311th Signal changes command

| July 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

Liana Mayo
311th Signal Command Public Affairs

Lt. Gen. Benjamin Mixon, left, commander, U.S. Army-Pacific, passes the 311th Signal Command colors to Col. William Scott, incoming commander, Friday, at Fort Shafter. (Capt. Donald Vacanti | 311th Signal Command)FORT SHAFTER — Col. William Scott assumed command of the 311th Theater Signal Command from outgoing commander, Brig. Gen. Alan Lynn, during an official ceremony at historic Palm Circle, here, Friday.

The 311th is the designated signal command for Army Service Component Commands within the Pacific and Korean theaters. Its mission to build, maintain and defend a robust LandWarNet and provide tactical signal support in the Pacific theater ensures that information services, systems and communications are provided throughout the Pacific region under any conditions. 

“Thank you for providing me the opportunity to join this team and command these American Soldiers,” said Scott. “Gen. Lynn and Brook, together you’ve built a strong, capable and proud team. Rest assured that (my wife) Paula and I will continue to lead it with the care, dedication and pride that you’ve both given.” 

According to Lt. Gen. Benjamin Mixon, commander, U.S. Army-Pacific, Scott is “extremely” qualified for his assignment. His experience includes a variety of command and staff positions, like serving as chief of staff for the U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command and director of the LandWarNet/Battle Command Directorate, Army G-3/5/7, at the Pentagon. 

As commander of the 160th Signal Bde. during Operation Iraqi and Enduring Freedom, he also led more than 3,000 Soldiers and civilians and provided network capabilities throughout Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Qatar and Kazakhstan. 

“How exciting it is to be joining this vital and dynamic theater, the incredible USARPAC team, and this great Hawaiian community, at this important time in our nation’s history,” Scott said. “This is a theater that has fully embraced the amazing operational potential and opportunities of network technologies and information sharing … it is a tremendous honor to be able to serve and lead with you here.”

A short award ceremony at the Palm Circle Gazebo honored the accomplishments and service of Lynn, whose passing of command came on his last day on the island, before moving to Fort Gordon, Ga., to accept his next assignment as the commander of the U.S. Army Signal Center. 

“Many of Alan’s most important contributions will have impact far into the future,” Mixon said. “He increased opportunities for collaboration while enhancing network capabilities and forging strong ties with fellow ‘signaleers’ from not only fellow members of the Department of Defense, but also our allied militaries.”

During Lynn’s tenure with the 311th, he coordinated and focused the command’s energy during a period of incredible transformation that ranged from the implementation of enterprise signal advances on the network, to the deployment of the 307th Integrated Theater Signal Battalion to Afghanistan, Mixon said.

“You and your Soldiers have performed superbly while conducting a broad spectrum of simultaneous operations to support deployment, sustainment, redeployment and refitting of Army-Pacific units, as well as the highly successful execution of Theater Security Cooperation Program exercises throughout theater,” said Mixon. “I am very proud of the work you have accomplished.”

“Soldiers and civilians of the 311th, 516th Signal Bde. and USARPAC G-6, you have changed the Pacific forever,” Lynn said. “The magnificent work you have provided in building a combat survivable network, bringing on new services and transforming units, is unprecedented.

“You have become one of the Army’s premier Signal organizations, and it has been my honor to serve alongside so many hard working professionals,” Lynn added.

Despite all these accomplishments, the 311th still has many challenges ahead. 

“I look forward to the many missions we’ll achieve together: building upon the outstanding reputation and standard of excellence you’ve established and delivering the full operational effect across this theater,” Scott said.

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