311th Signal Command (Theater) Public Affairs
FORT SHAFTER — The year 2015 brought more changes, challenges and opportunities in cyber defense, emerging Signal technology and new leadership teams for active component Soldiers, Army Reservists and civilians of the 311th Signal Command (Theater).
As members of a multi-component command and the designated signal element for the Pacific theater, dynamic teams of Soldiers and civilians continued to achieve milestones for the Army Signal community, provide a wide spectrum of signal support operations and build relationships and secure communications with partner nations throughout the region.
A two-day communicators forum was the capstone event of Signal Regimental Week, the command’s annual weeklong event that brought more than 400 Signalers together to share best practices and commemorate the 155th birthday of the U.S. Army Signal Corps. For the second consecutive year, the forum was conducted as a joint event, to include information managers from across the Department of Defense.
A highlight of organizational transformation and network integration, the command’s two newly redesignated Regional Cyber Centers (RCC), which completed merging their Theater Network Operations and Security Centers and Regional Computer Emergency Response Teams in 2014, saw their first year of enhanced mission capability.
The RCC-PAC on Oahu and the RCC-K in Korea are tasked with the authority to operate, maintain and defend the Army’s cyber realm within the Pacific theater. The RCC-PAC was designated the Army’s 2015 Regional Cyber Center of the Year.
Twenty-eight Soldiers of the 311th SC(T) Support Unit of Costa Mesa, Calif., returned home safely in the spring of 2015 from a successful yearlong deployment with the 335th Signal Command (Theater) Forward, on its 34th rotation to Kuwait and Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Throughout its yearlong deployment as part of “Det34,” it provided continuous support with the 335th SC(T) to network operations, satellite communications, signal systems integration, troubleshooting and help desk operations at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.
As part of the command’s core mission to maintain and defend the Pacific LandWar Net in order to provide a robust and secure network for warfighters in the Pacific, the 311th supported U.S. Army-Pacific’s Pacific Pathways campaign by providing help desk support and tactical satellite communication platforms for joint and combined military exercises with coalition partners throughout the Pacific region, including Cobra Gold in Thailand, Key Resolve and Ulchi Freedom Guardian in South Korea, Balikatan in the Philippines, and Yama Sakura and Keen Edge in Japan.
The 311th SC(T) and USARPAC G6 team supported the Army’s Information Assurance and Cyber Security Awareness campaign in October and November, culminating with a cyber security stand-down day. Soldiers and civilians at all echelons conducted training to address identified weaknesses in cyber security awareness and to gain a better understanding of current threats to our cyber security in the Pacific.
The Soldiers and civilians of the 1st Signal Brigade continued to build on their legacy as the “Voice of the ROK” in 2015 by engineering, installing, operating, maintaining, defending and extending operational cyber networks, and providing flexible, reliable strategic and tactical communications support and customer service to commanders across the Korean peninsula.
Several 311th units received awards for outstanding performance throughout the year. The 311th G4 logistics team, 1st Sig. Bde., 516th Sig. Bde. and units assigned won multiple Army awards on various levels for excellence in supply, maintenance, communications support facilities, deployment and equal opportunity.
The command’s proudest achievements can be attributed to the excellent leadership of her commissioned officers, warrant officers and noncommissioned officers. The professionalism and achievements of these individuals were recognized by the Federal Executive Board, with several Excellence in Federal Government awards.