|On 15 December 1995 the 596th
Signal Company was activated and assigned to the 125th Forward
Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division
at Fort Riley Kansas. The 596th Signal Company is a Mobile
Subscriber Equipment (MSE) company. MSE is a digital
telecommunications system, which provides voice and data
Mission: The mission of the Area Signal
Company is to install, operate, and maintain a portion of the
division Mobile Subscriber Equipment (MSE) communications
system. The MSE Companies are the primary units to which
Signal Corps officers are assigned. The MSE communication
system is designed to provide the user with secure wire
and mobile telephone service, secure facsimile
communications, a secure packet data transmission media, and
combat net radio interface. It provides area coverage
utilizing a network of line of sight (LOS) multi-channel radios
tied to switching assemblages that are positioned throughout the
length and breadth of the battlefield.
|Major Equipment AN/TTC-47, 2-Radio
Access Units, AN/TRC-191, 2-Switching Group AN/TTC-47, 2-MSRT, 2-DAGR, 2-TA-1042, 2-GRC-229, 2-Fax, 2-VRC-89D. This unit is capable of
transporting 80,500 pounds of equipment with organic vehicles.
Structure: The Node Center is the backbone of the MSE network.
The Node Center consists of the Node Management Facility, Switching Shelter, and
Operations Group. The Node Center is usually located at or near a point of high elevation.
It provides the division with connectivity and switching capability. The Node Center can
accommodate 24 local wire subscribers and can interface with a variety of communications
equipment including GMF satellite, tropospheric scattering, and echelon above corps