CSM accepts sword at COR

| January 25, 2013 | 0 Comments
Command Sgt. Maj. Allen Braswell (left), 516th Sig. Bde., incoming senior enlisted leader, receives the NCO Sword, symbolizing his new responsibility as leader of troops, from Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin Thompson, 311th SC(T), as Sgt. Maj. Tara Bryan, 311th SC(T) operations senior enlisted leader, looks on.

Command Sgt. Maj. Allen Braswell (left), 516th Sig. Bde., incoming senior enlisted leader, receives the NCO Sword, symbolizing his new responsibility as leader of troops, from Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin Thompson, 311th SC(T), as Sgt. Maj. Tara Bryan, 311th SC(T) operations senior enlisted leader, looks on.

Story and photo by
Lin Clark Miller
516th Signal Brigade, 311th Signal Command (T)

FORT SHAFTER — Command Sgt. Maj. Allen Braswell accepted the noncommissioned officer sword from Command Sgt. Maj. Travis

Cherry, as the 516th Signal Brigade, 311th Signal Command (Theater), welcomed the Signal Corps’ newest brigade senior enlisted leader during a change of responsibility ceremony, here, Jan. 17.

“We are delighted to have you on board, and I look forward to working together as we continue to form this great team across the Pacific,” said Col. Scott Baer, commander, 516th Sig. Bde. “Command Sgt. Maj. Braswell understands the complexity of the mission, coming to us from 304th Expeditionary Sig. Bn., in Korea.”

Braswell expressed his enthusiasm and gratitude, thanking God that he is “here in good health and able to take on such an awesome challenge.”

He said both he and his wife, PJ, are passionate about the care of the Soldiers and families of the brigade.

Braswell’s portfolio speaks volumes of his experience. In addition to two Middle East tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, a variety of assignments have polished him as a leader, to include tank gunner, signal system team chief, primary leadership development course instructor, section sergeant and drill sergeant.

One of Braswell’s three children, Senior Airman Allen Braswell Jr., stationed at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, attended the ceremony with his wife and infant son.

“I will work hard to earn the respect of everyone, civilians and Soldiers alike,” Braswell said. “My fellow NCOs and I will keep the enlisted ranks of this brigade in step and mission-oriented.”

For his many military accomplishments, Braswell was awarded the Bronze Star, the Sergeant Audie Murphy award, and branch recognition for significant leadership contributions to Signal, Field Artillery and Ordnance.

Baer also honored the accomplishments of outgoing Cherry, reflecting on events such as the contractor-to-Soldier conversion of the Regional Hub Node in Guam and the reorganization of 78th Sig. Bn. in Camp Zama, Japan, to accomplish the missions of both the joint task force group mission on mainland Japan and that of recently inactivated Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 58th Sig. Bn., on Okinawa.

Cherry reflected on numerous trips throughout the Pacific, noting the extensive amount of travel inherent in managing the most geographically dispersed signal brigade in the Army.

“The longest time frame Col. Baer and I remained on Oahu was only 18 days,” he said.

Cherry credited and thanked the battalion and brigade teams for their accomplishments, support, camaraderie, and most of all, as family.

Headquartered on historic Palm Circle, 516th Sig. Bde. is a major subordinate operations and maintenance command of 311th Sig. Command (Theater). The brigade’s mission is to conduct network operations for theater-based LandWarNet communications systems, networks and enterprise services, and to provide information services support to generating forces and intergovernmental, interagency and civil authorities during full-spectrum operations.

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