Quintero assumes responsibility of 516th Signal Brigade

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Command Sgt. Maj. Delia Quintero receives the brigade colors from Col. Cleo Thomas, 516th Sig. Bde. commander, during a Change of Responsibility ceremony at Palm Circle on Fort Shafter, Feb. 6. (Photo by Sgt. Christopher Tabor, 516th Signal Brigade)

Command Sgt. Maj. Delia Quintero receives the brigade colors from Col. Cleo Thomas, 516th Sig. Bde. commander, during a Change of Responsibility ceremony at Palm Circle on Fort Shafter, Feb. 6. (Photo by Sgt. Christopher Tabor, 516th Signal Brigade)

1st Lt. Brandy E. Adkins
Headquarters and Headquarters Company
516th Signal Brigade
311th Signal Command (Theater)

FORT SHAFTER — Under a picture-perfect Hawaiian sky, Command Sgt. Maj. Delia Quintero officially became the enlisted leader of the 516th Signal Brigade during a change of responsibility ceremony on historic Palm Circle, Feb. 6.

Quintero assumed responsibility from outgoing Command Sgt. Maj. Allen Braswell of the most geographically dispersed Signal Brigade in the U.S. Army.

Spanning 12 time zones, the brigade provides support for units in Hawaii, Alaska, Japan, Okinawa, Guam and Kwajalein Atoll.

The hybrid brigade consists of one Expeditionary Signal Battalion, three forward deployed Strategic Signal Battalions, and one Theater Network Operations and Security Center. Together, they support the mission of the 311 Sig. Command (Theater), conducting full-spectrum network operations for theater-based LandWarNet communications systems, and enterprise and information services and support for theater forces, intergovernmental, interagency and civil authorities.

Command Sgt. Maj. Quintero stands in front of her troops during the 516th Sig. Bde. Change of Responsibility ceremony, at Palm Circle on Fort Shafter, Feb. 6. (Photo by Sgt. Christopher Tabor, 516th Signal Brigade)

Command Sgt. Maj. Quintero stands in front of her troops during the 516th Sig. Bde. Change of Responsibility ceremony, at Palm Circle on Fort Shafter, Feb. 6. (Photo by Sgt. Christopher Tabor, 516th Signal Brigade)

The ceremony began with a formation of the troops, and lei were presented to Braswell’s wife PJ, two of their three children in attendance, and grandson, Sgt. Nathaniel Began, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 516th Sig. Bde. chaplain’s assistant, who gave the invocation, followed by the Presentation of Honors and the Honors to the Nation.

Col. Cleo Thomas, 516th Sig. Bde. commander, shared reflections of his time with Braswell and welcomed Quintero.

“To the Soldiers and civilians of the 516th, I will do my best to continue making this organization better and stronger,” Quintero said. “To the battalion and company command teams, I look forward to working with you all by continuing to invest in our people and developing our organization.”

Quintero moved to the island with her two daughters, after serving as the brigade sergeant jajor for 4th Bde. Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg.

A native of Los Angeles, California, Quintero has been in the Army for 23 years. She has earned numerous awards and decorations and is a member of the prestigious Sgt. Audie Murphy Club. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Science with a focus in Psychology.

Quintero said her goals and aspirations as the senior enlisted adviser for the 516th Sig. Bde. are not just focused on the Soldiers, but on the organization as a whole. She hopes to form a strong team with Thomas, and assist and support his vision of the way ahead for the brigade.

“I will invest in the overall professional and personal growth of our Soldiers and civilians,” said Quintero, “through primary education opportunities and higher learning at every level, because without them, the organization cannot be successful.”

Quintero took over the formation, and the ceremony concluded with the retirement of the colors and the singing of the Signal Corps and the Army Song.

After the ceremony, attendees bid farewell to Braswell and his family as they prepare to depart Hawaii and begin a new chapter in Texas.

“I leave my post feeling certain that I have had a significant and positive effect in the 516th Sig. Bde.,” Braswell said. “I have never ceased to be in awe of the steadfast and loyal commitment of our team. … Some of the best commissioned officers and NCOs in the Army have found their way right here to this formation.”

A lunch reception was held for Quintero at the Palm Circle Gazebo to welcome her to the 516th Sig. Bde. ohana.

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