Signal Week 2015 celebrates the Signal Warrior

| October 16, 2015 | 0 Comments
The 311th's 2015 Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, Staff Sgt. Eric Black Jr., and Soldier of the Year, Spc. Maria Perez, join the 311th command team, Maj. Gen. Lawrence W. Brock III and Cmd. Sgt. Maj. Darris Curry in the traditional cake cutting ceremony during the Pacific Signal Ball at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Waikiki, Sept. 18, 2015. The ball was the final event of Pacific Signal Week 2015. (Photo by Liana Kim, 311th Signal Command Theater Public Affairs)

The 311th’s 2015 Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, Staff Sgt. Eric Black Jr., and Soldier of the Year, Spc. Maria Perez, join the 311th command team, Maj. Gen. Lawrence W. Brock III and Cmd. Sgt. Maj. Darris Curry in the traditional cake cutting ceremony during the Pacific Signal Ball at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Waikiki, Sept. 18, 2015. The ball was the final event of Pacific Signal Week 2015. (Photo by Liana Kim, 311th Signal Command Theater Public Affairs)

Tyler Ogoshi
Army News Service

FORT SHAFTER — Army Signal Soldiers and civilians from across the globe gathered on the island of Oahu to celebrate the 155th birthday of the U.S. Army Signal Corps during Pacific Signal Week in September.

Throughout the week, attendees traversed the island for team building and professional development events, all of which focused on building camaraderie and espirit de corps, familiarizing mission partners with the intricacies of secure communications and informing Signaleers of the way ahead for the Signal Corps.

“We have the hardest working professionals who are carrying out and conducting the day-to-day operations, maintaining a physically fit force that is ready to execute anywhere, anytime, and with the highest level of proficiency throughout the Pacific area of responsibility,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Darris Curry, 311th Signal Command (Theater).

(From left to right) Lt. Gen. Alan R. Lynn, director, Defense Information Systems Agency; Lt. Gen. Robert S. Ferrell, chief information officer, G-6; and Maj. Gen.  Lawrence W. Brock III, commander, 311th Signal Command (Theater), lead troops during the annual Signal Regimental Run at Schofield Barracks, Sept. 15, 2015. (Photo by Spc. Jacob Kohrs)

(From left to right) Lt. Gen. Alan R. Lynn, director, Defense Information Systems Agency; Lt. Gen. Robert S. Ferrell, chief information officer, G-6; and Maj. Gen. Lawrence W. Brock III, commander, 311th Signal Command (Theater), lead troops during the annual Signal Regimental Run at Schofield Barracks, Sept. 15, 2015. (Photo by Spc. Jacob Kohrs)

Senior leaders of the Army Signal mission participated in workshops, discussions and briefings during the Communicators’ Forum, the professional development portion of Signal Week.

“We’re going to focus on increasing the accuracy of what we’re reporting and who are reporting, assess the impact, and then work on educating and reforming our service members,” said Lt. Gen. Robert S. Ferrell, Army chief information officer/G-6, of his team’s near-term objectives.

During a brief at the 30th Signal Battalion on Schofield Barracks, 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, spoke of the three main focus areas for Signaleers: standardize, modernize and integrate.

“For the first time, we will be able to converge all our networks onto one infrastructure,” Morrison said, of integrating tactical and strategic networks.

He said this long-sought solution will drastically improve functionality, allowing operators more flexibility and new capabilities, such as inserting mission partners into the regional Hub nodes during joint readiness exercises and operations.

Signaleers of the Pacific kick off Signal Week with a canoe paddling team building event at Rainbow Marina, Pearl Harbor, Sept. 14, 2015. (Photo by Tyler Ogoshi)

Signaleers of the Pacific kick off Signal Week with a canoe paddling team building event at Rainbow Marina, Pearl Harbor, Sept. 14, 2015. (Photo by Tyler Ogoshi)

Team building events throughout the week included bowling tournaments, biking, a golf scramble sponsored by the Signal Corps Regimental Association’s Hawaii chapter, a motorcycle mentorship and safety ride around the island, Hawaiian canoe paddling, the annual regimental run, a prayer breakfast, and tours of the Network Enterprise Center.

The culminating event of the week was the Signal ball, where nearly 800 Soldiers and officers celebrated and danced the night away at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

Selected Soldiers and civilians were presented with honors and awards at the ball for going above and beyond the call of duty. All in attendance were able to look back on the past years’ accomplishments during the “Hooah” multimedia video production, comprised of images and videos from Signal teams across the Pacific.

Attendees from various Army organizations cheered out from their tables as the digital graphics of their units appeared on the large screens displaying the video on each corner of the ball room

“You have all worked very hard, and it has not gone unnoticed,” said Maj. Gen. Lawrence W. Brock III, commander, 311th Sig. Cmd., in his closing remarks at the ball. “Tonight is for you, to celebrate, responsibly, all your many achievements, so we’ll see you on the dance floor.”

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