Signaleers’ history meets its cyberspace future

| September 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
Soldiers in PT gear running.

Photos courtesy 311th Signal Command (Theater) Public Affairs
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Signaleers participate in the annual Signal Corps Regimental Run from Weyand Field, Sept. 20, 2013. This year’s Signal Week took place Sept. 2-5.

Liana Kim
311th Signal Command (Theater) Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER — Signaleers, communicators and information managers from around the world converged on Oahu to share best practices and receive insight on how the Army Signal mission will support cyberspace operations during Signal Week, Sept. 2-5.

Maj. Gen. Lawrence W. Brock III, commanding general, 311th Signal Command (Theater), and 311th SC(T) Command Sgt. Maj. Darris Curry, hosted the annual event that brings several hundred Soldiers and civilians together for professional development in commemoration of the 154th birthday of the U.S. Army’s Signal Corps.
Senior enlisted leaders and commissioned officers collaborated and received updates during the two-day Communicators Forum.


WAIKIKI — A 311th SC (T) color guard retires after posting the colors at last year's Signal Corps Regimental Ball at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

WAIKIKI — A 311th SC (T) color guard retires after posting the colors at last year’s Signal Corps Regimental Ball at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

This year was the first the forum was conducted as a joint event, to include information managers from across the Department of Defense.
Forum topics and round table discussions provided updates for the Signal community, including U.S. Army-Pacific Commander Maj. Gen. Vincent K. Brooks’ “Pacific Pathways” initiatives, the military’s Joint Information Environment, USARPAC G6 initiatives, and lessons learned in general, and current projects and efforts of the Army’s Program Executive Officer’s Enterprise Information Systems, or PEO EIS.

Maj. Gen. John B. Morrison Jr., commander, U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command and deputy commanding general, U.S. Army Cyber Command, Signal Center of Excellence, discussed his top priorities and way ahead for the Signal Corps.

The annual traditions of the Signal Corps Regimental Association golf scramble and the Signal regimental run on Schofield Barracks both received full participation.

For a second consecutive year, cardio exercise was offered on Weyand Field for civilians, non-runners and family members.

The Signal branch team from Human Resources Command joined the event again this year to provide a detailed update brief, a question and answers session, and individual counseling with Soldiers to help facilitate career progression and professional growth.

The 516th Sig. Brigade Chaplain (Maj.) Willy Hamilton hosted a prayer breakfast at the Nehelani, Schofield Barracks.



Dancers at the 2013 Signal Ball.

Dancers at the 2013 Signal Ball.

The week culminates, tonight, with the annual Signal Ball at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. The ball traditionally includes many events, from the posting of the colors to a hula dance performance, this year featuring Tahitian dance by the Hawaiian Hula Company, a cake cutting ceremony performed by the oldest and youngest Signaleers in attendance, and a presentation of awards to those whose personal contributions have impacted the Signal Corps.

The handmade floral arrangements on the tables were donated by Beverly Kawalawski, an information technology specialist for the 30th Signal Battalion, whose generosity saves the command thousands of dollars each year.

“I’ve been with the 30th since 1981, so it really feels like a family to me,” said Kawalwski. “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.”

The official portion of the evening will be concluded with the retiring of the colors, leaving those left in attendance to celebrate a proud history of 154 years of Signal excellence, and to end their eventful week with dancing.

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