CSM Pflieger takes responsibility of Signal Corps
July 15, 2011
FORT GORDON, Ga. - “Do I have what it takes to be an Army Signaleer, will I get the message through when the time comes,” asked Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald S. Pflieger. “Today I stand ready to serve as your regimental command sergeant major.”
Twenty-eight years ago, a private Pflieger stood on the same field graduating as a multi-channel communications equipment operator (31M) from advance individual training here, wide eyed and wondering what he had gotten himself into.
Pflieger assumed responsibility as the Signal Corps’ regimental command sergeant major and as command sergeant major of the U.S. Army Signal Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon during an Assumption-of-Responsibility ceremony held July 15 on Barton Field.
“It’s not a change-of-command but the system is very similar,” said Maj. Gen. Alan R. Lynn, USASCE&FG;commander. “There’s been a change. Now boards meet, and the very best command sergeants major for brigade level are based on their leadership, technical ability, people skills and much more. The beauty of this system is that for a post or regimental command sergeant major, I get to select from that group; the best of the best,” he said. “There are no bad choices … He is the right man for our time in history.”
“I was looking for something specific out of the top 10 command sergeants in our Army. The top 10 Signal Corps command sergeants major,” said Lynn. “I was looking for a warfighter, someone with joint experience, because after all Fort Gordon is not just an Army post. I was looking for [Training and Doctrine Command] experience, somebody physically fit, and who is passionate about caring for Soldiers and caring for their Families. And, I found all that and more in Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald S. Pflieger. “
Pflieger’s previous assignment was with the Joint Communications Support Element (Airborne), Joint Forces Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, Fla., which is the model for communications and will continue to be the model for communications in the future and it was all joint, not just training but also in operations.
Pflieger is also a family man, said Lynn. His wife Lori and children R.J. and Kayla are scheduled to join him at Fort Gordon. Asked about his two most favorite times on active duty by Lynn, Pflieger’s answer was “marrying his beautiful wife Lori, and being a jumpmaster in charge of 64 paratroopers for the first time.”
He looks forward to working with Lynn to transform the Signal Regiment. Through the Chief of Signal’s vision for the future of communications support, the conditions for noncommissioned officers and Soldier of the regiment will make that vision a reality.
“Commanders can’t put steel on target maneuver their formations to close "on and destroy the enemies of this great nation without the communication you provide. So In my eyes there is no greater combat multiplier than the men and women of the Signal Regiment,” said Pflieger.