Premier Signal - Vol #8 (2015 - 2016)

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Lt. Gen. Alan R. Lynn Director Defense Information Systems Agency

(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 Spec.. Jacob Kohrs)


PUBLISHER Maj. Gen. Lawrence “Wayne” Brock, III Commanding General BOARD OF DIRECTORS Col. Daniel Burnett Chief of Staff Command Sgt. Maj. Darris Curry Command Sergeant Major MANAGING EDITOR Liana Kim Public Affairs Officer ASSOCIATE EDITORS Capt. Jerome Adamczyk Capt. Angela Paterno Capt. Casey Schreiner GRAPHIC DESIGN & ILLUSTRATIONS Mr. Luis “POCHO” Nieves Concepción

Lt. Gen. Robert S. Ferrell

Maj. Gen. Lawrence W. Brock, III

Director U.S. Army chief of Information / G6

Commander 311th signal command [theater]

Premier Signal is an annual authorized Army publication of the 311th Signal Command [Theater]. The views expressed herein are those of the individual authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army. Unless otherwise stated, material in this magazine may be reprinted without permission; please credit the magazine and author. Premier Signal can be found online at Printed in the U.S.A 311th Signal Command Public Affairs Office, Building 520, 3rd Floor, Ft. Shafter, HI 96858 2015 - 2016 | 1



hat’s your story? A mission of the 311th Signal Command’s Public Affairs Office is to tell the stories of all our Signal units, Regional Cyber Centers, Soldiers, Civilians and Families assigned to the 311th SC(T), across the entire Asia-Pacific Theater. We continually seek stories that may be of interest to all of our readers, new voices and fresh perspectives. Contributions are welcome. We reserve the right to edit all manuscripts.


Story ideas, written articles, photos for consideration, questions, may be sent to liana.m.kim2.civ@mail. mil / DSN 315-437-4095 / COM 808-787-4095.



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4 CG’S Star NoteS and CSM’s Angle Messages from the Commanding General and Command Sergeant Major

6 Q&A on Hot Topic Interoperability – what does it mean to you? »»p.10

8 COVER story Welcome home Det 34 – Mission Accomplished!

10 LandWarNet-Pacific Improving our secure network, extending support to the tactical edge

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48 Taking Care of the Homefront Supporting the communities where we live and work

54 Enjoying the Pacific Unique opportunities of our region, on and off duty

60 CCWO’s Technicalities and DAC’s Point of View Messages from the Command Chief Warrant Officer and Senior Technical Advisor

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CG’s Star Notes

ALOHA TEAM! The focus of this volume eight of our magazine is on Interoperability in the Pacific, and what it means to us as Signal operators in the Asia-Pacific region. What does interoperability really mean? This word is not only a mouth full, the topic can also be challenging to talk about, as it means something different to each of us, from the operator configuring equipment, to senior leaders interacting with neighboring nations. See our Q & A on page 6 for a range of perspectives. Looking back on our accomplishments of the past year, we have achieved much on many fronts – we extended our network to support our teams in the Kwajalein Atoll, we’ve endured deployments, summer rotations, taskings, decrements and changes in our Civilian workforce, sequestration and funding challenges for projects vital to national security, as we began the difficult task of collapsing our domains. We bade farewell to some teammates and welcomed others, and we gained greater fidelity and prioritization of numerous priorities through our Project Synchronization Review process. Our semi-annual G6 review sessions provide both internal and external partners a chance to understand and shape our way ahead as we develop an architecture playbook to enhance efficiency and effectiveness of transitioning units within the PACOM environment. Our Regional Cyber Centers and NECs continue to achieve “Excellent” ratings with every inspection which underlines the effectiveness of communications between Soldiers, Civilians and Contractors who, along with our IA professionals, are moving the Pacific to new heights. Our tactical formations are providing much needed support and training to Active and Reserve units as they participate in a myriad of exercises and disaster training missions throughout our AOR. 2016 will bring much change as Melinda and I leave many new friends and colleagues and move toward our next chapter in our lives. We have truly been blessed by the enrichment each and every one of you has brought to our lives and we are thankful for the opportunity to serve this great nation and the Pacific. GOD bless each of you as you continue your extremely important work and for the sacrifices each Soldier, Civilian and Contractor continues to make to enable our Warfighters. I hope you enjoy this 2016 edition of “Premier Signal,” our official publication of the 311th Signal Command, which shares your great stories from across the Pacific and around the globe. Once again, thank you for allowing me the honor of being your Commanding General!

Major General Lawrence Brock, III Commanding General, 311th Signal Command (Theater) G6, U.S. Army, Pacific



CSM’s Corner

SIGNAL WARRIORS. During the past two years as your 311th Signal Command (Theater) Command Sergeant Major, I have had the distinct honor and privilege of working with some of the Army’s best and brightest Signal Soldiers and Civilians. Here in the Pacific we have successfully passed three Command Cyber Readiness Inspections, won the U.S. Army Reserve Command’s Supply Excellence Award in the Property Book Officer Category, and Sgt. 1st Class Woody L. Woodside of the 59th Signal Battalion won both the Network Enterprise Command and Department of the Army level Career Counselor of the Year Best Warrior Competitions. The 307th Expeditionary Signal Battalion successfully completed two deployments in support of the 1st Signal Brigade in Korea. An enormous team effort by the 311th Signal Unit in Costa Mesa, California, led to receiving their first SIPR/NIPR Access Point (SNAP) Terminal, which significantly enhanced our mission capabilities and increased the unit’s relevance throughout the Pacific AOR. In addition to these great accomplishments, we continue to support Army transformation initiatives and our fellow Warfighters. Supporting more than a dozen Pacific Pathways and other exercises each year, we integrate communications and network operations for joint task force missions all over the world and maintain the security and integrity of the LandWarNet-Pacific. The next year will bring many changes to our Army as we know it. The introduction of the revised NCOER, the implementation of the STEP promotion strategy and plans for the blended Retirement Program and reduced Retention Control Points will prove to keep our forces lean and relevant in the years to come. Some of you may have heard, I have been selected to serve as your next NETCOM Command Sergeant Major, so my family and I are transitioning to Fort Huachuca, Arizona this summer. While JungZa, Victoria and I say “so long” with heavy hearts to this beautiful island and all of you in this great organization, I am looking forward to supporting you from afar. I will lead the Soldiers there using the tools, lessons learned and best practices I witnessed while working with the outstanding Soldiers and Civilians here in the Army’s Premier Signal Command! It has been an extreme honor working with our dynamic team of dedicated professionals who have set the bar high in anticipating future communication challenges and implementing lasting solutions. I expect you to reach out, keep in touch, as I will only be a phone call or email away. Likewise, I will be calling on the Soldiers and Civilians of the 311th for your valuable insight on the Pacific area of operation and responsibility within my new role. As we are all familiar with by now, change is constant in our line of work. And yet despite the changes we’ve seen and those sure to follow in the coming years, one thing remains constant: the unending dedication of our Soldiers, Civilians and Families, Darris Curry to meet the mission throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Once again, I want to thank each one of you – and your families – for giving your all, COmmand Sergeant Major 311th Signal Command (Theater) each day, to making our mission a success. PHOENIX 7! 2015 - 2016 | 5

Q & A


Q& A

“Interoperability is the key to our success in the Pacific theater. In fact, it’s the foundation that allows us to build relationships with our partner nations all across the region. It’s vital to remember that achieving interoperability is not only a ‘technical’ solution. Interoperability involves synchronizing procedures and policies - and most importantly - establishing an environment of trust, communication and collaboration with our partners.” LTG Robert Ferrell, U.S. Army CIO/G-6

“Interoperability to me means the ability of each individual or unit to provide or accept services from any other unit (US or Allied forces) without a major change in how this individual or unit performs their mission. It is also the ability of any unit to work and operate together effectively.”

Sgt. 1st Class Elmer M. Tiglao Network Administrator at Regional Cyber Center - Pacific (RCC-P) 4th Signal Center, 516th Signal Brigade, Ft Shafter, Hawaii

INTEROPERABILITY WHAT’S DOES IT MEAN TO YOU? Maj. Gen. Lawrence Brock, III, 311th SC(T) Commander and USARPAC G6, confers with Lt. Col. Richard Abelkis of the USARAPAC G6 team, Col. Daniel Burnett, 311th SC(T) Chief of Staff, and Col. Ba-Keamiorocio Booze, 311th SC(T) Operations Officer.


“Here in the Pacific we have to have a broader approach to global communications and the regional architecture associated with it. The fact that we’re communicating across a space where it’s always winter somewhere and it’s always summer somewhere, and where you could literally go from penguins to polar bears, and from Hollywood to Bollywood, means that our communications will be stretched in ways we don’t experience in other parts of the world.” “Some nations are operating on old radios in the FM spectrum and some are operating command and control purely by cellphone, so how do we bring all that together? The key to setting the theater is identifying the technologies and the policies that will make it possible for the U.S. to be a member of a multinational response.”

GEN Vincent K. Brooks, Former Commander, USARPAC

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Soldiers assigned to the 311th Signal Command (Theater) Support Unit were honored for their service to the country during a Welcome Home ceremony conducted July 12. In attendance were Maj. Gen. Lawrence Brock and Command Sgt. Maj. Darris Curry, command team of the 311th Signal Command (Theater), and Costa Mesa City Council member Sandra Genis. The Soldiers of Detachment 34 returned from deployment to Fort Bliss, March 8, 2015. They augmented the 335th Signal


Command (Theater) (Provisional) during the 12 month deployment. The detachment was responsible for providing and maintaining strategic communication networks in both Afghanistan and Kuwait. Maj. Gen. Brock highlighted the importance of the families at home while their loved ones are deployed. “Today is just as much about the family members as it is about the Soldiers,” said Brock. “This is a chance to say thank you for allowing us to have your sons and daughters, husband and wives, sisters and brothers so they can answer the nations call to

serve and defend.” While deployed Detachment 34 were sought after for their leadership and technical skills according to Capt. Jonathan Cecilio, detachment commander. “Detachment 34 established themselves by being one of the most productive and successful detachments,” said Ceclio. “The junior enlisted Soldiers, noncommissioned officers and officers worked hard every day to focus on the needs of the customers while taking time to work on their own personal and professional development.”

Story And PHOToS by SPEC. Nick Cholula 311th Signal Command (Theater) (Support Unit) COSTA MESA, California

ABOVE: Costa Mesa Councilwoman Sandy Genis expresses gratitude for the 311th Signal Command during the unit’s homecoming celebration. (Daily Pilot by Susan Hoffman)

“Detachment 34 established themselves by being one of the most productive and successful detachments.” - CAPT Cecilio, Detachment 34 Commander

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By Tyler Ogoshi


rmy 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, Sept. 14-18. Throughout the week, attendees traversed the island for team building and professional development events, all of which focused on building camaraderie and esprit-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 Sergeant Major Darris Curry, 311th Signal Command (Theater). 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


Oahu, Hawaii of what we’re reporting and who are reporting, assess the impact, and then work on educating and reforming our service members,” said Lieutenant General Robert S. Ferrell, Army Chief Information Officer/G-6, of his team’s near-term objectives. During his brief at the 30th Signal Battalion on Schofield Barracks, Major General 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. Team building events throughout the week included bowling tournaments, biking, a golf scramble sponsored by the Signal Corps Regimental


ABOVE: Rear Admiral Kathleen M. Creighton, Director for Command, Control, Communications and Cyber, U.S. Pacific Command, speaks to an audience comprised of Signaleers about the importance of joint operations during the Communicators Forum at the Wheeler Army Air Force Chapel, Sep. 15. BELOW: Signaleers of the Pacific kick off Signal Week with a canoe paddling team building event at Rainbow Marina, Pearl Harbor, Sep. 14.

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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 on Friday, 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’ multi-media 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 ballroom.


“You have all worked very hard, and it has not gone unnoticed,” Major General 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.” BELOW: The 311th’s 2015 Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, Staff Sgt. Eric Black, Jr., and Soldier of the Year, Spec. 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 Signal Ball at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Sep. 18. The ball was the final event of Pacific Signal Week 2015.




oldiers and leaders of 1st Signal Brigade gathered for Signal Week at United States Army Garrison Yongsan, May 4-8, 2015. After the welcome brief and Brigade run, for which the entire Brigade gathered to enhance physical readiness, the week officially kicked off with multiple training opportunities including a Town Hall, noncommissioned officer professional development and the re-enlistment of Soldiers. “As a member of the allied forces between two nations, it is a great opportunity for me to actually contribute to building combined forces,” said Pfc. Lee, Sang Hee, Unit Supply Specialist, 1st Signal Brigade. “During Signal Week, I’ve been able to help with communication between the Republic of Korea Army and the U.S. Army. For major Signal events like this, the most important thing is establishing communication. It has been an honor to interact with Soldiers and leaders from 1st Signal Brigade while enhancing communication readiness as well as physical might by taking part in the Brigade’s events.” In the next phase, Soldiers and leaders of 1st Signal Brigade, along with Lt. Gen. Robert S. Ferrell, CECOM Commanding General, Chief Information Officer/G-6 and Maj. Gen. Lawrence Brock, III, Commanding General, 311st Signal Command (Theater), hosted the Golf Scramble at the Sungnam Golf Club, providing a great chance to reinforce connection and communication as well as team building. Lt. Gen. Robert S. Ferrell, CECOM Commanding General, Chief Information Officer/G-6 greeted Soldiers and thier guests with his welcoming speech at the Signal Ball, held at the Hyatt in Seoul on the last day of Signal Week. “It is truly an honor to be surrounded by so many dedicated Soldiers and leaders, and by our sister service teammates, our tremendous ROK allies, our stellar Civilian professionals, our supporters from the Signal Corps Regimental Association, and by our Families who are with us and those who are back at home but here in spirit tonight,’ said Ferrell.

“And I appreciate what your service here represents. It represents an alliance between the people of two nations with a common commitment to freedom and democracy. It represents a safe and secure present where the American and Korean people can prosper and flourish. It also represents a hopeful future, not only for our two nations but also for people all around the globe. The significance of what you do for the security of this region cannot be overstated.” “This is also a very important time for our Signal Regiment because our Signaleers play a growing and vital role, here on the peninsula and all across our operating forces,” said Ferrell. “All of you in the Army have a ‘once in a generation’ opportunity to shape how our Army, our Joint Force, and our Regiment will conduct operations for years to come.”

Sgt. Maj. Earl B. Allen, Army Chief Information Officer/G-6 Sergeant Major, speaks at the motion picture and television fund theater, USAG Yongsan, South Korea on May 6 during the Noncommissioned officer professional development. (U.S. Army Photo by Cpl. Byun, Jae Hyuk) 2015 - 2016 | 13



ignal leaders and professionals from across the AsiaPacific region converged on Oahu for the 311th Signal Command’s third semi-annual Project Synchronization Review and G6/S6 workshop at the Post Conference Facility, 3-6 Nov. “I’ve attended every 311th/G6 PSR since becoming the USFK/ J6 in 2014, and wouldn’t want to miss it,” said Air Force Col. Kevin Payne, J6, U.S. Forces, Korea. “It has been the best meeting for fellow Communicators to


collaborate, prioritize and develop solutions for advancing C4I initiatives across the region.” The PSR came about to draw focus on a significant number of validated theater requirements that have been circulating for years as line items on a spreadsheet for the senior decision makers, which yielded little traction. It was clear from the very first PSR hosted in Korea that we were on to something and that each PSR since than have been game changers. The ability to get the

senior decision makers in a room focused solely on the Pacific and turning those line items into real requirements has translated into significant support. “The purpose of this new recurring event is to provide key stakeholders an update on project planning efforts, create a shared understanding of project status, enable stakeholders to provide feedback to decision makers, and highlight possible funding issues or deficiencies,” said Albert “Charles” Saunders, IT Program


ERATIONS IN THE PACIFIC Manager, 311th SC(T), G35. Designed to achieve the most synergy possible during the limited days together, the event kicks off with the PSR, led by the 311th Signal Command (Theater), for the first two days, followed by two days of G6/S6 workshop led by the U.S. Army Pacific G6 team. “The PSR3 conference was very productive, both in building relationships with distant partners, and improving our understanding of one another’s projects and priorities. While funding was a

major part of the discussions, it felt not as if we were in competition, but that we were helping one another understand our challenges and identifying opportunities to gain efficiencies by solving similar problems together,” said Col. Don Willadsen, Co-Chair, C4I Working Group, YRP/LPP, who also travelled from Korea for the PSR. “As joint and Army communicators, much of our effort is spent on system interoperability to build a better network to enable the warfighter,”

Willadsen said, “In conferences like the PSR, we improve our human interoperability to build better partnerships that we require to achieve that goal.”






oldiers of Charlie Company, 304th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, 1st Signal Brigade conducted a Field Training Exercise at Camp Humphreys Combine Field Army, June 15 -19, 2015. The training was designed to give the unit the opportunity to exercise in a field environment, validate its tactical network communication assemblages, and support Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 304th Expeditionary Signal Battalion during the first round of the Philip A. Connelly Field Competition. Charlie Company deployed 53 Soldiers equipped with weapons, protective masks, and night vision capability to the CFA in the course of providing Soldiers with the experience in a tactical environment. “The Field Training Exercise is an opportunity for junior leaders to train Warrior Tasks that


reinforce the unit’s mission essential task list,” said Capt. Geryah A. Dingle, Commander, C Co, 304th Expeditionary Signal Battalion. “The Company focused on conducting mission command, deployment/redeployment operations, and protecting the force tasks that enable the development of a proud, responsive, and combat ready team,” said 1st Sgt. Marcus J. Mares, First Sergeant, C Co, 304th Expeditionary Signal Battalion. “Pre-staging the convoy chalks, loading Communications Security into Advanced System Improvement Program radios, configuring Blue Force Trackers, creating and executing load plans, and performing maintenance checks and services on rolling stock illustrated the proper procedures that must be conducted before any Soldier leaves the motor pool.” A stepping stone for Battalion Digital Gunnery and Ulchi Freedom Guardian Fiscal Year 15, the exercise

gave Soldiers an opportunity to become familiar with setting up equipment such as an OE-254 antenna, a Blue Force Tracker, Advanced System Improvement Program and Cambium radios. “The exercise also allowed Soldiers to develop standard operating procedures and refine their tactics, techniques and procedures for risk management and preparing the unit for tactical convoy,” said 2nd Lt. Megan E. Churning, Platoon Leader, C Co, 304th Expeditionary Signal Battalion. “Troop Leading Procedures for both leaders and junior Soldiers are critical aspects of mission success.” Visiting the troops at Camp Humphreys CFA, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Arnetra J. Hughes, 1st Signal Brigade Food Advisor, said the Field Connelly Competition conducted by the dining facility personnel of HHC, 304th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, enabled both units to ripen the dynamics of mutual cooperation within the Battalion. “Charlie Company Soldiers provided and maintained the physical security of the competition site, while HHC personnel set up, operated, and maintained the Mobile Kitchen Trailer,” said Hughes. “HHC deployed Food Service Specialists to conduct field feeding operations, serving 10 hot meals to Charlie Company Soldiers.” The Crusader Soldiers also increased their survivability skills through Counter-Improvised Explosive Device training conducted with the Asia Pacific C-IED Fusion Center-Korea. On 18 June, a mobile training team visited the CFA to provide instruction on the most current and popular forms of Improvised Explosive Devices found in the Pacific, and conduct situational training exercise lanes. “As a result of the implementation of the TLPs down to the Team Chief level, the Charlie Company Crusaders were able to successfully accomplish its mission in a field environment, validating its tactical network communication assemblages, and supporting HHC, 304th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, during the Philip A. Connelly Field Competition,” said Dingle. “The Field Training Exercise, with its emphasis on conducting mission command, deployment/redeployment operations, and protecting the force tasks, postured the unit to get ready for future success during Battalion Digital Gunnery and 2015 Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercises.”

Charlie Company, 304th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, Soldiers conduct familiarization training on the employment of night vision goggles and nightly terrain walks in order to ensure the Soldiers’ readiness to adapt to diverse operating environments at the Camp Humphreys CFA.

Command Sgt. Maj. Adam H. Tweedell, 304th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, joins Charlie Company NCOs during the field training exercise for a hot meal prepared by the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 304th ESB Food Service Specialists on the Mobile Kitchen Trailer at the Camp Humphreys CFA. 2015 - 2016 | 17





Story by Cpl. Jae Hyuk Byun 1st Signal Brigade Public Affairs Office USAG YONGSAN, KOREA


st Signal Brigade Commander Col. Arvesta P. Roberson and brigade Command Sergeant Major Andy G. Frye visited corps and U.S. Army Posts around the Korean peninsula during the 2015 Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise, Aug. 17-25, 2015. Frye and Roberson visited the sites to meet Soldiers and leaders in person, discuss ways to strengthen the alliance the U.S. Army shares with the ROK Army, and encourage them to actively participate in joint signal training as they do each year for the UFG exercise. Command Post Node Team 546, Charlie Company, 304th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, Soldiers during support operations for 168 Multifunctional Medical Battalion at Camp Carroll TA 60, on August 21, 2015.

The command team’s Battle Field Circulation tour included the third Republic of Korea Army base in Yongin, Command Post TANGO in Seongnam, Camp Red Cloud in Uijeongbu, New Mexico Range, U.S. Army Garrsion Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, K-16 Air Base Army Base in Seongnam, 5th Corps in Idong, 6th Corps in Pocheon, and Camp Casey in Dongducheon, Korea. “This kind of joint training between two nations prepares us for the real situations when something really happens.” said Pvt. Briana S. Oliver, Information Technology Specialist, 304th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, 1st Signal Brigade. “It gives us the baseline of what we need to get done and the importance of having connection, so we can communicate with each other.” “Through the exercise, we’ve learned a lot about our assistance and our jobs.” said Oliver. “The 304th ESB’s task in this exercise is to see how long it takes to fight back and provide communication around the peninsula when an enemy tries to invade, which gives us a key role in battlefield operations. I think this training is really helpful for both nations, and it definitely helps us build connection and see how we work together.” Soldiers of 1st Signal Brigade worked side by side with the ROK Army throughout the exercise. Soldiers and leaders from 304th ESB actively took part in the exercise, giving ROK Soldiers the ability to support critical command posts around the South Korean peninsula. “The training gives you more of actual experiences when you are setting up the signal equipment, so that you can troubleshoot in exactly the same way as you have learned in the classroom environment at Signal school.” said Pfc. Jessica A. Hagerty, Multichannel Transmission Systems Operator and Maintainer, 304th ESB, 1st Signal Brigade. “And it gives you an idea of dealing with different things, as here you can cooperate with ROK Army Soldiers and leaders, in the mountains that we don’t have back at Camp Humphreys.” “This also prepares us for various obstacles because Korea itself provides unique challenges, and we have an opportunity to use our assets to overcome those challenges.” said Hagerty. “You can get to know where you’re setting up the communication equipment, how it is going to work, and who you are communicating with.”

Frye and Roberson circulated the main operation sites on the South Korean peninsula to make sure that the Signal Soldiers and leaders of the brigade are taking thorough charge of the Signal equipment and taking part in the exercise with the entire members being well organized in the course of the joint training. They also encouraged both U.S. Soldiers and ROK Army Soldiers to take extra care of operating Signal equipment and be more cautious and alert in this kind of real-time simulation joint exercise. The Command Team’s Battle Field Circulation facilitated the combined training between two allied nations, helping strengthen the alliance, provide training opportunities to improve Warfighting skills and increase interoperability. While participating in the joint communication training, Sgt. Joshua T. Menning, Team Chief, Bravo Co., 304th ESB, 1st Signal Brigade, shared his thoughts of the training. “The overall importance of this kind of training is that it allows consolidation with ROK Army forces and increased interoperability.” said Menning. “Both nations’ Army would be able to achieve synergic effects and strengthen interoperability. It is a valuable experience to get so many Soldiers and leaders from both nations together to do such a complex job.”

Pvt. Clarence Burrus, Command Post Node Team 555 in support of 65th Medical Brigade, checks the engine oil level during daily Preventive Maintenance Checks and Services for a vehicle in order to identify potential issues and keep the equipment in the best possible condition at USAG-Yongsan on August 24, 2015 2015 - 2016 | 19




ne Soldier of the 333rd Signal Company, 78th Signal Battalion, participated in the 2015 Talisman Sabre, a biennial joint exercise conducted with the Australian Army. As a company liaison, Spec. Lane was attached to Marine Wing Communications Squadron 18, and witnessed the largest iteration of the exercise to date, including more than 30,000 U.S. and Australian troops and 40 Japan Self Defense Force personnel. Straddling the Pacific offers its fair share of challenges to the 78th Signal Battalion, yet one would be hard pressed to find some of its unique opportunities in a more traditional operating environment. The battalion’s area of operations spans from Camp Zama, Japan, to Okinawa and Guam. The battalion shares Camp Zama with the Japan Ground Self Defense Force and regularly conducts bilateral training and exercises. Word has it, they even have an “S5” bilateral operations officer who also serves as the battalion commander’s interpreter at official functions. On Okinawa, the battalion footprint stretches from Naha to Nago, covering nearly the entire island. The 349th Signal Company currently operates on Marine Corps Camp Foster while its headquarters on Torii Station are being rebuilt. Fort Buckner, being adjacent to Camp Foster, is also in a prime location to take part in interagency missions and training. “During the setup of the site, I had the opportunity to work alongside the Marines to assemble the Harris Lightweight Multi-band Satellite Terminal, and I assembled a satellite terminal from the ground up for the first time in my career,” Lane said. “I was assigned the responsibility of communicating with the satellite controllers via Iridium phone to help streamline initial access and troubleshoot communications while we established our link with Fort Buckner. My primary role was to act as the liaison between the Marine communications squadron in Australia, and the satellite controllers at Fort Buckner. I also helped


with menial tasks such as day-to-day maintenance of the equipment, watering the ground cables, answering phones, and of course, serving chow.” Setup of all of the communications equipment used in the exercise took around four days. Despite some minor technical delays, all of the equipment was operational well within the timeline established by the airfield command. During the only communications outage of the exercise, Spec. Lane found himself explaining 333rd Signal Company’s operations on Fort Buckner and its role in the exercise to the staff officers and NCOs. “The experience greatly increased my knowledge of basic satellite communications operations and provided me with my first hands-on experience with tactical satellite equipment. It also allowed me to gain familiarity with the procedures and terminology used by the tactical Marine units we support at Fort Buckner,” Lane said, “I know this will prove beneficial when working with them in the future. I left MWCS-18 with a clearer picture of Fort Buckner’s capabilities and operating procedures. Most importantly, the experience provided me a greater understanding of the importance of our work at Fort Buckner and the vital role we play in the Pacific Theater.” Sometimes the best way to learn about your own organization is by gaining an outside perspective. The many joint and bilateral operations the Soldiers of the 78th support offer endless opportunities for self-assessment. It is essential that the Soldiers stationed here understand their importance in the overall mission of the U.S. Armed Forces. Interagency and bilateral operations may be the best way to assess our actual operational readiness, so unit leaders include as many of their Soldiers as possible, whenever possible. Fortunately for the “Mighty 78th,” these opportunities are abundant.

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s Alaska transitioned into its summer solstice, Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines prepared themselves for the joint training exercise, Northern Edge 15, June 15-26. The exercise is conducted to improve interoperability between all of the U.S. branches of military service. “This is the clear demonstration of that partnership. As a single service, we can’t get things done by ourselves. It takes all four components as well as our interagency partners to bring all this together. If you have a chance to walk around, you may have noticed that we have satellite communication in play, IPbased type networks, to links not only in dispersed locations but also to bring those communication and networks together in order to provide that overall picture for the commander,” said USAF Col. Harold Hoang, Alaska Command J6 OIC. “So, again, this is a clear demonstration of that partnership that we need to have among the four services as well as our interagency mission partners to make this happen.”

Of the many Soldiers who participated in the exercise, the 59th Signal Battalion played a major role in NE 15. Throughout the exercise, the 59th provided strategic and tactical comms to other units, some being from the other sister services. Assigned to the 59th, Charlie Co. is co-located on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. While C Co. is assigned to the 59th, they actually fall under the 307th Expeditionary Signal Battalion out in Helemano Military Reservation, Hawaii. During the exercise, C Co. provided comms throughout various tactical field sites for other elements. “For the exercise, Northern Edge, we are providing SIPR and NIPR data and voice links for the Marines, Air Force, Navy, and other counterparts,” said Sgt. Ulysses Morgan, C Co., 307th ESB. “It’s a great exercise. We learn a lot more from working with different branches of the military. For two of my

Soldiers here this is their first field exercise. They saw first-hand how our equipment is put into play and how we provide links for other people. It’s a very good learning exercise for them.” This is one of several U.S. Pacific Command exercises that ensures our joint forces are able to respond to different types of disasters within the Pacific Rim. Participants of the exercise improve and maintain their skills by conducting operations, techniques, and procedures. At the end of day, the 59th Signal Battalion played a critical role in Northern Edge 15 and displayed their disaster response readiness by providing solid communications for all participating elements, to include the four branches of service as well as interagency mission partners.

TO THE LEFT: Soldiers of Charlie Co., 307th Expeditionary Signal Battalion (ESB) conduct a power balance on the Phoenix to get a better receive from their distant end at Joint Base ElmendorfRichardson, Alaska, June 19, 2015. BELOW: A Soldier from Charlie Co., 307th Expeditionary Signal Battalion (ESB) ensures network

connections are running smoothly in support of Northern Edge 15 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, June 19, 2015. Part of Charlie Co. was on standby in case a disaster causes comms to go down, then they will provide emergency communications capabilities to ensure the mission can continue.

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BEYOND THE TANKS: Digital Gunnery Yields Combat Ready Signal Teams


Pfc. John E. Menger, a Satellite Communication Systems Operator-Maintainer assigned to Charlie Company, 304th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, checks generator settings July, 17 2015 during Digital Gunnery, Table VI, at Camp Humphreys, Korea. 24 | PREMIER SIGNAL

By Capt. Geryah A. Dingle

o ensure the development of proud, responsive and combat ready teams prepared to support the Korean Theater of Operations, Soldiers of the 304th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, 1st Signal Brigade, implemented the first iteration of the Army Signal Corps’ Digital Gunnery training and certification event here, in July 2015. “The Digital Gunnery methodology enables dispersed forces, enhanced through network connectivity, to maneuver from multiple locations in order to seize, retain, and exploit the initiative – a must in the KTO,” said Lt. Col. Alfredo Rodriguez III, Battalion Commander, 304th Expeditionary Signal Battalion. “The program addresses the Army’s increasing need to provide ready tailorable forces to a growing number of contingency operations by leveraging the latest communication systems that represent a force multiplier to the Joint Force Commander.” To increase the efficiency and effectiveness of teamlevel signal training, Rodriguez encouraged the use of a table approach to crew certification that builds from individual to collective tasks. “Each table incrementally builds and concludes with a final crew evaluation by the battalion digital master gunner, similar to the armored gunnery concept,” said Sgt. 1st Class Jamie P. Skinner, Digital Master Gunnery Sergeant for 304th ESB, whose operations staff developed a signal gunnery training strategy for use at the company and battalion levels. The battalion digital master gunner resourced additional evaluators from the companies to administer Digital Gunnery to 30 teams, and provided general support for the training event. “Digital Gunnery is most easily conducted in any area where multiple teams can readily ground their equipment, establish a signal site, and mark their radiation zones appropriately,” said Sgt. Maj

Douglas A. Bram, 304th ESB Operations Sergeant Major. “A quality logistics support plan and contact teams with mechanics and electronic systems support are crucial to on-site maintenance procedures and troubleshooting intricate system malfunctions to keep equipment operable and sustain digital gunnery operations.” For team-level preparation, the 304th ESB allotted dedicated time to rehearse deployment operations and train on communication systems. Sgt. 1st Class Jarod L. Mendoza, Platoon Sergeant, Charlie Company, 304th ESB, said the companies qualify teams on the first five tables (Tables I-V) so that experienced digital master gunners can focus on evaluating each team’s Table VI gunnery iteration during range time. “Teams must successfully complete the gunnery skills tasks in Tables I-V prior to Table VI gunnery to ensure proficiency and avoid costly operator errors, said Capt. Eric Z. Conteh, 304th Plans Officer. “This approach builds and shapes crews into responsive and ready teams that are agile, adaptive, and independent.” Once teams completed their digital gunnery prerequisites and arrived at the battalion Table VI evaluation range, they met the support detail for an operations brief and provided communication support to a simulated warfighter command post in a field environment within a fixed timeframe for small, medium, or large network teams. “This was a culminating event that was both rewarding and informative by identifying strengths and exposing areas of improvement for retraining,” said 1st Lt. Eric Thorsen, Executive Officer, Alpha Company, 304th ESB. He said teams were also certified to train new crew members during platoon and company events. The Joint Network Node 51 team assigned to Charlie Company, 307th ESB, established itself as the “top gun” and record holder for Digital Gunnery, when the crew successfully provided services to customers over three network enclaves in 18 minutes. “The Soldiers, led by Team Chief Sgt. Patrick H. Kaine, arrived on site and immediately executed their role in accomplishing the Table VI digital gunnery tasks,” said Skinner. “It was simply remarkable to witness, they each pushed each other to surpass the 90 minute standard and earned the top gun honors.”

“Once teams are proficient, digital gunnery enables cross training and the development of crew drill standard operating procedures to provide to the next rotation of incoming personnel,” Mendoza said. Teams conduct a quarterly gunnery event to prepare for KTO bi-annual exercises or when their compositions change, to accomodate the annual cycle of personnel and rotational forces in Korea. “Teams stay ready to ‘Fight Tonight’ with fully qualified, confident, and experienced operators that have worked together prior to deployment,” said 2nd Lt. Megan Churning, Platoon Leader, Charlie Company, 304th ESB. “Meant to prepare, evaluate, and simulate what it is like for young noncommissioned officers to lead signal teams in deployments supporting the warfighter, 304th ESB Digital Gunnery is a vital reoccurring target training event,” said 1st Sgt. Marcus J. Mares, First Sergeant, Charlie Company, 304th ESB. “Digital Gunnery builds Soldier and leader confidence and competence in leveraging the latest tactical network communication assemblages to support the KTO with proud, responsive and combat ready teams.” Sgt. Patrick H. Kaine, Joint Network Node 51 team chief assigned to Charlie Company, 307th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, received top gun honors on July 31, 2015 from Col. Joseph C. Holland, Garrison Commander, United States Army Garrison Humphreys, Installation Management Command Pacific Region, for leading his team to through a record setting Digital Gunnery crew drill.

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Integrated Signal team trains together


ignal Soldiers of the 1st Signal Brigade and the Tennessee Army National Guard came together to provide support for the 2015 Ulchi-Freedom-Guardian exercise at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan. Leaders and Soldiers of the 1st Signal Brigade, along with National Guard Soldiers of the 155th Signal Company and the 230th Signal Company, facilitated consolidation and increased interoperability during the joint training. “We are here to augment the 1st Signal Brigade and support UFG 2015,” said Capt. Gilbert Abrams, Company Commander, 155th Signal Company, from Alamo, Tenn. “As an integrated team, we assist 1st Signal Brigade while setting up the signal equipment such as Satellite Transport Terminal and laying out cables on the mission spot. I expect my Soldiers to learn how to work with the Active Component Soldiers, so each can see how the other works.” While operating in South Korea provides some very unique challenges, Soldiers of the 1st Signal Brigade and the National Guard units had the opportunity to join forces to meet those challenges. “The purpose of this training is to set up signal equipment to provide command teams with communications for the exercise,” said 1st Sgt. Timothy Taylor, 155th Signal Company. “I expect a lot of camaraderie, and look forward to working with allied units and learning what they do and how

they function. This training will be a great opportunity to broaden the experience for National Guard Soldiers, many of whom have not flown outside the U.S. before.” “We’re here to set up the cables and maintain them on the Korean Peninsula.” said Spec. Repp Cody, Cable systems Installer and Maintainer, 230th Signal Company, from Nashville, Tenn. “Our primary purpose is supporting UFG 2015. We’re having an unique opportunity that we couldn’t have in the places we’ve been before. That is why we feel the task is more difficult and important than ever, and we should work together.” The joint training kicked off with the Seoul Tower run, enhancing the physical readiness of Soldiers and providing the opportunity for team building. Soldiers from the 1st Signal Brigade and allied units ran all the way up to the Seoul Tower, adjacent to U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan. “It was rough,” said Spec.. Micaela Crowley, Cable Systems Installer and Maintainer, 230th Signal Company. “Though people kept saying the hills are pretty big, I didn’t think it was going to be that hard. But I liked it and enjoyed it very much.” “It’s exciting for our National Guard Soldiers to board a plane to the Korean peninsula, and to provide support for the exercise,” said Taylor, “and they did very well.”

by Cpl. Jae Hyuk Byun, 1st Signal Brigade

Soldiers of 155th Signal Company and 230th Signal Company conduct physical readiness training before Seoul Tower Run at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, Aug. 11, 2015.


extending the NETWORK TO Kwajalein island


en Soldiers and Civilians of the 30th Signal Battalion deployed to migrate all Secure Internet Protocol Router (SIPR) network traffic and devices to the newly installed LandWarNet-Pacific (LWN-P) on the remote Kwajalein Atoll, August 10 – 31, 2015. The team, led by the Battalion S3, consisted of members from desktop service, server management, network management, service desk and information assurance. They travelled by air more than 2,000 miles to support the transition of baseline C4IM services from USASMDC and ARSTRAT to NETCOM in the remote location. This no-fail mission was puzzling because of the new customer community who were unfamiliar with Team 30th’s business practices. The absence of unit level Tier zero Information Management Officers posed another challenge.

With a network transition window of less than 14 business days, Team 30th worked diligently to educate and mentor their new customers. Sgt. Joshua Hammond, Senior Cable System Installer and Maintainer from the 396th Signal Company, traveled with the team to conduct the three-week mission in the remote location. “The tiger teamwork was amazing,” said Hammond. “We 28 | PREMIER SIGNAL

started coming together and using our resources. I have never worked with these people before, but working with them was outstanding. I learned how their system worked and how they operated.” Prior to this deployment, members of 516th Signal Brigade, 4th Regional Cyber Center Pacific and Team 30th engineered and installed the Top Level Architecture and Core network architecture over the last 12 months. The final step was to execute the transition. The team required support from the RCC-P to process approximately eight Enclave Security Requests to ensure full connectivity to outside resources for the new network. The success of the migration required close coordination with Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site mission operations on Kwajalein Atoll. It also required all migration tasks to be completed prior to the scheduled deactivation of the old telecommunications circuit on August 31st to ensure

the new customers on Kwajalein Atoll were provided an uninterrupted transition to LWN-P SIPR network services. The deployed team had assistance on ground


By Capt. Timothy Mussack, 30th Signal Battalion

from two 30th Signal Battalion Department of the Army Civilians assigned to Kwajalein and multiple contractors from Kwajalein Range Service Information Systems Division (KRSIS). These two entities were left with the responsibility of operating and maintaining the network following the transition. Team 30th not only successfully

completed all tasks on time, but also strengthened the working relationships between both customers and contract workers from KRS-IS. “Team 30th rose to the occasion,” said Lt. Col.

Kevin MacNeil, Commander of the 30th Signal Battalion. “Given only a week to prepare, they quickly assembled, organized and gathered all necessary equipment. The team represented the best of Team 30th, Soldiers and Department of the Army Civilians working side-by-side to meet the short timeline. I’m proud of their success and we are excited to move into the next phase of bringing the LWN-P to Kwajalein Atoll.” Team 30th improved the customer experience by teaching users how to fill out account request paperwork, personally imaging user computers and taking on the responsibility of migrating servers onto the LWN-P. Next up for Kwajalein Atoll is the migration of Voice

and Non-Secure Internet Protocol Routers network services onto the LWN-P. This effort is currently in the planning stage at the 516th Signal Brigade. Team 30th looks forward to starting the migration and the continued effort to embrace Kwajalein Atoll as an extension of the Hawaii LWN-P. 2015 - 2016 | 29


Photos courtesy of 59th Sig. Bn. Soldiers 30 | PREMIER SIGNAL

Story by MAJ. VAN Meter

ry mmunications in The Last Frontier

First WIN-T deployment north of the Arctic Circle Deadhorse, Alaska O

n the north coast of Alaska, winter temperatures are in the negatives and a bone-chilling wind sweeps across desolate white plains. High above, the Northern Lights dance across the sky and change colors like a thousand rainbows against a backlit canopy of stars. While Soldiers and tactical Signal gear are unlikely sights in such a serene and remote location, a small team of Soldiers from Charlie Company, 307th Expeditionary Signal Battalion broke new ground for the Signal Corps by deploying to support Exercise Spartan Pegasus in February 2015. The Soldiers and their Satellite Transportable Terminal, part of a Command Post Node package from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, marked the first successful establishment of a Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) system north of the Arctic Circle. The large-scale exercise which validates Soldier mobility across frozen terrain involves several agencies including U.S. Army Alaska, the Air Force, the Alaska National Guard, and the state of Alaska. 2015 - 2016 | 31





When I joined the Army, I never imagined I would be conducting an operation in the Arctic Circle. Army leaders in Alaska are ever appreciative of support and resources sent North to the Future. According to Army Signal leaders here, increased availability of satellite systems will ensure Signal units and personnel can effectively continue serving as the Voice of the Arctic.

As with any first experience, the Soldiers faced numerous challenges and anxiety of the unknown. “The talk among everyone was that it couldn’t be was too far north” said Sgt. John McCollam, CPN team lead. “We sensed a lot of doubt among others, but our job was to make it happen. We were so excited when we established a link and made a Voice over IP call to the battalion commander.” The team was able to successfully pass robust amounts of data and make clear phone calls from their CPN just as mission commanders have come to expect in other locations or theaters. The significance of this cannot be understated. This validation proved that Brigade Combat Teams can deploy above the 70th parallel and utilize all of their mission command systems effectively. This will allow those Brigade Combat Teams to conduct sustained operations with unprecedented amounts of information superiority in this region of the world. The strategic implications of climate change such as the opening of new shipping lanes and increased access to natural resources in the arctic provide many reasons to demonstrate military capabilities in order to secure and defend this territory. As international awareness of these impending changes increases, neighboring nations continue to invest in their ability to project influence within the Arctic Circle. As in the State of Alaska’s motto, Army leaders in Alaska are ever appreciative of support and resources sent “North to the Future.” According to Army Signal leaders here, increased availability of satellite systems will ensure Signal units and personnel can effectively continue serving as the “Voice of the Arctic” in the last frontier. During the exercise, paratroopers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division conducted an airborne insertion to secure an objective and deliver supplies for the exercise near Deadhorse, Alaska, about 900 miles from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. This was the second time U.S. Army Alaska attempted and successfully conducted airborne operations this far north, and the largest operation supported in the past 10 years. “When I joined the Army, I never imagined I would be conducting an operation in the Arctic Circle, much less ever go there in my lifetime,” said 1st Platoon Leader 1st Lt. Philip Glandon, “It was awesome!” 2015 - 2016 | 33


Training on new satellite Helemano Military Reservation

Soldiers from the 307th ESB train on upgraded SNAP satellite terminals at Helemano Military Reservation to be ready for future rapid deployments.


newly fielded ground satellite terminal that supports company-sized elements and remote forward operating bases is now smaller, lighter and easier to set up than its predecessor, aiding in the Army’s push for a more expeditionary force. “Our mission as an Expeditionary Signal Battalion in the Pacific is to deploy on short notice anywhere within the Pacific theater, which is over 50 percent of the globe,” said Lt. Col. Mark Miles, Commander, 307th ESB, 516th Sig. Brigade, 311th Sig. Command (Theater). “These new terminals will make us lighter and faster to support that mission.” The Army fielded the upgraded secure/non-secure access point satellite terminals, or SNAPs, in May to the 307th, which is colocated with the 311th at Fort


Shafter. New equipment training was conducted in June, here. The 307th ESB was the first fielding to support the Army Requirements Oversight Council decision of Oct. 2, 2012, calling for hundreds of reset SNAPs and even smaller suitcasesized Global Rapid Response Information Packages (GRRIPs) to be used as bridging capability until the respective heavy and light versions of the Army’s Transportable Tactical Command Communications (T2C2) program are ready to begin fielding. T2C2 is a new program of record that will provide robust voice and data communications in the early phases of joint operations and extend the network to the tactical edge during later operational phases. Its transportable satellite terminals will connect small company and team-sized elements

to the high capacity Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) network. “As the Army continues to incrementally improve its network, fielding these bridging solutions gets needed capability into the hands of these smaller units now, instead of several years down the road,” said Lt. Col. Leonard Newman, Product Manager for Satellite Communications, assigned to the WIN-T program office, which manages the SNAPs and the T2C2 program. “The sooner we can increase unit agility and the ability to communicate from remote locations, the better. That is what the T2C2 bridging solutions are all about.” Soldiers from the 307th ESB said the newly fielded SNAPs will improve their unit’s speed of deployment, an important factor given their unit’s location

terminals is a ‘SNAP’ for the 307th by Amy Walker ARMY News Service Story and photos Previously Published july 9, 2015

Soldiers from the 307th ESB practice troubleshooting procedures during equipment training for SNAP bridging terminals. and mission. The 307th needs to deploy as rapidly as possible when called to provide signal support for human assistant missions and natural disasters in the entire Pacific arena, or in support of other Army units that don’t have their own communication equipment. Legacy SNAPs fielded to Iraq and Afghanistan required nine transit cases to deploy, but the new SNAP bridging capability only requires five, and those cases are now 64 percent lighter than before. “These terminals are quick and easy to setup, and there is little configuration for technicians to worry about; it’s pretty much plug and play,” said Staff Sgt. Jerrell Barber, Company B, 307th ESB network operations. The SNAP bridging capability can be used for early entry scenarios in new areas of

operations as forces gradually build up the network, from small terminals, such as GRRIPs that can jump with paratroopers from a plane, to the full-blown WIN-T Increment 1 network capability in larger aircraft. SNAPs can also make it easier and quicker for small units like companies to maneuver their command posts when they need to relocate and/or to support a Tactical Command Post scenario where a smaller networked element is located forward of the main command post. “It can take up to a few days by the time you coordinate air transport for larger WIN-T assets. With the new SNAP, we can drive it down to the airfield right now with a couple of people, and we’re ready to catch the next aircraft smoking out of here,” said Sgt. 1st Class Lorence Werener, 307th ESB

SATCOM NCO. With the new easily transportable SNAP bridging capability, the Army is more flexible, efficient and effective, sending out right-sized units to support missions anywhere in the world. “We, as an Army, fight on the network. Every element has a requirement to be a part of the digital effort that enables our military, and the SNAP allows us to reach every single level, not just company, but platoon and section, if needed,” Miles said. “It’s versatile, whether it’s supporting five Soldiers on a really important mission in the middle of nowhere or 50 or more on a forward operating base. The SNAP is an appropriate means of support.”

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Lt. Col. Kevin R. Lynch, Outgoing Commander, 36th Signal Battalion, 1st Signal Brigade, presents the Battalion colors to Col. Arvesta P. Roberson, Brigade Commander, 1st Signal Brigade during a Change of Command Ceremony at U.S. Army Garrison Walker on July 28 2015. (U.S. Army Photo by Cpl. Byun, Jae Hyuk) 36 | PREMIER SIGNAL


As leaders transition, team maintains Signal excellence


by Cpl. Jae Hyuk Byun, 1st Signal Brigade Public Affairs Office

oldiers and Korean augmentees to the United States Army, Civilians and Army staff members bade farewell to outgoing 36th Signal Battalion Commander, Lt. Col. Kevin R. Lynch and welcomed the new commander, Lt. Col. Erik E. Koenig, during a Change of Command Ceremony at U.S. Army Garrison Walker, July 28, 2015. As the reviewing officer, Col. Arvesta P. Roberson, 1st Signal Brigade Commander, oversaw the change of command. In his remarks, he greeted all in attendance, thanked Lynch for a successful tour and welcomed Koenig as the new commander. After the invocation and national anthems of both the U.S. and the Republic of Korea, Roberson, Lynch and Koenig, took their places on the ready line and marched towards Command Sgt. Maj. Franklin B. Benabise and his formation of Soldiers with the battalion’s guidon. The passing of the guidon represents the transfer of command and authority for 36th Signal Battalion’s mission and welfare of the Soldiers of the 36th Signal Battalion. Benabise passed the guidon to Lynch, signifying the Battalion’s appreciation for his leadership during his command. Lynch then passed it to Roberson, as his last official act as the commander of 36th Sig. Bn. Roberson then presented the guidon to Koenig,

emphasizing the leadership role he now assumes. “I have been very fortunate over the last two years, because I have been surrounded by some of the best Soldiers and Civilians in the Army,” said Lynch. “These past two years of command have been an honor and a great privilege. The opportunity to lead American and Korean Soldiers and Civilians is an awesome and humbling experience. Today is my opportunity to say thank you to them and to those who have supported the battalion over these last two years of my command. Thank you for your hard work and dedicated service to the United States of America and the Republic of Korea. I wish you each the best in your future.” “I am honored and humbled to assume command of this great team of Soldiers, DA Civilians, Korean Nationals, KATUSAs, and Contractors,” said Koenig, the new commander of 36th Signal Battalion. “It is clear to me that our organization is made up of dedicated professionals who lead from the front. I look forward to learning from, and serving alongside our tremendous Korean allies as we carry on the strong relationships with the city of Daegu and the Republic of Korea. I want to extend my gratitude to each of you for attending today’s ceremony.” 2015 - 2016 | 37


59th Signal, Battalion s Sgt. 1st Class Highsmith brings home Army Individual Award of Excellence in Safety By Command Sgt. Maj. Schroeder Streat 59th Signal Battalion 38 | PREMIER SIGNAL

FORT RICHARDSON, ALASKA – Sgt. 1st Class Stephen M. Highsmith was announced as the winner of the Army Individual Award of Excellence in Safety. Keeping our personnel safe from harm is a cornerstone of readiness in the Army. We practice Composite Risk Management daily and charge everyone to be a Safety Officer and to look out for his or her Battle Buddy. Often overlooked and unappreciated is the actual unit safety officer. That is where Highsmith comes into focus. Neither overlooked nor unappreciated, Highsmith serves as the 59th Signal Battalion Safety Officer and manages all aspects of the battalion’s safety program including motorcycle mentorship, accident prevention and reporting, reoccurring training requirements and inspections. Knowing how to prepare and react to the vast array of hazards that await every day in Alaska is challenging to say the least. It could be anything spanning from black ice to moose or bear on the running trails during Physical Readiness Training. It could also be as routine as conducting vehicle inspections properly on long weekends. Employing that knowledge and increasing the battalion’s level of preparedness is an everyday norm for Highsmith. His constant and immediate focus on the safety of the Soldiers, Civilians and their Families has been the key to his success. Highsmith’s recognition by the Secretary of the Army and Chief of Staff come as no surprise to the 59th Signal Battalion or its higher headquarters, the 516th Signal Brigade, Fort Shafter, HI. In December 2014, U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM), Fort Huachuca, AZ, selected Highsmith as their nominee for the Army’s Individual Award of Excellence in Safety. The Secretary of the Army and Chief of Staff announced Highsmith as the winner of the Army Individual Award of Excellence in Safety for fiscal year 2104 on August 6, 2015 for his significant contribution to his unit’s accident prevention effort. Highsmith’s accomplishment reinforces the importance of deliberate and proactive risk management in plans, operations, and training. On September 25, 2015, the U.S. Army Alaska Chief of Staff, Col. Mark S. Kneram, presented Highsmith with the award on behalf of the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Army, as well as a congratulatory letter from Brigadier General Jeffrey A. Farnsworth, Director of the U.S. Army Safety. Highsmith also received recognition from the 516th Signal Brigade Commander, Col. Jeth B. Rey for his dedication to the Army Safety Program.



dmittedly, a faction of employees do not seek rewards or recognition, while another group desires the momentary spotlight for a job well done. And for many, an award for Safety seems unachievable.

Who can be recognized? Individuals, teams, or entire organizations can be nominated. DA Pam 385-10 gives procedures for formal awards (including a Safety streamer for your unit guidon), but any supervisor can reward employees.

Since everyone is responsible for safety, the Army Safety Program actively encourages Soldiers and Recognition can range from a supervisorCivilians to nominate employees and coworkers signed letter, a commander-signed certificate, for improving the workplace safety environment. to a nomination by the Commanding General for annual Army-level awards. Awards can be Herein lies an opportunity: Surprise someone presented during quarterly safety councils, troop with a spontaneous award! This rewards the formations or safety briefings. good deed and shows others Safety awards are achievable! Safety awards raise awareness of good procedures and practices, contribute to increased job What does it take to get an award? Did you satisfaction, and enhance command climate. improve the safety of a work process? Improve Every supervisor is responsible for Safety, and Safety awareness? Fix a condition that could awards are an important part of any Safety have hurt one of your teammates? There is no program. minimum criteria. You don’t need to save ten lives or reduce accidents by twenty percent, Recognize the good work that your Soldiers and just make a tangible improvement that is easily employees are doing to make our Army safer. understood. Bill Maxwell 311th Sig. Cmd., Safety Manager DSN: 315-437-2405 / COM: 808-787-2405 2015 - 2016 | 39

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n September 2014, Soldiers and Civilians from the Regional Cyber Center-Pacific (RCCPAC) participated in the Network Enterprise Technology Command cyber defense exercise Elite Mercury, designed to test the cyber network defense capabilities of the Army Cyber Centers across the globe. The annual NETCOM-sponsored “gaining cyber dominance” (GCD) training event began in November 2013. The initiative of GCD is to standardize and refine defensive cyber operations (DCO) tactics, techniques and procedures among the five RCCs and enhance the abilities of each team by presenting them with three four-hour exercise events and an eight-hour culminating training event named Elite Mercury 14 (EM14). The top performer among the five was selected as the RCC of the year. This year’s winner was “Team Signal” from RCC-Pacific. The RCC received its award during a


presentation ceremony conducted via video with the senior leaders at NETCOM, 311th Signal Command (Theater), 516th Sig. Brigade and the 4th RCC. “This event solidified that concept by effectively leveraging the combined skills and resources of both DOD IN NETOPS and Defensive Cyber Operations to meet the network cyber challenges introduced during EM14,” said Danny Torrez, battle captain, GCD and DCO-Division operations officer. Each quarter, over the past year, a virtual sandbox was established where players from each of the five Cyber Centers faced off against adversarial forces attempting to gain access to networks, disrupt communications and disable critical infrastructure. The sandbox is a crucial element in honing the cyber defense capabilities of Soldiers and Civilians with realistic scenarios based on likely tactics employed by enemy or insider cyber threats.

“The sandbox is our playground, an area to test our skills and techniques without damaging the actual network,” said Master Sgt. Michael A. Britt, Internal Support Division, RCC-PAC. “Seeing the employment of systems not used on a daily basis to detect, defend and defeat the adversary was awesome,” said Melissa Naula, assistant battle captain, GCD and information assurance security analyst. The goal of the RCC-PAC Director, Lt. Col. Donald Peterson, Jr., was to ensure that leaders at each level were fully committed to enabling the success of their individual branches/teams and dedicated to contributing to the group effort for a successful exercise. “I was determined to share what I knew about the 4th RCC-PAC by engaging the entire team of teams in the event, sharing situational awareness across all teams and allowing their actions to convey a message about the immense talents in the Pacific,” said

Gaining Cyber Dominance (GCD) Battle Capt. Danny Torres, Host Base Security System Lead Lisa Jeong and GCD Asst. Battle Capt. Melissa Naula, 4th Regional Cyber Center – Pacific, discuss ways to isolate and neutralize threats to the PACOM network during the November 2014 Exercise Elite Mercury. (Photo by Liana Kim, 311th Signal Command (Theater) Public Affairs)

Mike Brown, of NETCOM, presents the Regional Cyber Center of the Year Award to Lt. Col. Donald “Pete” Peterson, Jr., Director, RCC-P, for his team’s achievement as the Army’s top Regional Cyber Center. (Photo by Spec. Nikko-Angelo Matos, 311th Signal Command (Theater) Public Affairs)

Information Technology Specialist Staffon McKinley and Sgt. 1st Class Juan Cruz, Networks Operations Chief, 4th Regional Cyber Center – Pacific, assess the network. (Photo by Liana Kim, 311th Signal Command (Theater) Public Affairs)

Peterson. The most challenging part of the four GCD exercises and EM14 was effectively managing and tracking the response activity required for multiple simultaneous events. To facilitate intra-team communications and create an efficient environment for knowledge exchange, a phonebridge conference room was created. Goal-oriented teamwork was the crucial, deciding factor for RCCPACs success. Innovative ideas and a cohesive team of civilian

and military cyber warriors who were supported and enabled by senior leaders guaranteed a decisive victory. EM14 demonstrated the cyber prowess and skill of Team Signal to provide a robust, hardened and protected network environment for the Pacific region, and it validated their standing as the No. 1 RCC in the Army.

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he career counselor for 41st Signal Battalion, 1st Signal Brigade, won Network Enterprise Technology Command Career Counselor of the Year on Feb 3, 2015. Staff Sgt. Marcus E. Applewhite, NETCOM’s 2015 Career Counselor of the Year, competed against career counselors from three brigades and four signal commands to earn this title. He went on to represent the 41st Sig. Bn., 1st Sig. Bde., 311th Signal Command (Theater) and NETCOM at the Secretary of the Army Career Counselor of the Year competition in Washington D.C. in April 2015. The process of


USAG YONGSAN, SOUTH KOREA NETCOM Career Counselor of the Year Competition begins with every brigade across the Army holding competitions. The winners then advance to the next level to compete against other winners and then each subsequent level selects a Career Counselor of the Year culminating in the Secretary of the Army Career Counselor of the Year competition held in Washington, D.C. every year. The candidates are given an APFT, a written examination testing their knowledge on a wide variety of Regulatory and Policy Guidance pertaining to Retention and Human Resource

Management and finally a board appearance to answer questions on a wide variety of topics. “As the NETCOM Counselor of the Year, I think the overall important aspect of the job is not only taking care of Soldiers, but also taking care of their Families, ensuring that everyone collectively comes to an understanding of their career and getting them to make well-informed decisions that not only benefit them but also benefit the Army as a whole,” said Staff Sgt. Applewhite, Career Counselor, 41st Signal Battalion, 1st Signal Brigade. “It’s about selfless service and sacrifice. It’s also about always being available and being willing to assist people and try to find ways to solve problems as a forward thinker not only for yourself but also for the Soldiers and their Family members.” “Career Counselors are responsible for ensuring Soldiers are counseled on professional career development as well as what the Army has to offer them if they choose to continue to serve,” said Master Sgt. Tobey J. Whitney, Career Counselor, 1st Signal Brigade. “Career Counselors

are also responsible for assisting Soldiers with reclassification, selecting a new duty assignment or simply reenlisting to continue serving. For those who decide they want to continue to serve but not on active duty, Career Counselors assist them with transitioning into the Army Reserve or Army National Guard.” As a Career Counselor, Staff Sgt. Applewhite has made a positive impact on the lives of every Soldier and Family within 1st Signal Brigade. He has helped many Soldiers and their Families change duty locations, acquire new skills or develop a plan of action for what they will do when they leave active duty. “I think being named as a Career Counselor of the Year will place a positive light on the accomplishment of 1st SIG BDE, 311st Signal Command, and NETCOM itself.” said Applewhite. “It would show that with hard work and dedication, you can get rewarded. I also feel that the title will bring a greater sense of respect for the position, and as a person, I think that it means actually being able to help Soldiers and their Families based on honest relationships.”

CONGRATULATIONS! Sergeant First Class

Woody L. Woodside 59th Signal Battalion, Fort Richardson, Alaska

Army Career Counselor of the Year 2016

Representing Network Enterprise Command, he competed with the winners from each major Army command during the Secretary of the Army Career Counselor of the Year board at the Pentagon Feb. 22-26, 2016. He will be formally recognized and presented this prestigious award during The Association of the United States Army’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., Oct. 3-5. 2015 - 2016 | 43






EARNS AFCEA IT LEADERSHIP AWARD A Soldier of the 396th Signal Company who truly lives the Warrior Ethos is Staff Sgt. Adam Haines, Platoon Sergeant of the Network Management Group. For his excellent leadership, he was selected to receive the 2015 Army Enlisted Service Information Technology Leadership Award. Haines was one of fourteen recipients from across the globe who were recognized during the 8th Annual Awards Luncheon and Dinner in Washington, D.C., Apr. 18. Admiral James Winnefeld, Jr., Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, congratulated the awardees during his keynote presentation. For the past eight years, the 44 | PREMIER SIGNAL

Board of Directors for the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Chapter in Washington, D.C. has teamed up with the Military Information Technology Leadership Awards Executive Selection Committee to determine the recipients of this prestigious award. The annual award recognizes one enlisted member and one officer from each of the Armed Forces, as well as two enlisted members and two officers assigned to joint billets. These men and women are selected based on their significant contributions to their respective units and the Warfighters whom they support through the medium of Information Technology.

“I felt very proud to be nominated and to win this prestigious award,” stated Haines. “To be recognized as one of 14 service members throughout the armed forces is very humbling and will provide me with the drive and determination to continually strive for excellence.” As a Network Management Supervisor for a strategic Signal Battalion, Haines seized the initiative to reevaluate and restructure the secure network on Oahu. He led the efforts to tunnel SIPRnet traffic over the NIPRnet and completely eliminate an additional network architecture. This initiative has increased network availability and saved thousands of dollars on operating and maintaining strategies and after-hours trouble calls. His technical proficiency as

Members of the Network Management Group gather around SSG Haines atop Koko Head after the 45 minute hike

a Satellite Communications Systems Operator-Maintainer, his management of the network and his ability to create long-lasting, positive rapport with end-users reflects greatly upon himself as a leader. His daily devotion to service demonstrates his daily commitment to outstanding customer service and commitment to Team Signal. A beloved member of the 30th Signal Battalion family for more than six years, Haines continued to lead by example during his last few months at the unit by earning his promotable status for Sgt. 1st Class. At his next assignment at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado, he will serve as a Satellite Communications Operator and Maintainer for the 4th Space Battalion. He was presented the award during his

farewell dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings, Oct. 8. “Leaving Hawaii and the 30th after six years is going to be hard,” said Haines, “This place has become my home. The Soldiers and Civilians that I have worked with have become family. No matter what life or the Army threw at me, I always had the utmost support and guidance from everyone. This unit has been very good to me and my family, and everyone here will be dearly missed. Mahalo and Aloha.” 2015 - 2016 | 45


Healing waters reservist shares recovery tools at warrior games By Sgt. 1st Class Crista Mack, 311th Signal Command (Theater), and Mrs. Flavia Hulsey, Western Regional Medical Command


hat if the gift of life was threatened to be taken away from you, and the thing you love most, to be submerged in the water, were then put on extended pause? Would you fight or accept defeat? Army Reservist and lifeguard Sgt. Kawaiola Nahale, 311th SC(T), was diagnosed with malignant cancer in April 2013. Within 30 days of diagnosis, she had the first of three surgeries she would undergo in the space of a year, and was preparing to begin chemotherapy. As a lifeguard and competitor on a canoe paddling team, one of the most difficult things for Nahale to hear was that she could not be in the water during initial recovery. For this Honolulu native, the water is home. “Water has always been a healing tool for me, a lot more than just a physical feeling,” said Nahale, whose first name, Kawaiola, means water of life. Her father first took her to the water when she was just a month old - a common custom for Hawaiian families. The experience of having to distance herself for a time from the ocean’s healing waters turned out to be a powerful tool that not only gave her inspiration and hope to fight for her own life, it also provided invaluable knowledge and comfort she could share with fellow wounded warriors along the way. As a member of the Warrior Transition Battalion where she was assigned during treatment and recovery, Nahale joined the Adaptive Reconditioning Program for wounded warriors. She had her first try at competitive swimming at the Pacific Games in December 2013. Less than a year later, she was pronounced cancer free and was back in the water representing the U.S. Army and winning medals in national and international wounded warrior competitions. Once allowed back in the pool after her final surgery in February 2014, she swam in timed trials at West Point, New York, and qualified to compete in both the Warrior Games and Invictus Games. She was one of the 22 wounded, ill and injured Army Soldiers and Veterans selected as part of the 100-member team representing the United States at the very first Invictus Games in London, Sep. 10-14, 2014. She was the only representative from Hawaii and took home three bronze medals. “Don’t let your illness or injury define you,” she shares with others struggling through illness or injury. To heal both mind and body she turned to a favorite pass time, and enjoys sharing this recovery tool with others. She was one of two Soldiers from Hawaii at the 2014 Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, CO, where she won a gold and three silver medals. In the summer of 2015, she competed in swimming and cycling as an Army athlete in the Department of Defense Warrior Games in Quantico, VA, where she continued to top the charts with four more medals - a gold, two silver and a bronze. “My take home is being able to help other Soldiers in their recovery and healing,” Nahale said. “Being an athlete with the Warrior Care and Transition Program allows me and other Service members a place where we can relate to each other and where we are in our recovery process, and find what helps us heal, and how we can help others.”



hen most people think about joining the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) in college, they assume the best option is to go active duty after graduation. That was not the case for 2nd Lt. Jay Kim who saw the benefit of serving in the United States Army Reserve following graduation. As an undergraduate at the University of California Santa Barbara, Kim wanted more out of college than just an education. “I wanted to be a leader and challenge myself while working toward my bachelor’s degree,” said Kim. “As I started to participate in the ROTC program, my interest in serving my country grew.” The 22-year-old sociology major began to see what it meant to receive a commission in the United States Army. “No other career path is nearly as honorable and respectable as serving as a commissioned officer in the United States Armed Forces.” said Kim. “I strongly advocate that the rights and privileges that come with being a citizen are not gratuitous and require certain obligations.” During his first two years of ROTC, Kim planned on going on active duty after graduating from college. That all changed after he participated in the Cadet Troop


Second Lt. Kim with his mother and father after his commissioning ceremony. Leading Train Program (CTLT). Kim spent 29 days at Fort Bliss, Texas, shadowing a military police platoon leader. “After getting to experience active duty during CTLT, I decided that being in the Army Reserve would be a better fit for me,” said Kim. “I wanted to serve where my family and friends are. That is something I could not do if I was moving every few years.” Kim graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and received his commission in June 2015. He branched Military Intelligence and will attend his basic officer leadership course in early 2016. Until then, he is busy starting his career as a Los Angeles

Airport Police Officer. This summer he reported to the 311th Signal Command (Theater) Support Unit in Costa Mesa, California. Although he is just starting both his Civilian and Army careers, Kim has a lot of determination to keep setting the bar high for himself. “As a full time police officer and part time Soldier, I have the desire to pursue higher education in the next five years that will not only benefit me in the Civilian side, but also in my Army career,” said Kim. “I will continue to take pride in my service and adapt to any challenges as a professional in both my civilian and military life.” 2015 - 2016 | 47


Remembering our fallen, and what we fight for 307th Soldiers hike 9/11 Memorial Ruck March



efore dawn, Soldiers of Alpha Company, 307th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, lace up their boots and prepare for the 9/11 Memorial Ruck March at Haleiwa Beach Park, Sep. 11, 2015. The 20K march was planned with built-in moments of silence to coincide with the exact moment of events in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Penn., on that treacherous day. At 2:46am HST (9:37am EST) Sep. 11, 2001, a Boeing 767 crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center turning a page in American History. Never before had so many Civilian lives been ended by an act of terrorism on American soil. Almost 3,000 people from over 90 countries would never have another opportunity to utter “I love you,” to their spouse, their children, their parents, or their best friend. The impacts continue long after the attacks. More than two and a half million Soldiers have deployed


BY CAPT. GREGORY LAMBERT in direct response to these heinous attacks. More than 5,000 service members have paid the ultimate sacrifice fighting for our country and the freedoms we enjoy. While it was an early morning for the Dark Knights, there was no complaining; just a somber silence as the company prepared to step-off on the Memorial Ruck. The march would last three and a half hours, winding around, and eventually through downtown Haleiwa, Hawaii. Throughout the journey, Soldiers talked among themselves about where they were when 9/11 occurred or shared stories of family members who had been injured in Iraq or Afghanistan, some even shared their own personal stories from being deployed in support of the Global War on Terror. “The Memorial March was a great experience and commemoration of the victims of the 9/11 attacks.” said Private 1st Class Victor Paul. As the Soldiers marched through

the pouring rain there was a steady honking of cars and pedestrians complimenting the Soldiers and thanking them for their service. An officer for the 307th ESB even had his children in rain coats handing out water to the Dark Knight Soldiers, in recognition of the mission they were on. The Memorial Ruck, on this day was specifically designed to commemorate those we have lost. There are Soldiers now joining the Army who do not remember what life before 9/11 was like, nor what it was like to see our country come under attack. Alpha Company 307th refused to let the day go by without paying their due respects. Many are gone, but they will certainly never be forgotten. “It was a great moment to reflect on why I joined the service,” said 2nd Lt. Mitchell Willie, “and why I put this uniform on every day.”



ot and humid weather met Cub Scouts Pack 864 as they crossed the dry grass field at Ala Moana Park, toward the black pop-up tents with ‘ARMY’ emblazoned in yellow text. Their eyes and faces were filled with curiosity and excitement as they approached. Encouraging, challenging, and teaching young Scouts through various challenges, Soldiers of the 311th Signal Command participated in the Boy Scouts annual Makahiki event May 9, 2015. The theme of this year’s event was ‘Get Grit,’ to help Scouts understand the meaning of ‘grit’ and ‘perseverance.’ The theme coincides with the key teachings of Scouting programs everywhere: never give up, keep trying, and to do your best. “The Makahiki event was an awesome opportunity to get involved in the community,” said Master Sgt. Keela Smith. “It was great to see how the community came together to support the Boy Scouts.” The Soldiers encouraged the spirit of girt and perseverance by challenging both Scouts and their families in physical fitness tasks, such as sit-ups and push-ups. Prizes included water bottles, umbrellas, Army men toys, and cups for those who persevered and were able to finish the task. “We had everyone doing sit-ups,” said Smith, “from two-year olds to sixty-year old granddads doing push-ups with their grandkids.” In addition to the physical fitness activities, Soldiers also set up static and interactive displays for Scouts and their families to learn more about, like trying on Army gear such as the Joint Service Lightweight Integrated Suit Technology and gas masks, sampling the packaged food or MREs, that Soldiers eat in the field, camouflage face-painting, and vehicle tours. “The best part was seeing the smiles on the kid’s faces,” Smith said, “when they completed challenges they initially thought were impossible.” 2015 - 2016 | 49





ith a growing mission and the migration of units to Camp Humphreys with the Yongsan Relocation Project / Land Partnership Plan, comes new requirements for communications support and Mission Command capability. The Soldiers of the 501st Signal Company, 36th Signal Battalion, strive to stay ahead of the game and anticipate what the Warfighter may want next, and how they can improve warfighter capabilities. While maintaining and protecting the network throughout Camp Humphreys and surrounding areas, the 501st Spartans remain engaged and welcome new challenges. From CompTIA Security+ training and 50 | PREMIER SIGNAL

USAG HUMPHREYS, SOUTH KOREA maintaining proficiency on fiber and copper cable installation techniques, to ensuring that a commander can effectively and securely use his or her Blackberry, the 501th Soldiers endeavor to stay ahead of the curve. As a Signal Company, they are expected to provide world-class communications, which is their core competency. What makes the 501st Signal Company stand out is their commitment to excellence in other areas, not just Signal. Logistical and maintenance support are crucial to the 501st’s ability to ensure that every Soldier, NCO and Commander on the peninsula has a secure and reliable network with which to communicate. The support from the

low-density Soldiers and NCOs is evident because while they are not Signaleers by trade, they consistently show their dedication to the team by always working hard and giving 110% effort to all assigned tasks. The 501st Signal Company consists of less than 70 Soldiers including officers and Korean Soldiers, called KATUSAs, which stands for Korean Augmentation to the United States Army. This small team has found great strength in working together toward one common goal—to be the best. In fiscal year 2014, the maintenance section tightened their boots, rolled up their sleeves and began preparing for the Army Award for Maintenance Excellence Inspection Program.

Their hard work was rewarded by their selection as the NETCOM runner-up. The recognition their 92 series brethren received inspired the unit’s supply personnel to focus their efforts on improving the Command Supply Discipline Program. They participated in the Eighth Army Supply Excellence Award, which also garnered runner-up honors. In fiscal year 2015, the company again buckled down, and as a result they were the only company in the 1st Sig. Bde. chosen to compete in both the NETCOM Army Award for Maintenance Excellence and the Supply Excellence Awards. Meanwhile, the company’s Network Enterprise Center Soldiers and NCOs ensured compliance on all Defense Information Systems Agency regulations and standards for the Command Cyber Readiness Inspection. They were applauded for producing the greatest results the inspectors had seen in 15 years. This accomplishment brought to light the teamwork, dedication and long hours the Soldiers and Civilians of the 501st worked to ensure outstanding positive results. After a long week, time to relax and unwind is important for all. However, instead of spending their free time in the barracks, many 501st Soldiers spend their weekends volunteering at the local orphanage and Ray E. Duke Memorial Library, and supporting Army Community Service Programs and church events. They enjoy giving back to both their American and South Korean communities, which lends to their sense of team and camaraderie. The Soldiers refer to themselves as the ‘Spartan Family,’ and they continue to live up to the name by showing their loyalty and dedication to the company, from Signaleers to Soldiers and Civilians in supporting roles.



FERN ELEMENTARY, HONOLULU or one morning each month throughout the school year, Soldiers assigned to the Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 311th Sig. Cmd. (Theater), enjoy reading to and interacting with students in the library and class rooms of Fern Elementary School, as part of the commander’s book reading program, Read Out Loud! The unit’s partnership with the school began in 2011 and has grown into a friendship. The faculty have invited the Soldiers to participate in various school events to mentor the students and inspire improved behavior. The Soldiers have participated for the past five years in the school’s annual Drug Free Schools/Jump Rope for the Heart Field Day, held each year around Valentine’s Day as part of the school’s initiative to promote an active, healthy lifestyle and introduce students to positive role models and professional opportunities. Our Soldiers, Civilians and Families actively seek opportunities to mentor, volunteer, tutor, and participate in local events to foster positive relationships between the Army and the communities in which we live and work, and encourage our youth in the rewards of philanthropy.


“What stands out about the Soldiers of the 501st Signal Company is their commitment to excellence in all areas.” They are the Spartan Family. 2015 - 2016 | 51




oldiers of Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 311th Signal Command (Theater), and some friends and family members, rolled up their sleeves with Spartan Race Hawaii and community leaders to dispose of trash and groom the foliage on Mount Tantalus, July 18, 2015. Most of the Soldiers who volunteered were preparing to compete in the Spartan Race Hawaii, a 14-mile obstacle course at Kualoa Ranch, Aug. 15, so when Spartan Race Hawaii announced the cleanup event on their Facebook page, the Soldiers jumped at a chance to support the race and the community while enjoying a day outside with family and friends.

“I always try to volunteer …its mutually beneficial for all,” said Staff Sgt. Sheena Kerr-Freeman of HHC, 311th SC(T). “Soldiers get out of the barracks and get volunteer time, and they help bring a sense of unity in the community.” Members of the Tantalus Community Association have been conducting quarterly community clean up days in the area since 1983. Help from volunteers is crucial in maintaining the Honolulu Watershed Forest Preserve, including this ancient cinder cone with scenic views of the Honolulu area and crisscrossed with hiking trails, waterfalls and bamboo forests.

“We really do appreciate the help,” said Carolyn “Carly” Carley, TCA Work Day Chairwoman. “The mountain is home for many of us, and it feels good for everyone to drive up the beautiful winding road and see it clean and clear of rubbish.” Keeping the area clean of debris is especially important for residents in the Tantalus area, as most of their water comes from a rain catchment system on the mountain. 52 | PREMIER SIGNAL

“All of our water is filtered by the lava rock, so the water in the catchment is treated very little, making it especially important to prevent the area from becoming polluted,” said J.J. Johnson, community leader and director of Spartan Race Hawaii. United by a common challenge, community members and volunteers worked together as a team to remove truck loads of garbage from the grass and weeds bordering the road. At the end of the day, the group had stuffed several dozen large garbage bags with a variety of items found beside the road. Some of it blew in with the wind, most had been left by careless visitors. “I feel accomplished, like I made a difference in the community,” said Sgt. Tania Vargas, a budget analyst with the 311th SC(T). “My husband and I are new to volunteering, we really enjoyed the day and plan to do it again. It felt really good to give back.”

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very morning brought an unexpected activity for the Soldiers of Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 311th Signal Command (Theater) during their annual organizational week, July 13-17, 2015.

By Tyler Ogoshi, oahu, hawaii HERE: Two Soldiers reach for the Frisbee during Wednesday’s Ultimate Frisbee game at the AMR fields. Soldiers of the 311th and HHC went head-to-head, practicing teamwork and implementing a bit of friendly competition.


“Our intent was to focus on events that would bring the unit together through competition and fun, while still executing our dayto-day mission,” said Capt. Mark Bonaudi, Commander, HHC, 311th SC(T). “The first three mornings we began with physical readiness training sessions to foster competition, imagination, teamwork, physical fitness, and fun.” The Soldiers participated in a variety of early morning exercises, a scavenger hunt, a relay race at Hickam Beach, and Ultimate Frisbee at Aliamanu Military Reservation. At the range, safety is always the number one rule, so a safety briefing covered all the necessary points at Schofield Barracks. The Soldiers were also encouraged to have fun and enjoy the experience as they re-certificated on the M-9 and M-16 weapons.

“This week was a shining example of how thorough planning and coordination pays off,” Bonaudi said, “And today we celebrate their success with a day of food and fun at the beach where Soldiers, Civilians, and their Families and friends can gather and decompress.”

“The range brought all the Soldiers together outside of the office while we fulfilled a semiannual training requirement. The excitement of training with live ammunition, especially for a strategic signal organization, is always a positive event,” said Bonaudi. “The planning and teamwork that went into this range was a monumental event in and of itself, and brought Soldiers from across the organization together to accomplish a common goal.” For the culmination of organizational week, the Soldiers and Civilians of the 311th ventured out to Foster’s Point at Hickam Beach for a day of fun in the sun. After a brief torrential downpour, the group laughed in relief as the weather cleared and blue skies appeared.

Photo by Shanna Bonaudi

ABOVE: A casing is discharged from an M9 pistol during the fourth day of Organizational Week. A dozen or so Soldiers were shooting for their annual M9 and M16 recertification at the Schofield Barracks shooting range. HERE: Soldiers do pushups at the waters edge of Hickam Beach during Organizational Week’s ‘Commander Cup’. Phyiscal excercises included: planks, pushups, situps, lunges, sprints, and swimming. 2015 - 2016 | 55


STORY By Tyler Ogoshi Photos by Shanna Bonaudi Oahu, Hawaii

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Flecks of mud fly through the air, kicked up by the runner in front. Beads of sweat streak down foreheads, cutting clean paths through grimy faces, if only momentarily. Mud, sweat, blood, and the occasional tear, were just a few of the factors that those participating in the annual Reebok Spartan Race Hawaii encountered during the two-day event at Kualoa Ranch, Aug. 15-16, 2015. For a handful of Soldiers from the 311th Signal Command (Theater), the Spartan Race marked the culmination of weeks of volunteering and training. “The tremendous effort by all of the 311th volunteers made the race possible for the thousands of participants from all over the world,” said Cpt. Jerome Adamczyk of the 311th SC(T). In the week prior to the event, fifteen 311th Soldiers volunteered to help

Spartan Race Hawaii prepare the course at Kualoa Ranch. Together, the group accumulated more than 250 hours of volunteer time at the ranch, assisting in loading/unloading and delivering gear and obstacles, setting up obstacles, grooming the course (weed-whacking, machetes, removing sludge from swamps), registration packet handout, and other tasks.

Six Soldiers of the 311th SC(T) ran the Beast, a 14-mile course with more than thirty obstacles, Aug. 15. Obstacles runners had to face included a swamp crawl, cargo net climb, atlas stone carry, sandbag carry, tire pull, rope climb, river run, wall climbs, spear throw, and monkey bars. “The most exciting part of the race was completing the 20-foot rope climb and finishing the race with our team,” said Cpt. Mark Bonaudi, HHC, 311th SC(T). “The most difficult part of the race was having patience to deal with the choke points. There were multiple single-file trails that you simply had to wait for the person in front of you, for your turn. That was difficult.” Overall, the Spartan Race was a huge success, with runners representing dozens of states and countries around the world. The Soldiers enjoyed volunteering and assisting in setting up a world-class event, and the race itself served as an outstanding team building experience.

“[The race] will challenge anyone of any physical fitness level, but in the end it is mentally tough,” said Bonaudi. “The comradery that develops during the event makes it worth the physical pain associated with running, jumping, climbing, crawling, and carrying for 14 miles up and down the Oahu Mountains!”

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Brig. Gen. Lawrence Thoms (IN) Commanding General 311tH SIg CMD [T]


COL. WARREN “RAY” WOOD (IN) Chief of Staff 311tH SIg CMD [T]

COL. Daniel Burnett (OUT) Chief of Staff 311tH SIg CMD [T]


Jacqueline “Jackie” Loo Property Book Officer, 30th Signal Battalion For your career of 54 years of Federal Service including 38 years with the 30th Signal Battalion, and for your impeccable example on and off duty, thank you for your many contributions to the Signal Corps and your island community.

Kathleen “Kats” Kanazawa Program Analyst, 516th Signal Brigade For your exemplary career of more than 32 years of Federal Service, including 19 years with the 516th Signal Brigade, thank you for your care, quiet compassion and high moral standards which provide such a positive example for our workforce.

Ms. Utu Lemafa Hr Coordinator, 516th Signal Brigade

For your dedicated military and civilian career of more than 39 years of Federal Service including the past 16 years with the 516th Signal Brigade, thank you for your admirable character and fearless determination to serve the U.S. military. Best wishes on your next adventure!

Marion “Budd” Robinson Telecommunications Specialist, 30th Signal Battalion For your military career of more than 50 years, including 27 years with the 30th Signal Battalion, thank you for your impeccable professionalism and contributions to the Signal Community.

Farewell to our faithful Civilian Employees: Ok Hui Kim, Yong Sun Ko, Yong Suk Chong, Pyong Kyu Yi, Sang Tae Yi, Song Yol Kwon, Sang Chol Son, Yong Suk Song, Suk Cha Cho, Harry Lashley, William Sheffield, Michael McManus, William Bruhnke, Daniel Ford, Marion Cartwright, Peter Weldy, John Kearly III, Rosendo Favor, William Niederer, Gil Torres-Aponte, Gus Poblete, Ed Grogan, Randy Sugai, Deborah “Deb” Irei, Ira Wheeler, and Failma Ligaya. For your combined more than 700 years of outstanding government service, mahalo nui loa for your tireless dedication! You will be long remembered for your many contributions to the 311th Signal Command (Theater). 58 | PREMIER SIGNAL

In Memoriam

Odette April “Odie” Bartolome Laroya 30, 1963 - January 23, 2015 Contract Officer Representative / “RCC-P mom” Regional Cyber Center-Pacific

“Remind yourself every day what matters in life: Goodness, Gratitude, Enthusiasm, Warmth”

Odie worked with the RCC-P for more than 10 years, and was a beloved leader in the St. John the Baptist Church congregation. She and her husband Brian taught a variety of church history classes and bible studies, positively impacting the lives of hundreds of youth over the years. Odie left a lasting legacy in her community, and her long-standing role as the RCC-P ‘mom’ will never be forgotten.

Lt. Col Roman L. Kamienski January 25, 1959 - October 23, 2015 Telecommunications Manager, 311th TSC (SU)

Lt. Col. Kamienski’s career spanned more than 30 years with service in the U.S. Army and the Coast Guard. Roman was a key leader in his unit, always leaning forward and seeking to improve the legacy he had established. He shared a strong love of his church with his wife of 20 years, Minda Kamienski.

Col. Curtis Mattison August 1, 1960 - May 6, 2015 Liaison Officer, 311th TSC (SU)

Col. Mattison served in the United States Army Reserve for over 27 years. His greatest joy in life was spending time with his wife AnneLena and their six children.

Charles “Chuck” D. Rosehill February 6, 1958 – March 18, 2015 IT Project Manager, 516th Signal Brigade

Chuck served 29 years with the Department of Defense, including the past 14 years with the 516th Signal Brigade. Among his coworkers, Chuck was compared to the Oz from “Wizard of Oz” because of his wealth of knowledge, and to a bear, because of his big heart. He is survived by his brother Richard James “Kimo” Rosehill and sisterin-law, Shawana Okami-Rosehill, of Honolulu. 2015 - 2016 | 59

CCWO’s Technicalities

Pacific Warrant Officers, It is my honor and privilege to serve as your inaugural Command Chief Warrant Officer for the 311th Signal Command (Theater). Since my arrival in August 2015, I have been thoroughly amazed by the professionalism and dedication of our Soldiers, NCOs and Civilians, and particularly by our Warrant Officer cohort across all branches and components. I am energized daily by your efforts and the significant contributions you make daily to the Pacific Theater and our Army. Though we have accomplished much as a cohort, there are significant areas we can improve upon to strengthen our support to the Pacific Theater and the Warfighter. I came to 311th after serving as the Technical Director of the Signal School where I oversaw the technical training for Signal warrant officers. There I learned to appreciate the value of institutional training and education, and realized that units and installations must take on more responsibility to provide specific technical training and education unique for warrant officers. In January 2016, selected warrant officers gathered for the firstever Army Chief of Staff -sponsored Warrant Officer Solarium at the Command and General Staff College. They identified several issues impacting readiness, including the fact that warrants are not getting the technical training they need to lead in their traditional role. Therefore, to ensure you have opportunities to

gain targeted technical training and education, I have met with the Pacific Signal University and assured them that if the training is required, our command group will do what is necessary to facilitate your needs. I have also encouraged your leadership teams to invest in you. This will not only enhance your professional capabilities but will also benefit your organizations. The key takeaway is that you must take advantage of all training opportunities! You deserve technical training beyond the schoolhouse and your units desperately need your skillset to improve operations and processes to support the Army 2025 strategic ends: Trusted Professionals, Technologically Agile, Adaptive, and Innovative Leaders across all branches and compos. We are a strong cohort and we must maintain that strength while evolving to meet the demands of the future and the Army 2025 strategy. As you may have heard, I have been selected to serve as the next Signal Regimental Chief Warrant Officer; so my family and I will be transitioning back to Fort Gordon, Georgia, this summer. Though I am departing the Pacific, please feel free to contact me anytime in the future to discuss anything that I can help positively influence for the benefit of your career and our cohort. It has been an absolute privilege and an honor to serve with you here in the Pacific.

CW5 Deshawn L. Bell Command Chief Warrant Officer 311th Signal Command (Theater)


DAC’s Point of View Aloha Fellow Signaleers and Cyber Warriors, As your 311th SC(T) Senior Technical Advisor and Senior Civilian Advisor, I am humbled and honored to serve with you in support of the Signal mission here in the Asia-Pacific theater. This edition of Premier Signal focuses on interoperability in the Pacific and highlights many of your accomplishments, from our enduring support to cyber operations throughout the region and the world, including Detachment 34’s critical communications support in Kuwait, and our active participation in various Pacific Pathways exercises, to new capabilities such as the integration of our legacy Theater Network Operational Security Centers (TNOSCs) and Regional Computer Emergency Response Teams (RCERTs) into the new Regional Cyber Centers, and our RCC-Pacific’s recognition as the Army’s top RCC! Teamwork has been described as “one plus one equals three,” because as members of a team, we can work together and accomplish much more than we could by ourselves. This concept of synergy is how many sports teams achieve success. Surprisingly, the teams with the best players do not always win championships. The teams that work best together are the ones that most often accomplish great things. We also know that teamwork can make any job easier, less stressful and more fun by maximizing strengths and reducing weaknesses. Please take a moment to reflect on all our achievements as a team, and know that your efforts improve the Signal community every day. You continue to show the world what can be accomplished when skilled and caring people are empowered to drive the Signal mission with your impeccable dedication and attention to the smallest detail. As we march ever forward in protecting and defending the cyber domain, I ask you to remain diligent, and yet adaptive and agile to changing technologies and missions. I look forward to working with each of you as we strengthen the defense of our networks, information and people. This is truly an exciting time to be a cyber warrior! Together, we continue to deliver a more secure, robust, efficient, integrated, and interoperable network for our fellow Warfighters and our mission partners throughout the region and the world.

James Malenky Senior Technical Advisor 311th Signal Command (Theater)

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The 311th Signal Command (Theater) hosted the State of Hawaii Governor’s 34th Annual Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) Military Review and Governor’s Award Presentation on historic Palm Circle, Fort Shafter, Hawaii, 21 April 2016. More than 400 JROTC cadets from 26 public and private high schools on various islands of Hawaii converge on Oahu to participate in the ceremony each year. To celebrate this year’s 100th anniversary of the JROTC program, the event included a cake cutting and special recognition for the service organizations that support the cadets throughout the year. Maj. Gen. Lawrence W. Brock, III, 311th SC(T) Commanding General, officiated the event, and conducted a formal pass in review with the Governor of Hawaii, David Ige, to inspect the cadets in formation. Today, the JROTC program includes more than 281,000 cadets.

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