2013-09-27 / Community Events

Signal Corps support crucial to mission success

By Capt. Sara Behr
1st BCT, 34th Infantry Div.

Lt. Col. J. D. Calidonna, signal officer, 34th Division, deployed to Italy in World War II is quoted as saying, “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 Corps today has vastly evolved from its role in World War II. From hand delivering messages to reporting on enemy locations, the Signal Corps played a vital role in communication and intelligence. Also known as “commo” short for communication, the Signal Corps’ role is vital to ensure communication is maintained, but it’s not as physical as it was 60 years ago.

Exercising good judgment is crucial to the signalmen’s role, the large role in what the commo section does today is trouble shoot all communication problems ranging from phone, computer, radio; anything used to communicate.

Chief Warrant Officer Dale Wippler, the commo section officer-in-charge on Camp Army Life Support Area, 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.”

The Army is able to use smaller units knowing they can use communication to call for reinforcements.

“You can talk about us, but you can’t talk without us,” said Sgt. 1st Class David Wright, communication section noncommissioned officer-in-charge.

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