Fort Sam Houston NEC named best in 106th Signal Brigade
June 24, 2011
By Lori Newman
FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- The 106th Signal Brigade commander presented the Fort Sam Houston Network Enterprise Center an award for being the best within the brigade during an impromptu ceremony June 15.
Now that it won the 106th Signal Brigade Medium Network Enterprise Center of the Year award, the next level of the competition is at the 7th Signal Command level, explained Col. Chris Haigh, 106th Signal Brigade commander.
If the FSH NEC wins there, it will go on to compete on the Army level at U.S. Army Network Enterprise Command.
“Hopefully, this is the first of three celebrations,” Haigh said.
The brigade headquarters received about 12 or 13 submissions for each category, explained Haigh.
“When we looked at those, across the board, the team at Joint Base San Antonio Fort Sam Houston quickly rose to the top.”
Haigh sighted some of the challenges the NEC faced such as manpower issues, the Base Realignment and Closure which created both new growth and moves on the installation, supporting multiple mission partners and the implementation of the Thin Client pilot for Installation Management Command.
“On top of that, something you have done very well is taking care of the most important asset the Army has,” Haigh said. “That’s our Soldiers and civilians who train here and work here at Fort Sam Houston.”
“I’m glad I submitted the paperwork for this award because it is important to us,” said Mario LaMaestra Jr., NEC director. “It’s recognition for all the hard work that everyone has done here and will continue to do for years to come.”
Col. Mary Garr, 502nd Mission Support Group commander, also praised the NEC workforce.
“Think how far you have come, from being the Fort Sam Houston DOIM [Directorate of Information Management] to the Fort Sam Houston NEC; going from a garrison to the 106th Signal Brigade,” Garr said. “At the same time this post has gone through the largest transformation in its history, with almost $3 billion in construction.
“You all have done tremendous job,” the colonel added. “I want to thank you and make sure that you are recognized in public forms, so other people on Fort Sam can really start to understand and hopefully appreciate the value of your support.
“Our motto is ‘one military, one team’ and that’s what we all are collectively,” Garr concluded. “I am very proud to be on your team and I appreciate having you on our team.”