PLACES: Signal battalion gains Alpha Company as 440th Tactical Installation and
Networking – Enhanced Company packs up for Arizona
2nd Lt. William Marsh
STEAD, Nev. – Sunday marked a bittersweet
day for the 422nd Expeditionary Signal Battalion as the battalion gained Alpha
Company from the Arizona Army Guard but concurrently saw its 440th Tactical
Installation and Networking-Enhanced Company deactivated within Nevada for its
near-future transfer and re-activation in the Grand Canyon State.
The Nevada activation ceremony of Alpha
Company took place at the Nevada Army Guard’s newly-acquired Camp Washoe, the
site where the company will be based. The facility was formerly the Naval
Operational Center at 4601 Cocoa Ave.
For the first time in battalion history, the
422nd’s Alpha, Bravo and Charlie companies are now based in Nevada. Alpha
Company has positions for 93 Soldiers; the 440th has positions for 153
Soldiers. The vast majority of Nevada 440th Soldiers laterally transferred into
Alpha Company and will not follow the 440th to Arizona.
Battalion commander Maj. Jason Rapp and Command
Sgt. Maj. Julio Guerrero presided over the ceremony and ensured proper
etiquette was provided to the 440th Company guidon that will be forwarded to
Arizona for the company’s reactivation in Arizona.
Capt. Brian Grevenkamp, commander of Alpha
Company, said the unit will continue its renowned professionalism at its new
location and continue to add to the company’s storied history.
The history of both the incoming and outgoing
companies was reviewed during the ceremony. The 440th TIN-E Signal Company can
trace its ties to the 422nd Signal Battalion for several decades.
In 1999, the 440th was established in Las
Vegas area to install and maintain special-purpose cable and fiber optic and
wire systems to provide continuous, secure communications for both military and
The 440th was subsequently transferred to
an Integrated Theater Signal Battalion in August 2006. The 440th returned to Nevada
for a brief stint in 2022 before moving to Arizona.
With its new consolidated structure, the
422nd now has the capability to expand its mission to support local communities
and the Army’s ongoing tactical network modernization, Rapp said.
“Every unit in the 422nd remains dedicated
to supporting the warfighter at all levels of command by providing assured
network communication in environments both at home and abroad,” Rapp said.