516th Signal Bde. receives supply excellence award at CLEA

| July 23, 2010 | 0 Comments

Lt. Col. Frank Snyder & Capt. Patrick Penn
311th Signal Command

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Two Hawaii-based signal units received awards of excellence, recently, during the 6th Annual Chief of Staff of the Army Combined Logistics Excellence Awards ceremony in Richmond, Va.

The 30th Signal Battalion, 516th Signal Brigade, won the Supply Excellence Award in the parent-level, Modified Table of Organization and Equipment category.

The Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 516th Signal Bde., placed runner-up in the unit-level, Table of Distribution and Allowances category.

“Winning these awards is huge,” said Col. Dana Tankins, commander, 516th Signal Bde. “We’re very proud of the hard work and achievement of our Soldiers and civilians; it takes a substantial effort by Team Signal to reach this level.”

Commanders and supply personnel from both units were on hand for the prestigious awards ceremony and banquet as Gen. George Casey Jr., 36th Chief of Staff of the Army, was the guest speaker for CLEA and personally presented awards.

Casey reiterated just how special this honor was and congratulated award recipients since CLEA recognizes excellence in supply, maintenance and deployment Armywide.

Following the ceremony, Maj. Gen. Michael J. Terry, commanding general, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, congratulated and addressed the 516th Signal Bde. award recipients.

“Your excellence in logistics, as demonstrated by winning these awards, is undeniable,” Terry said. “I’m proud of the great work you’ve done. I ask you to share your processes with other units, but more importantly, I challenge you to maintain your success and earn accolades again next year.”

During an informal conversation among the speakers and award recipients, Terry asked Sgt. 1st Class Robert Brown, noncommissioned officer in charge, 30th Signal Bn., how he felt about receiving an award directly from Casey.

“I thought that going into CLEA was a pretty big deal, but when the Chief of Staff of the Army personally presented the award and shook my hand, I knew it for sure,” Brown said.

“We worked hard for this, very hard,” said Staff Sgt. Sergio Paredes Esparza, 396th Signal Co., 30th Sig. Bn. “It’s great to see the result and to be a part of our (team’s) success.”

The units took time to thank those people who helped the units achieve the awards. Brown thanked Wanda Chambliss, 30th Signal Bn., for the leadership she contributed to the battalion’s success. 

Paredes specifically commended two of his Soldiers, Spc. Dustin Higgins and Spc. Henderena Matautia, both of 396th Signal Co., for their great work and contributions leading to the award, calling their efforts “invaluable.” 

“It’s very special to be here among the CLEA award recipients, to receive our award, and to share the day with Team Signal,” said Spc. Whitney Sancrant, HHC, 516th Signal Bde., who also learned she made the promotion list for sergeant the same day as the CLEA. “I hope to be back next year.”

(Editor’s Note: Lt. Col. Frank Snyder is the commander, Network Enterprise Center, and Capt. Patrick Penn is the commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 516th Signal Brigade.)

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