3. Duties and Responsibilities of the Signal Officer. Signal officers within a DISCOM have both staff
and unit responsibilities. The signal officer of a FSB or MSB serves as a member of the battalion staff
and also directs and supervises the unit's signal elements. The specific responsibilities of the signal
officer assigned to a FSB or MSB include:
a. Advising the battalion commander and staff on all signal support matters.
c. Preparing the signal estimate and signal annex.
d. Planning, coordinating, and supervising the installation, operation, and maintenance of the
battalion's single-channel radio and internal wire line communications.
e. Coordinating with the division signal battalion S3 and the assistant division signal officer for
access into the Mobile Subscriber Equipment (MSE) network.
f. Planning for and supervising the installation, operation and maintenance of all user-owned
terminal equipment (telephones, facsimile, and data terminals). Under MSE, the user has the
responsibility for connecting the terminal equipment to the J-1077distribution boxes or remote multiplex
g. Planning and supervising the installation, operation and maintenance of all mobile subscriber
h. Serving as the battalion COMSEC officer.
4. Summary. In this lesson, you learned the mission and organization of combat service support (CSS)
a. The DISCOM provides division-level CSS to all organic and attached elements of the
b. There are three types of DISCOM support:
(1) Unit support is provided to a designated unit or group of units.
(2) Area support is provided to all units located or passing through a given geographical area.
(3) Task support is provided by allocating a specific type and amount of a support unit's
capability to a supported unit for certain period of time.