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Signal Corps enables wartime victory

KUWAIT - Lt. Col. J D Calidonna, signal officer, 34th Infantry Division, deployed to Italy in World War II said, "Messengers have to be good to do their job properly They have to use a great deal of initiative and common sense in locating units to which they must deliver messages Because they work alone and have to cover much territory, sometimes in forward areas, they have to exercise enough intelligence to keep from being killed or captured In addition to all this, messengers must be able to report intelligently on what they have seen while making their runs"

The Signal Corp today has vastly evolved from its role in WWII From hand delivering messages to reporting on enemy locations, the Signal Corp played a vital role in communication and intelligence Today, the Signal, or "commo," role is still vital to ensure communication is maintained, but it's not as physical as it was 60 years ago

Exercising good judgment is still vital to the signalmen's role The largest aspect of today's commo mission is troubleshooting all communication problems ranging from phone, computer, radio and other forms of communication

Thanks to reliable communication, the US Army has more flexibility in using small units, which can now call for support as needed



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As Sgt. 1st Class David Wright, communication section non-commissioned officer in-charge, likes to say "You can talk about us, but you can't talk without us" You can also hear him asking those filing help desk tickets for a commo issue, "Did you turn it off and back on?"

On this deployment, Chief Warrant Officer Dale Wippler is the commo section officer-in-charge on Camp Army Life Support Area He agrees while the method of delivering communication has changed, the reliance upon communication has not "If we didn't have the communication capabilities we have today, the mission would fail We rely heavily on communication"

18 Feb, 2012
Story by Capt Sara Behr
Unit Public Affairs Representative
1st Brigade Combat Team,
34th Red Bull Infantry Division




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