Signal Corps celebrates 153 years of excellence

| September 27, 2013 | 2 Comments
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Maj. Gen. James Walton, commander, 311th SC (T), leads the regimental run, Sept. 20, as part of Signal Corps Regimental Week, celebrating the 153rd birthday of the U.S. Army Signal Corps.

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Maj. Gen. James Walton, commander, 311th SC (T), leads the regimental run, Sept. 20, as part of Signal Corps Regimental Week, celebrating the 153rd birthday of the U.S. Army Signal Corps.

Story and photo by
Liana Kim
311th Signal Command (Theater)

FORT SHAFTER — Signaleers and civilian partners from around Oahu came together for Signal Regimental Week to share best practices and commemorate the 153rd birthday of the U.S. Army’s Signal Corps.

The event that brought more than 800 signaleers together for a weeklong celebration of the Signal Corps was hosted by Maj. Gen. James Walton, commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Travis Cherry, senior enlisted leader, both of 311th Signal Command (Theater).

Senior enlisted leaders and commissioned officers collaborated and shared best practices during two intense days of professional development seminars and a senior communicator’s forum.

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Forum topics and discussions included LandWarNet 2020, Army Baseline Services and unified capabilities.

Maj. Gen. LaWarren Patterson, commander, Signal Center of Excellence, discussed his top priorities and way ahead for the Signal Corps, during his regimental address, which was delivered via video teleconference.

“As our nation’s defense focus shifts to the Pacific, it will be the 311th that will provide the example of communications readiness for the rest of the Army,” said Patterson.

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The annual traditions of the Signal Corps Regimental Association golf scramble at Mamala Bay Golf Course and the Signal Regimental run on Schofield Barracks received overwhelming participation. Also, for the first time, a Zumba class was offered for civilians, non-runners and family members.

311th also welcomed the Signal branch team from Human Resources Command, a Signal week first. This team provided a detailed update brief, conducted a question and answer session and held one-on-one counseling with Signal personnel to help facilitate career progression and professional growth.

“Our engagement with the 311th Signal Command and signaleers throughout Hawaii was beneficial to the Soldiers and our Army,” said Sgt. Maj. Gilbert Sutton, Enlisted Signal Branch, Operations Support Division, senior enlisted leader. “As we continue with the drawdown of the Army, our top priority is ensuring that we are providing support to the Soldiers in the field to help them remain fully qualified for continued service in our Army.”

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Another new addition to the Signal Week calendar was the motorcycle safety ride around the island.

Chaplain (Maj.) Carron Jones, 516th Sig. Brigade hosted a prayer breakfast at the Nehelani, Schofield Barracks, with Chaplain (Col.) Jonathan McGraw, 311th SC, as guest speaker.

“Sometimes life brings us unexpected challenges,” McGraw said. “Just like a wave, we either ride it out to safety or are crushed by it.”

The week culminated Sept. 20 with a regimental ball at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

For spouses who needed a gown but couldn’t afford one, there was a free option, thanks to Beverly Kavalawski, an information technology specialist for the 30th Sig. Battalion, who facilitated the donation of numerous gowns from several local businesses and gave them to the unit’s family readiness group.

Kavalawski also helped make more than 900 floral arrangements and favors for the tables at the ball, which saved the command thousands of dollars.

“It makes everyone happy, and contributes to a very important event for the Signal Corps, and I’m honored to be a part of it,” said Kavalawski. “It’s just being part of a family, and I’ve been with the 30th since 1981, so it really feels like a family to me.”

The ball included many events, from the posting of the colors to a performance by the University of Hawaii Dance Troupe, and a regimental cake cutting ceremony, culminating with an address by keynote speaker Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander, U.S. Army-Pacific, and a presentation of awards.

The official portion of the evening came to a conclusion with a presentation of the Signal Corps Regimental Awards and retiring of the colors, ending the long and eventful week with dancing.

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  1. Sarah Healey says:

    Hi,
    My name is Sarah Healey and I am trying to contact Chaplain Jonathan McGraw. He is the 311th Signal Command Chaplain. I can’t seem to find an email that works to be able to reach him. The reason that I am trying to reach out is that the company I work for (PREP, Inc.) is celebrating 25 years in the military and since Chaplain McGraw helped to form the Strong Bonds program, we would like to invite him to Colorado to celebrate with us. If you know how to get in touch with Chaplain McGraw or can point me in the right direction I would very much appreciate it.
    Best Wishes,
    Sarah

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