U.S. ARMY 160TH SIGNAL BRIGADE PATCH

The 160th Signal Brigade was activated as the 160th Signal Group in 1963, but would not be deployed to Vietnam until early 1967. When it arrived, both the 69th and 44th Signal Battalions were assigned to the Group (the 44th had been organized from assets of the 69th); the 69th was responsible for signal support for the Saigon area, while the 44th provided communications support for the massive U.S. military complex at Long Bihn and the HQ of U.S. Army, Vietnam; the 44th was also responsible for cryptologistic support for the entire country.

The 160th was soon augmented with the 40th Signal Construction Battalion, in charge of cable construction and support. It was also given command of the Southeast Asia Pictorial Center, which provided audio-visual capabilities for units lacking them and provided backup services for those major field forces that had organic AV units. The unit was also placed in command of the Southeast Asia Signal School that had opened in June 1966.

In all, the 160th Signal Group received credit for participation in fourteen of the seventeen named Army campaigns of the Vietnam War.

The 160th Signal Brigade Shoulder Sleeve Insignia, or unit patch, was approved fifteen months after the unit’s designation was changed to its current title; the same design is used for its Combat Service Identification Badge. Customers interested in this unit patch might also want to purchase the 160th Signal Brigade Distinctive Unit Insignia, or unit crest, which features the unit motto of “Finest of the First.”
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