JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Washington — America’s First Corps hosted an activation ceremony for the 22d Corps Signal Brigade at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Nov. 22.
Lt. Gen. Xavier T. Brunson, I Corps commander, presided over the ceremony as Col. Charles D. Smith and Command Sgt. Maj. Lisa M. Gandy unfurled their unit colors and assumed command and responsibility of the newest corps asset.
“22d Corps Signal Brigade is going provide the Corps and our Army with great cyber security and upper TI (tactical internet) capability,” said Brunson. “This brigade will make us better and more ready for our mission.”
Comprised of approximately 500 Soldiers, 22d Corps Signal Brigade is assigned to United States Army Forces Command and aligned to I Corps. The brigade will execute missions, globally, with concentration in the Pacific theater. The unit is one of three Corps signal brigades in the U.S. Army, which were created to fill communication shortfalls and further enable mission command at the Corps level.
“The Eagle Brigade will achieve its mission of providing expeditionary signal capabilities and defend the unified network to provide decision dominance for the commander at the point of need,” said Smith.
The activation ceremony included a special re-patching segment as the 51st Expeditionary Signal Battalion reorganized as a subordinate unit to the new brigade. The battalion was previously aligned under the 35th Signal Brigade, Fort Bragg, N.C.
The 22nd Signal Brigade was constituted as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 22nd Signal Service Group on Nov. 14, 1945, in Mannheim, Germany. This is the fourth time the unit has activated in its 76-year history. On May 22, 2007, the 22nd Signal Brigade colors were furled, and the unit was last inactivated in Darmstadt, Germany.