MSE adjunct satellite dish and camouflaged communications trucks.
Two Mobile Subscriber Equipment antenna trucks in the Iraqi desert.
As wave after wave of GIs departed ally states in Europe for the deserts of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, operations in the Gulf shifted into an offensive mode. The 93rd Signal Brigade sent 2500 Soldiers and 1700 items of equipment to this new theater. They would soon install and maintain an MSE network that spanned nearly 29,000 square miles. As the Army commenced Operation Desert Storm, the Signal Corps put Mobile Subscriber Equipment to work. Forward troops discovered they could remain in constant contact with all units in the field and command elements behind battle lines. Allied communications systems, in particular that of the British 1st Armored Division, were successfully integrated into Army infrastructure for the first time. MSE trucks were daisy-chained at 30-kilometer intervals along the line of the Army’s 3rd Armored Division advance, prompting Lieutenant General Frederick M. Franks, commander of the legendary Army VII Corps which led the assault on Baghdad, to remark that “the 3rd Armored Division had the best communications in the Corps.” MSE had proven its tactical value during a hugely important first assault.