New leadership for Signal Soldiers of 311th Support Unit

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
Col. Daniel Burnett, Chief of Staff for the 311th Signal Command (Theater), passes the guidon from Capt. James Perry to Capt. Bobby Bynum signifying a change in leadership for the 311th Support Unit in Costa Mesa, California, Dec. 6, 2014. (Photo by Private 1st Class Nicolas Cholula)

Col. Daniel Burnett, Chief of Staff for the 311th Signal Command (Theater), passes the guidon from Capt. James Perry to Capt. Bobby Bynum signifying a change in leadership for the 311th Support Unit in Costa Mesa, California, Dec. 6, 2014. (Photo by Private 1st Class Nicolas Cholula)

Army Reserve Soldiers in Costa Mesa also welcome a new commander

Story and photos by Pfc. Nicolas Cholula
311th Support Unit

COSTA MESA, California — Soldiers of the 311th Signal Command (Theater) Support Unit bade farewell to their company commander, Capt. James O. Perry III and welcomed Capt. Bobby Bynum Jr. as their new commander, during a change of command ceremony at the Army Reserve center here, Dec 6.

During his 11 months in command, Perry was responsible for increasing Army Physical Fitness Test scores and raising overall readiness of the unit, and the successful mobilization of 28 Soldiers with DET 34, the 335th Signal Command’s 34th iteration in Kuwait to provide secure communications in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

U.S Army Reserve Capt. James Perry, commander of the 311th Signal Command (Theater) Support Unit, receives the guidon from 1st Sgt. Galen Spears during a change of command ceremony at the 311th Support Unit in Costa Mesa, California, Dec. 6, 2014. Perry has been in charge of the 311th Support Unit since Feb. 2, 2014. (Photo by Private 1st Class Nicolas Cholula)

U.S Army Reserve Capt. James Perry, commander of the 311th Signal Command (Theater) Support Unit, receives the guidon from 1st Sgt. Galen Spears during a change of command ceremony at the 311th Support Unit in Costa Mesa, California, Dec. 6, 2014. Perry has been in charge of the 311th Support Unit since Feb. 2, 2014. (Photo by Private 1st Class Nicolas Cholula)

“As I take my leave from the 311th Signal Command, I am excited to know that the support unit is in good hands,” said Perry. “I have loved my time here, and I am proud to have served as your commander.”

The 311th Sig. Comd. (Theater) Chief of Staff, Col. Daniel Burnett, was in attendance at the ceremony, and he spoke of the contributions Perry had made during his time as commander, and of the Soldiers’ accomplishments.

“Your attention to detail helped improve the readiness of the unit, enabling Soldiers to deploy and support Theater Security Cooperation exercises throughout the Pacific region and around the world,” said Burnett.

Burnett also highlighted his confidence in the new commander to move the unit forward.

“Capt. Bynum, you bring a solid background from both technical and leadership assignments, and I am confident that you will be a strong link in our team,” said Burnett.

U.S Army Reserve Capt. Bobby Bynum, new commander of the 311th Signal Command (Theater) Support Unit, stands beside his predecessor, Capt. James Perry, in front of the 311th Support Unit formation in Costa Mesa, California, Dec. 6, 2014. (Photo by Private 1st Class Nicolas Cholula)

U.S Army Reserve Capt. Bobby Bynum, new commander of the 311th Signal Command (Theater) Support Unit, stands beside his predecessor, Capt. James Perry, in front of the 311th Support Unit formation in Costa Mesa, California, Dec. 6, 2014. (Photo by Private 1st Class Nicolas Cholula)

Bynum comes into his new position of company commander after recently completing the Electronic Warfare Officer Course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

Bynum was deployed from 2010 to 2011 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom IX, and then functioned as an Information Technology Battle Captain at the Army Pentagon from 2011 to 2012.

“I look forward to taking command and working with all of you,” said Bynum. “We have a big mission ahead of us, but I am confident we will successfully accomplish it.”

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