July 16, 2012
The 261st Theater Tactical Signal Brigade (TTSB) provides command and control to assigned and attached units. The 261st Signal Brigade supervises the installation, operation, and maintenance of up to 16 NODES in the theater communications system excluding the division and corps systems.
The HHC, 261st Theater Tactical Signal Brigade is employed to command and control echelons above corps (EAC) tactical signal battalions, theater strategic organizations, and separate companies as required to support theater communications networks.
The 261st Signal Brigade began it's lineage in 1924 as the 261st Coast Artillery Battalion in the Delaware National Guard. The 261st was activated to federal service on 27 Jan 1941. Their mission was coastal defense operations during WWII. After the war, the 261st was returned to National Guard status and absorbed into the 198th and 21st Coast Artillery Regiments.
The modern 261st TTSB is a mobile force able to rapidly deploy, supporting both state and federal missions. The 261st Signal Brigade is currently federalized, managing communications in support of Operation: Iraqi Freedom.
198th Expeditionary Signal Battalion (ESB)
The 198th Signal Battalion provides command, control, and supervision of organic and assigned units. To provide nodal and extension communications support for the Combatant Commanders of unified or specified commands, Army Service Component Commanders (ASCC), or Joint Task Force/Joint Forces Land Component Commands (JTF/JFLCC).