516th Sig. Bde. changes hands aboard USS Missouri Memorial

| July 21, 2011 | 0 Comments

Lin Clark Miller
516th Signal Brigade Public Affairs, 311th Sig. Command



PEARL HARBOR — Col. Scott Baer assumed command of the 516th Signal Brigade, 311th Sig. Command, from outgoing commander, Col. Dana Tankins, during a change of command ceremony on board the USS Missouri Memorial, here, Friday.

Baer received the ceremonial flag in front of a troop formation, which signifies the passing of leadership.

“Baer is exactly the right leader to take command of this proud unit,” said Brig. Gen. William Scott, commander, 311th Sig. Command. “He’s got tremendous experience. … He has demonstrated his mettle in Desert Shield/Desert Storm and then again with tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, and (he) has excelled in some of our Army’s most demanding jobs ‘behind the fence’ at Joint Special Operations Command.”

“Thank you for providing me your insight and coaching over the past year to set the conditions for this humbling opportunity,” Baer said, expressing his appreciation to Scott, his former commander, where Baer served as the operations deputy chief of staff.

Baer previously served in multiple Sig. Corps positions in the Pacific and in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where he was the security and assistance signal advisor to the Saudi Arabian army National Guard.

“The 516th Sig. Bde. is the epitome of what we all seek: a unit that is relevant, proud of who they are and respected throughout this great theater,” Scott said.

The brigade’s mission is to conduct network operations for theater-based  communications systems, networks and enterprise services; and to provide information services.

The 516th Sig. Bde. supports U.S. Army-Pacific and includes battalions in Alaska, mainland Japan and Okinawa.

Its five subordinate battalions and Network Operation and Security Center share communications missions spanning more than 105 million square miles of the Pacific theater.

Scott credited Tankins with inspiring quality leadership for the brigade.

“(The results) shine in the innumerable accomplishments of this incredible organization,” Scott said. “I can think of no better tribute than to say that this is your legacy to the 516th Sig. Bde. and to the U.S. Army in the Pacific.”

Tankins transformed the brigade into an expeditionary organization with the deployment of the 307th Expeditionary Sig. Battalion to Afghanistan and the insertion of tactical communications assets into network enterprise centers throughout the Pacific, while simultaneously maintaining high-level garrison support.

The 516th Sig. Bde. enhanced interoperability and the ability to deploy for several combat brigades in Hawaii and Alaska. To do so, the brigade extended the International Security Assistance Force and the Combined Enterprise Regional Information Exchange networks from the U.S. Central Command theater, supporting deployment training and ensuring successful deployments to operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

“Having served in the leadership of our sister command in Europe and for the past year as our own operations officer, Baer knows the unit and where we’re headed,” Scott said. “He’s the kind of officer that we can confidently hand the responsibilities (of) our Soldiers and civilians over to today.”


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