My first unit I was sent off to at the tender age of 18 was with the 304th Signal Battalion in S. Korea. The place was in the middle of nowhere (except for those who are originally from the village of Waegwon where I was stationed)….it was a stark reminder of how easy I had it in the cornfields of Indiana.
The 304th Signal Battalion is a theater-level, echelon above corps tactical signal unit, forward-deployed in the Republic of Korea. The unit provides tactical command and control communications support using Digital Group Multiplexing Assemblages, Tropospheric Radio Systems, Digital Switch Systems and associated communications equipment. Primary services offered by the battalion to its customers include tactical voice, telephone, data communications and message traffic support.
The 304th Signal Battalion’s mission is to provide tactical communications support as part of the theater integrated strategic-tactical network in support of United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command, United States Forces Korea, Eighth U.S. Army and non-DoD U.S. government organizations within our areas of responsibilities. The battalion’s goal is to provide quality, reliable communications support to the warfighter.
My second unit was with the 15th Military Intelligence Battalion over in West Fort Hood…still a part of the main base but, like Waegwon, in the middle of nowhere. Killeen and Copperas Cove were the 2 closest towns. My daughter was born at the Army hospital in 1988. Before she was born I lived in the barracks and there was an airfield right across from our quarters. Once in a while the thrust of the C130’s would shake our windows. And yes it was quite awesome…
My last active duty assignment was with the 6th Cavalary Battalion (Air Combat). We serviced Apache helicopters and yes, it was always awesome to watch them birds fly.
The 8th U.S. Army’s Multi-Functional Aviation Brigade (MFAB) was officially formed as the 2nd Aviation Brigade — 16 June 2005 marked the activation the 2nd Multi-Functional Aviation Brigade (MFAB). The newly consolidated aviation unit includes Apache Longbow attack helicopters, UH-60 Blackhawk utility helicopters, CH-47 Chinook medium lift helicopters and manages the Eighth Army C-12 Huron (fixed wing aircraft) detachment. The 8th U.S. Army aviation took a big step by transforming its brigades into multifunction aviation brigades when elements of the 17th Aviation Brigade consolidated with the 3-6 Attack Helicopter Battalion from the 6th Cavalry Brigade. The 6th Cavalry cased its colors, but the spirit lived on in each trooper who will carry it forward to the MFAB.