Pacific Signal Week 2012 connects the Regiment
September 19, 2012
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - A stampede of Soldiers thundered down Kole Kole Pass, their formations freckled with orange unit crests, as the Signal Regimental Run proclaimed the final day of Pacific Signal Week 2012.
Signaleers from throughout the Pacific and the globe connected in Hawaii for the 2012 Signal Corps Regimental Week, a series of events dedicated to commemorating the proud history of the Signal Regiment and communicating within the Signal Branch itself. The annual event was hosted by the 311th Signal Command (Theater) and U.S. Army, Pacific G6.
In addition to the Regimental Run, various events occurred throughout the week. The four-day event started with a golf scramble, followed by the Signal Leaders Conference, two intense days of forums for non-commissioned and commissioned officers, addressing Army-wide changes, tactical and technical changes and advancements in the Signal Corps and related changes in the civilian sector of the Information Technology world.
"The work that is being done here in the Pacific to deliver capabilities throughout the theater area of operation is essential and absolutely assists the Army in its world-wide mission," said Maj. Gen. James T. Walton, 311th SC (T) commanding general. The 311th Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin J. Thompson, co-hosted the event with Walton. They were joined by several distinguished members of the Army Signal community.
Throughout the week, Signal leaders discussed topics ranging from the emerging mission requirements of Army Cyber Command to the Signal Corps Regimental Association, which connects the Army Signal community with civilian partners and key leaders around the world.
"Although the Pacific is vast in terms of distance, language and cultural differences, to be as effective as we can on behalf of our fellow Warfighters we need to understand the context of this mission, then move on to more Signal-centric discussion topics, ending with some great break-out discussions," said Walton of the conference. "This week's events are a real opportunity to understand both within and without the region, but also more importantly to do some networking, which is one of the greatest values of these types of events."
Toward the end of the second conference day, a panel consisting of Signal Regimental Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald Pflieger, and Network Enterprise Technology Command Command Sgt. Maj. Gerald Williams and Army Chief of Information -- G6 Sgt. Maj. Kevin McCreary engaged attendees with an open question and answer session.
The week culminated with two final events on Sept 14, a morning Regimental run through Schofield Barracks and the Regimental Ball that evening at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.
The ball included many events, from the posting of the colors to a performance by the Te Vai Ura Nui Dance Ensemble, the historic Hawaiian Kings Guard Drill Team, Royal Hawaiian Guard, a regimental cake cutting ceremony, multiple presentations of awards culminating with an address by keynote speaker Williams.
"Team Pacific has a reputation of being an outstanding team of professionals as one of the premier Army Signal theaters, and our nation is truly proud of the great leaders, Soldiers and Civilians who take care of our Army each and every day," said Williams.
Williams also thanked the Civilians and Families of all the organizations in the Pacific Theater for their hard work and patriotism.
"On behalf of Maj. Gen. [Alan] Lynn [NETCOM commanding general] and the entire NETCOM team, I want to thank each and every one of you for your hard work, dedication and personal sacrifices that you and your family make on a daily basis. We cannot repay you enough for what you do."