Approved nearly three months before the 311th Signal Command (Theater) was activated at Fort George G. Meade in June 1996, the unit’s Distinctive Unit Insignia (unit crest) features a silver arrow rising from an orange globe, recalling the Signal Corps branch colors of orange and white. The arrowhead’s direction indicates combat preparedness, as well as the transmission of data through satellites, while the globe is symbolic of the unit’s capability of virtual operations at any point in the world. As a theater command, the 311th truly is “The Theater Voice,” ensuring that all messages are heard or received by the appropriate units and personnel.

The 311th was originally formed as the 3112th Signal Service Battalion and activated on 1 February 1944. Despite being formed just fifteen months before the surrender of Germany in May 1945, the Battalion participated in five World War II campaigns: Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, and Central Europe. The Battalion was inactivated in Germany in December 1946.

After being reactivated in April 1952 in the Organized Reserve Corps (later the Army Reserve), the Battalion was reorganized and redesignated under its current designation in April 1954. Inactivated in 1963, the unit was “reborn” by being named a theater-level command in 1996, which is symbolized by the Phoenix bird found on the Command’s unit patch.

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