Staff Sgt. Crista Yazzie
311th Signal Command Public Affairs
FORT SHAFTER — Signal Soldiers from throughout the Pacific and the globe connected, here, for the 311th Sig. Command’s Regimental Week, recently.
The week kicked off with a golf scramble followed by two intense days of forums for noncommissioned and commissioned officers, addressing tactical and technical changes and advancements in the signal branch and within the Army itself.
Brig. Gen. William Scott, commander, 311th Sig. Command, and Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin Thompson, senior enlisted leader, 311th Sig. Command, hosted the event. Several distinguished members of the Army signal community joined them, most notably Lt. Gen. Carol Pollett, chief information officer, and Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald Pflieger, senior enlisted leader, Army Sig. Regimental Corps.
“The role of the warfighter is a specific role to operate, maintain and sustain the Pacific LandWarNet,” Pflieger said, who engaged attendees with an open question-and-answer session. “With all the technologies and all the advancements in the Sig. Corps, my fundamental belief is in you, the leaders and Soldiers. The leaders and Soldiers are the centerpiece, which enables this battle command.”
Forum topics included everything from the new Regional Hub Node in Guam, which represents global reach for the Army, to the Sig. Corps Regimental Association, which connects the Army signal community with its partners in the civilian signal community and key leaders around the world.
Between the two days of forums, Chaplain (Col.) Gary Gross, 311th Sig. Command, hosted a prayer breakfast at the Hale Ikena Golf Club, here, where Chaplain (Col.) Daniel Minjares, Network Enterprise Technology Command, 9th Sig. Command, was the guest speaker.
The week culminated with two final events. The first was a morning regimental run through Schofield Barracks, the second a regimental ball at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Waikiki.
The ball included the posting of the colors; a performance by the historic Kings Guard Drill Team, Royal Hawaiian Guard; and a regimental cake cutting ceremony, culminating with an address from Pollett, keynote speaker.
During Pollet’s address, he discussed some of the accomplishments within the command in the past year, specifically that of the 307th Expeditionary Sig. Battalion, 516th Sig. Brigade, which executed simultaneous mission accomplishments throughout the Pacific during its deployment to Afghanistan. He also discussed the 311th Sig. Command’s timely relief efforts during Operation Tomodachi to provide signal support immediately following February’s disaster in Japan.
“These selfless feats are not the accomplishments of individuals; these things were accomplished by the work of teams,” Pollett said.
Pollet also thanked the civilians and families of all organizations in the Pacific for their hard work and patriotism.
“You have an opportunity, today, to set the conditions for the future, but we cannot be afraid of change,” he said. “We must embrace transformation as a way of life and set the tradition for a protected enterprise effort structure and services to enable the power to connect anywhere, anytime, on any device, to leverage information and enable decisive decision making.”
The official portion of the evening concluded with a presentation of the Sig. Corps Regimental awards and retiring of the colors, ending the long and eventful week with dancing.