302d Signal Battalion Mission Statement: Operate, maintain and defend Department of Defense Information Network (DoDIN) systems and facilities in support of the President, Secretary of Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staffs, Warfighting Combatant Commanders, other Federal Agencies, and extend network and mission command capabilities to the Warfighter.
ASA-Fort Detrick Mission Statement: Operate and maintain the DES, a dual STEP facility, TCF, MET and the Battalion SYSCON in order to provide and defend DoDIN and DISN access capabilities for the President, Secretary of Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Warfighting Combatant Commanders, the Military Services, and other Federal Agencies.
ASA-Fort Meade Mission Statement: Operate and maintain a dual Standardized Tactical Entry Point - Enhanced SATCOM Gateway (STEP-ESG) facility and Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) terminals providing defense of the DoD Information Networks (DoDIN) access for the Secretary of Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff, combatant commanders, the Military Services, and other Federal Agencies.
ASA-Camp Robert Mission Statement: Operate and maintain a Defense Teleport system, a Standardized Tactical Entry Point (STEP) facility, a Technical Control Facility (TCF), Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) terminals, Regional Hub Node (RHN) and manage the installation facilities in order to provide and defend DoD Information Networks (DoDIN) and Defense Information Systems Networks (DISN) for the President, Secretary of Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Warfighting Combatant Commanders, the military services, and other federal agencies.
ASA-Fort Bragg Mission Statement: Operate and maintain an Army Regional Hub Node (RHN) and DISN Core to provide and defend DoD Information Networks (DoDIN) access capabilities for the President, Secretary of Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Warfighting Combatant Commanders, the Military Services, and other Federal Agencies.
ASA-Fort Belvoir Mission Statement: Operate and maintain a Standardized Tactical Entry Point (STEP) facility, a dual MILSTAR Command Post Terminal (CPT), a Technical Control Facility (TCF), and Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) terminals in order to provide and defend DoD Information Networks (DoDIN) for the President, Secretary of Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Warfighting Combatant Commanders, the military services, and other Federal Agencies.
We are the 302d Signal Battalion, "Gateway To Freedom."
Constituted on 29 July 1921 in the Organized Reserves, the 302d Signal Battalion was organized and outfitted in January 1922 at New York, New York. After the United States entered World War II, the battalion was redesignated the 302d Signal Operation Battalion on 8 December 1942, and ordered into active military service on 23 February 1943 at Camp Swift, Texas under Fifth Headquarters, Special Troops, Third Army. The battalion arrived at Avonmout, England on 9 March 1944, and was assigned to First United States Army Group (FUSAG), which was later renamed 12th Army Group under General Omar Bradley. Between D-Day and VE Day, the battalion supported the Third Army and General Patton’s dash across France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany through five campaigns, receiving battle streamer credit for the Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, and Central Europe campaigns. The 302d was the first US Army signal battalion to occupy Heidelberg, Germany in support of 12th Army Group during the initial phase of occupation and was later deactivated on 1 June 1946. The battalion was redesignated the 302d Signal Heavy Construction Battalion on 8 January 1947, and activated in Louisville, Kentucky on 17 January 1947. The battalion later moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and remained there until 5 September 1950. The battalion was redesignated the 302d Signal Aviation Construction Battalion on 16 April 1951, and activated at Frederick, Maryland on 18 April 1951 and remained active there until 20 February 1963. The 302d Signal Battalion was reactivated on 14 July 1969 in Bangkok, Thailand and supported operations in Southeast Asia through 30 June 1971 as part of 29th Signal Group, US Army Strategic Communications Command. Following the fall of the Berlin Wall, the battalion was reactivated in Karlsruhe, Germany and assumed the missions of the 160th Signal Brigade. The battalion was awarded the national streamer for Cold War Engagement from the Federal Republic of Germany in 1994, and deactivated later that same year on 15 September 1994 in Stuttgart, Germany. The 302d Signal Battalion was reactivated on 16 October 2003 at Ft. Detrick, Maryland as part of the 21st Signal Brigade.
302d Signal Battalion Commander
LTC Scott MacDonald
LTC MacDonald received his Army commissions in the U.S. Army Signal Corps from the Army Officer Candidate School (OCS) in June 2002, holds a Bachelor of Science in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University and a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College.
LTC MacDonald’s previous assignments include J6, Joint Interagency Task Force-National Capitol Region (JIATF-NCR) (2017-present); J3, Joint Communications Unit (2014-2017), Fort Bragg, NC; Assistant Operations Officer, Joint Communications Unit (2010-2013), Fort Bragg, NC; Company Commander, 82nd Division Special Troops Battalion (2008-2010), Fort Bragg, ND; NETOPS Officer, 82nd Airborne Division G6 (2006-2008), Fort Bragg, NC; and Platoon Leader, Contingency Communications Platoon (CCP), 501st Signal Battalion, Fort Campbell, KY. He has had multiple deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan and Jordan.
LTC MacDonald assumed command of the 302d Signal Battalion, 21st Signal Brigade on June 28, 2019.
LTC MacDonald’s military education includes Officer Candidate School the Signal Officer Basic Course, the Signal Officer Advanced Course, Naval College of Command and Staff, Jumpmaster School, Air Assault School and Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape (SERE).
LTC MacDonald’s decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, 2 Oak Leaf Clusters (OLC), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (6 OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (2 OLC), Joint Meritorious Unit Award (2 OLC), Meritorious Unit Citation, Combat Action Badge, Expert Field Medical Badge, Master Parachutist Badge and the Air Assault Badge.
Command Sergeant Major 302d Signal Battalion
Command Sergeant Major Aubrey D. Russell, Jr.
CSM Russell joined the United States Army in November 1996 and attended Basic Combat Training (BCT) at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. After completing BCT, he attended Advanced Individual Training at Fort Gordon, Georgia where he obtained the MOS 31R, Multi-Channel transmission systems operator/Maintainer. His first duty assignment was Mannheim, Germany.
CSM Russell’s military assignments, include Mannheim, Germany; Fort Drum, New York; Suwon, South Korea; Dubois, Pennsylvania, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait; Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar; Fort Riley, Kansas; and Fort Bliss, Texas. His previous duty positions include the following: Multi-Channel Transmission Systems Operator, Door Gunner, Small Extension Switch Team Chief, Senior Patriot System Operator, Satellite/Microwave Operations Chief, Battlefield Spectrum Manager, Platoon Sergeant, US Army Recruiter, Brigade Future Plans NCOIC, Detachment Sergeant, and First Sergeant and Battalion CSM. CSM Russell has deployed eight times in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and other operations.
CSM Russell’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3rd Award), Army Commendation Medal (4th Award), Army Achievement Medal (5th Award), Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (4 Bronze Stars), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 5), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 5), NATO Medal, Meritorious Unit Award, Army Aviation Badge, Gold US Army Recruiting Badge W/three Sapphires, Norwegian Foot march badge, and the Gold German Schützenschnur award.
CSM Russell is a graduate of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, Class 68. CSM Russell also graduated from Excelsior College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts.
302d Signal Battalion Civilian Executive Officer
Mr. Lawrence Raville
Mr. Lawrence Raville is a native of northern New York, along the US-Canadian border. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant and graduated from the University of Dayton with a degree in Political Science and holds a Master’s degree in Education. He is also Program Management certified.
After graduation from the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Mr. Raville was stationed in Germany from 1986 to 1989. Following completion he was assigned to the 10th Mountain Division and served as the DIVARTY S-1, Battalion Fire Support Officer for the 1st Battalion 22d Infantry Regiment, completed Jungle School, commanded Alpha Battery 1st Battalion 7th Field Artillery, and was the S3 Air. He was then assigned as an ROTC instructor at the University of Pittsburgh from 1993-1996. He then moved on to the Combined Arms Center on Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where he attended Command and General Staff College and performed duties as a Command and Control Integration Officer. In 1999 he was assigned to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations G3, Washington, D.C. as a Force Modernization Officer. After 9/11, Mr. Raville served with the RAND Corporation as an Army Fellow where he co-authored a study on the Stryker Brigade Combat Team. In 2002, Mr. Raville went back to the Pentagon and served as the Chief, Analysis and Assessments Branch for the Deputy Chief of Staff for Programs G8 until his retirement from Active Duty in 2006, after more than 20 years as an Artillery and Force Management Officer.
Upon his retirement, Mr. Raville worked for SAIC with the Joint Chief of Staff and then with the Business Transformation Agency. In 2011, Mr. Raville became a DAC and served as a Program Manager at PEO-C3T for PM WIN-T with a portfolio consisting of five SATCOM systems.
Mr. Raville joined the 302d Signal Battalion as the Civilian Executive Officer in April 2019.