Signal marks 154 years of excellence

| September 12, 2014 | 0 Comments
Soldiers in PT gear running

Maj. Gen. Lawrence Brock III, commander, 311th Signal Command (Theater), and Maj. Gen. John Morrison Jr., commander, NetCom, lead the mass formation of several hundred Signal Soldiers from various commands and units across Oahu on the annual Signal Corps Regimental Run, Sept.5.


Story and photo by Liana Kim
311th Signal Command (Theater)
FORT SHAFTER — Signaleers from around the world converged on Oahu to share best practices and commemorate the 154th birthday of the U.S. Army’s Signal Corps during Signal Week, Sept. 2-5.
“This is your forum and your Army, so please talk amongst yourselves and make the most of our time gathered here,” said Maj. Gen. Lawrence W. Brock III, commander, 311th Signal Command (Theater). “We are communicators by trade, so let’s talk this week.”
The annual two-day Communicators Forum capstone event of the week was conducted for the first time this year as a joint event, to include information managers from across the Department of Defense. Civilian communicators, senior enlisted leaders and commissioned officers collaborated and received updates on the integral role the Army Signal mission plays in cyber defense.
“For those of us in the Signal and communications world, especially here in the Pacific, NETCOM is who we turn to, for everything,” said Brock.
“I’ve been focusing most of my time on operationalizing NETCOM, and posturing us to delivering a truly global network,” said Maj. Gen. John B. Morrison Jr., commander, U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command and deputy commander, U.S. Army Cyber Command, Signal Center of Excellence. “We are modernizing our network in partnership with Defense Information Systems Agency and the Air Force for the joint community. This is something completely different than we’ve ever done, and it will really change networks. Coming soon to a theater near you — an inherently joint construct that operates in a joint, global context!”
Morrison said that as the Signal Command modernizes, it’s also working hard on establishing standards across all theaters, because each unique theater may experience “tyranny of distance” challenges.
“Our basic 101 of communications, even if we’re on a coalition network, are still the same,” said Morrison. “We need to focus on operating and talking the same, early and often, so as we make that turn into this joint context, it will be much easier.”
Signal Week finished with the award presentations at the Signal Ball, Friday. Attendees cheered on their battle buddies participating in an interactive Tahitian dance performance by the Hawaiian Hula Company, and the traditional cake cutting ceremony was performed by Morrison and the youngest Signaleer in attendance.


Soldiers in dress blues cutting a birthday cake together.

(From left) Command Sgt. Maj Darris Curry, 311th SC(T); Maj. Gen. Lawrence W. Brock, 311th SC(T) and the oldest Signaleer in attendance; Pvt. 2 Derrice Robinson, 516th Sig. Bde. and the youngest Signaleer in attendance; Maj Gen John B. Morrison Jr., NETCOM; and Command Sgt. Maj. Stephfon Watson, NETCOM, cut the cake to celebrate Signal’s 154th birthday.

“When folks ask me what is Signal’s participation in cyber defense, I tell them that there is no cyber without Signal,” said Morrison, speaking about the importance of the Signal mission in the Pacific. “A majority of ‘big Army’ discussions, right now, are focused on what we do. There is a growing recognition among our senior leaders, on how important providing and protecting the network is, to allow the Army to operate as it gets smaller, and look at how to best rebalance the force.”

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