Following a dozen years of inactivation, the 160th Signal Brigade was reactivated 16 October 2003 in Kuwait to provide battle-command communications and manage the Army’s first effort to implement C4 (Command, Communications, Control, and Computers) network capabilities in a modern-day combat environment. On 2 February 2009, the HHC of the 160th Signal Brigade was awarded a Meritorious Unit Commendation (MUC) for its service between 22 July 2004 and 21 July 2005 in providing a full suite of communications services not only for Army units, but also for Joint and Combined operations.

The Brigade earned another in 2013 for its role in facilitating the drawdown of United States Armed Forces in the Iraq Joint Area of Operations between September 2010 and September 2011. Serving as the main communication hub in the United States Central Command Theater, the Brigade maintained a network that allowed critical U.S. government officials to communicate securely and quickly at a time of high-paced operations.

Approved in November 1968 when the Brigade was designated the 160th Signal Group, the 160th Signal Brigade unit crest (Distinctive Unit Insignia) features a semi-dragon that is an emblem of the unit’s extensive combat service in Vietnam on an orange background; orange is one of the Signal Corps’ official colors. Two black wings with fleur-de-li stand for the unit’s service in France and Germany during World War II, while the red lightning flashes represent combat communications. “Finest of the First,” the unit motto, is emblazoned at the top of the crest.

Customers purchasing this unit crest might also consider picking up the 160th Signal Brigade Shoulder Sleeve Insignia (unit patch) or the 160th Signal Brigade Combat Service Identification Badge, or CSIB. The CSIB is authorized for wear on the Army Service Uniform and other dress uniforms, while the unit patch is worn on the Army Combat Uniform.

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