrison says are the true heroes behind the Signal Corps.

What do actor Tony Randall and radio storyteller, author and narrator of A Christmas Story, Jean Shepherd, have in common? They both served in the Signal Corps, where their ability and desire to communicate found a welcome home.

Communication is the heart of the Signal Corps.

Over the years, the Signal Corps has used a variety of technologies, from flags, telegraph wires and hot air balloons during the Civil War, to radios, networked computers, and satellite communications today. And it continues to develop, test, provide and manage communications and information systems for the command and control of joint and combined armed forces.

“[The Signal Corps] has always been on the cutting edge of where the Army is heading. As you look at the history of the Civil War, it was because of the telegraph you were able to extend armies across the entire country at a scale that had never been possible before -- along with having the Army synchronized,” Lt. Gen. Morrison said.

“It’s absolutely fascinating as you watch Union Army’s maneuver through the South from Virginia to Georgia. They were connected and were able to coordinate their movements because of the Signal regiment and the laying of the telegraph lines.” added Lt. Gen. Morrison.

The role of the U.S. Army Signal Corps is becoming even more indispensable today, says Sgt. Maj. Richard Knott. “We see increasingly aggressive near-peer adversaries who are competing with us on land, sea, air, space, and even cyberspace,” he said. “So to succeed and achieve victory, today’s Soldiers need to develop the technical skills necessary to automate, transmit, receive, and use voice and data information.”

As the Signal Corps continues to evolve, Morrison says what’s truly at the heart and foundation of communication belongs to the military’s greatest asset – its people.

“As I take a look at the Signal Regiment during my 35 years as part of this great institution, it always comes back to the people. They’re the ones that are the advocates for change; they’re the ones that are the innovators and they’re the ones that take technology and do something with it that no one else was thinking was possible.”


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