Regimental Week celebrates the 150th birthday of the Signal Corps

| September 24, 2010 | 0 Comments

Story and Photo by
Liana Mayo
311th Signal Command Public Affairs 

Members of the historic Kings Guard Drill Team, Royal Hawaiian Guard, twirl their rifles during a performance for attendees of the Signal Regimental Ball, in Kapolei, Sept. 17. The Kings Guard is known around the world as one of the most exciting and crowd-pleasing exhibition drill teams currently in existence.FORT SHAFTER — Signal Regimental Week took place Sept. 14-17, at several locations throughout Oahu, and was hosted by the 311th Signal Command, here.  

The weeklong series of events was attended by key leaders of the signal community and provided many opportunities to network and communicate about current operations, recent accomplishments and the unique challenges and complexities of the signal mission.

The week began with the Regimental Address at the Nehelani on Schofield Barracks, Sept. 14. Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Clark, Signal Regimental Corps, began his address with a moving presentation of the poem, “Ragged Old Flag.” 

He provided a detailed briefing on the state of the Signal Regt., where he urged leaders to utilize the regiment’s LandWarNet e-University, which provides online communications and training, as well as web-based tools and information.  

“This is your site, we have folks adding to it right now, based on what units have requested,” Clark said, about the site that allows Soldier and civilian signaleers to conduct simulated events and collaborative discussions with their peers and Fort Gordon, Ga., subject matter experts.

Brig. Gen. William Scott, commander, 311th Signal Command, also addressed the leaders in attendance.

“The question to ask ourselves, is are we producing an effect that will positively impact the Warfighter’s ability to conduct business more efficiently, regardless of location?” Scott asked. 

He also commended the Soldiers and civilians of the 311th for the many crucial jobs done well in order to deliver a robust, reliable network to warfighters throughout the Pacific theater.

A focal point of the week for senior signal leadership was a planning and coordination conference Sept. 15-16, at Fort Shafter’s Richardson Theatre, which was attended by key members of U.S. Pacific Command, U.S. Army-Pacific and signal-focused government organizations, including the Defense Information Systems Agency, which provides global NetCentric solutions for warfighter support.  

Several hundred 311th Soldiers gathered on Fort Shafter’s Palm Circle before dawn, Sept. 15, to participate in the annual USARPAC run, led by Maj. Gen. Benjamin Mixon, commander, USARPAC.

All 311th Soldiers stationed in Hawaii attended, to carry on the annual tradition of singing cadence and running together in the lightly falling rain. Mixon was also the guest speaker for a prayer breakfast at the Hale Ikena Golf Course Clubhouse, Sept. 16.

During a ceremony in the 516th Signal Brigade conference room at Fort Shafter, Sept. 16, five civilians of the 311th Sig. Command were recognized for their commitment to excellence and were sworn in as representatives for the Enterprise Service Management Framework. 

The ESMF is an information technology management system the 311th Signal Command and the 516th Signal Bde. developed to support the Army’s change-management process, and to more effectively and efficiently manage the day-to-day operational tasks of the Pacific LandWarNet, which the 311th Signal Command maintains and defends to facilitate secure communication for Army in the Pacific region.

The week came to an end Sept. 17, with the annual Signal Corps Regimental Signal Ball at Marriott’s Ko Olina Resort in Kapolei, where more than 600 signaleers, friends and family members gathered for a festive evening of entertainment and fellowship. The keynote speaker, Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Sorenson, Army chief information officer, was the guest speaker for the gala. 

Retired Lt. Gen. Thomas Rienze, the Army’s oldest living signal officer, was asked to cut the signal cake using a traditional signal saber. 

 “As Soldiers, we must shoot, move and communicate,” Rienze said. “And you can’t do any of that if you can’t get a signal.”

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