Alpha 307th set to tackle Afghanistan signal mission

| December 1, 2012 | 0 Comments
Capt. Robert Bergdorf (left), company commander, and 1st Sgt. Derek Davis, both of Co. A, 307th ESB, case the unit’s colors, officially symbolizing the unit’s deployment to Afghanistan, during a ceremony, Nov. 16.

Capt. Robert Bergdorf (left), company commander, and 1st Sgt. Derek Davis, both of Co. A, 307th ESB, case the unit’s colors, officially symbolizing the unit’s deployment to Afghanistan, during a ceremony, Nov. 16.

Story and photo by
Crista Mary Mack
311th Signal Command (Theater)

HELEMANO MILITARY RESERVATION — Friends and family members of Company A, 307th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, 516th Signal Brigade, 311th Signal Command (Theater), gathered to bid farewell to Soldiers at a deployment ceremony, here, recently.

The ceremony officially announced the signal company’s deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom; it was officiated by Col. Scott Baer, commander, 516th Sig. Bde., and Lt. Col. Scott Bird, commander, 307th ESB.

“Alpha Company is a superb unit,” said Baer. “I am as confident in their abilities today as I will be tomorrow, and for the 270 days that they’ll have in Afghanistan.

“Together they will accomplish their mission on time and to standard,” he added, “regardless of the difficulty.”

The unit was notified in June of its upcoming nine-month deployment, and has been training and preparing since, transitioning from supporting U.S. Army-Pacific’s Theater Security Cooperation Program to preparing for combat

operations.

In six months, the Soldiers completed pre-certifications, T-certification training, field training exercises, sling loading, hand grenade training, a weeklong validation rehearsal exercise and more.

“After all of this hard work, we now have Alpha Co. standing in front of us equipped, trained and fully mission-capable to deploy as an expeditionary signal company,” said Baer.

In 2010, 307th Headquarters and Headquarters Co. and Co. B deployed in support of the OEF surge. They took on the difficult task of establishing and providing strategic communications throughout much of Afghanistan. The symbolic casing and uncasing of their colors were pinnacle events; they represented the deploying part of the company going forward and the rear detachment’s commitment to continue the mission at home.

“As our nation moves forward with its evolving mission in Afghanistan, some, but not all of Alpha Co.’s resources, are required to support that mission,” said Bird. “So, we’ve established a provisional headquarters in the form of Alpha Co.’s rear detachment, to care for the Soldiers, family and equipment here in Hawaii.”

Immediately following the official casing of the colors, the Soldiers of A-307th rear detachment uncased their colors, symbolizing their official assumption of duties and responsibilities. The rear detachment will be responsible for providing home station support, administrative operations, command and control, accountability of equipment and deployed personnel, and communications links between deployed Soldiers and their families.

The deploying element, though small in number, has a geographically diverse mission ahead, and according to Capt. Robert Bergdorf, commander, A-307th, his Soldiers are ready for the challenge.

“This is our first time deploying as a company into Afghanistan … (to) provide communication in small teams to various supported units,” said Bergdorf. “This is our first combat deployment since Vietnam, but we’re accustomed to it. … While here in Hawaii, we’ve deployed in support of exercises in Thailand, Cambodia, Korea and Japan.”

When not deployed, 307th ESB is responsible for tactical command, control, communications and computer capabilities in the Pacific theater.

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