• Fort Shafter, Hawaii " Col. Scott Baer, Commander, 516th Signal Brigade, addresses guests and participants at last week's change of responsibility ceremony, as (left to right) incoming Command Sgt. Maj. Allen Braswell, 311th Signal Command (Theater) Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin Thompson, and outgoing Command Sgt. Maj. Travis Cherry face the troop formation.  The ceremony took place on historic Palm Circle, here, Jan 17. (Photo by Liana Mayo, Public Affairs Officer, 311th Signal Command (Theater))

    516th Signal Brigade Change of Responsibility

    Fort Shafter, Hawaii " Col. Scott Baer, Commander, 516th Signal Brigade, addresses guests and participants at last week's change of responsibility ceremony, as (left to right) incoming Command Sgt. Maj. Allen Braswell, 311th Signal Command (Theater)...

  • FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii " Command Sgt. Maj. Allen Braswell, 516th Signal Brigade incoming Command Sgt. Maj. (left), receives the Noncommissioned Officer's sword from 311th Signal Command (Theater)'s Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin Thompson, symbolizing his new responsibility as leader of troops, as Sgt. Maj. Tara Bryan, Headquarters and Headquarters Company Sgt. Maj., looks on.  The brigade change of responsibility ceremony was conducted at historic Palm Circle, here, Jan 17.  (Photo by Lin Clark Miller, 516th Signal Brigade Unit Public Affairs Representative)

    516th Signal Brigade Change of Responsibility

    FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii " Command Sgt. Maj. Allen Braswell, 516th Signal Brigade incoming Command Sgt. Maj. (left), receives the Noncommissioned Officer's sword from 311th Signal Command (Theater)'s Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin Thompson, symbolizing his new...

  • FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii " Command Sgt. Maj. Travis Cherry, 516th Signal Brigade outgoing Command Sgt. Maj., accepts the unsheathed Noncommissioned Officer's sword from Sgt. Maj. Tara Bryan, Headquarters and Headquarters Company Sgt. Maj., as he prepares to relinquish responsibility for the brigade Soldiers.  311th Signal Command (Theater) Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin Thompson (right), and incoming Brigade Command Sgt. Maj., Command Sgt. Maj. Allen Braswell, watch as they await their turn to pass the sword in the brigade change of responsibility ceremony, at historic Palm Circle, here, Jan 17.  (Photo by Lin Clark Miller, 516th Signal Brigade Unit Public Affairs Representative)

    CSM Cherry unsheathes sword

    FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii " Command Sgt. Maj. Travis Cherry, 516th Signal Brigade outgoing Command Sgt. Maj., accepts the unsheathed Noncommissioned Officer's sword from Sgt. Maj. Tara Bryan, Headquarters and Headquarters Company Sgt. Maj., as he prepares...

  • FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii " Command Sgt. Maj. Travis Cherry, 516th Signal Brigade outgoing Command Sgt. Maj. (left), and incoming Brigade Command Sgt. Maj., Command Sgt. Maj. Allen Braswell (right), flank 311th Signal Command (Theater)'s Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin Thompson, on the parade grounds of historic Palm Circle.  The three Noncommissioned Officers, along with Col. Scott Baer, Commander, 516th Sig. Bde. (not pictured), were key participants in the brigade change of responsibility ceremony held here, Jan 17.  (Photo by Lin Clark Miller, 516th Signal Brigade Unit Public Affairs Representative)

    516th Signal Brigade Change of Responsibility

    FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii " Command Sgt. Maj. Travis Cherry, 516th Signal Brigade outgoing Command Sgt. Maj. (left), and incoming Brigade Command Sgt. Maj., Command Sgt. Maj. Allen Braswell (right), flank 311th Signal Command (Theater)'s Command Sgt. Maj...

  • FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii " Troops stand at ease on the historic Palm Circle parade field, below the nation's colors, during last week's 516th Signal Brigade change of responsibility.  Ceremony participants witnessed incoming Command Sgt. Maj. Allen Braswell assume charge of the brigade Soldiers from outgoing Command Sgt. Maj. Travis Cherry, here, Jan 17. (Photo by Lin Clark Miller, 516th Signal Brigade Unit Public Affairs Representative)

    516th Signal Brigade

    FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii " Troops stand at ease on the historic Palm Circle parade field, below the nation's colors, during last week's 516th Signal Brigade change of responsibility. Ceremony participants witnessed incoming Command Sgt. Maj. Allen...

  • Fort Shafter, Hawaii " Command Sgt. Maj. Allen Braswell, the new 516th Signal Brigade Command Sgt. Maj., holds his grandson Levi, while his daughter-in-law, Lauren, and son Senior Airman Allen Braswell, Sr., look on.  Braswell assumed his new duties from outgoing Command Sgt. Maj. Travis Cherry, minutes before, at a change of responsibility ceremony held at historic Palm Circle, here, Jan 17. (Photo by Liana Mayo, Public Affairs Officer, 311th Signal Command (Theater))

    516th Signal Brigade

    Fort Shafter, Hawaii " Command Sgt. Maj. Allen Braswell, the new 516th Signal Brigade Command Sgt. Maj., holds his grandson Levi, while his daughter-in-law, Lauren, and son Senior Airman Allen Braswell, Sr., look on. Braswell assumed his new duties...

  • FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii " Command Sgt. Maj. Allen Braswell, the new 516th Signal Brigade Command Sgt. Maj., holds his grandson Levi, while he is greeted by Maj. Richard Hunter, the 307th Signal Battalion Executive Officer, at a reception on the lawn outside the brigade headquarters.  With Braswell are wife, PJ, son, Allen Jr. and daughter-in-law, Lauren (not pictured), who watched earlier as the elder Braswell accepted charge of the 516th Soldiers from outgoing Command Sgt. Maj. Travis Cherry, at a change of responsibility ceremony, held at historic Palm Circle, here, Jan 17.  (Photo by Spc. Che'mar Micou-Harris, 516th Signal Brigade Unit Public Affairs Representative)

    Braswell and family welcomed

    FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii " Command Sgt. Maj. Allen Braswell, the new 516th Signal Brigade Command Sgt. Maj., holds his grandson Levi, while he is greeted by Maj. Richard Hunter, the 307th Signal Battalion Executive Officer, at a reception on the lawn...

FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii -- Command Sgt. Maj. Allen Braswell received the noncommissioned officer sword from Command Sgt. Maj. Travis L. Cherry as the 516th Signal Brigade welcomed the Signal Corps' newest brigade CSM during a change of responsibility ceremony, at historic Palm Circle, Jan. 17.
In his remarks, Col. Scott Baer, 516th Sig. Bde. Commander, extended a welcome to the new commander of troops and his wife, the former Miss Piyanee Voranuch of Bangkok, Thailand.
"We are delighted to have you on board, and I look forward to working together as we continue to form this great team across the Pacific," Baer said to Braswell. "PJ welcome to the Brigade! We are lucky to have you both."
"Command Sgt. Maj. Braswell understands the complexity of the mission, coming to us from 304th Expeditionary Sig. Bn., in Korea," Baer said.
During Braswell's remarks, he expressed enthusiasm and gratitude, thanking God that he is "here in good health [and] able to take on such an awesome challenge." He said both he and PJ are passionate about the care of the Soldiers and Families of the brigade.
Braswell's portfolio speaks volumes of his experience. In addition to two Middle East tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, a variety of assignments have polished him as a leader, to include tank gunner, signal system team chief, primary leadership development course instructor, section Sergeant, and drill Sergeant.
For his many military accomplishments, Braswell has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Sergeant Audie Murphy award and branch recognition for significant leadership contributions to Signal, Field Artillery, and Ordinance.
Allen Jr., one of the Braswell's three children and a Senior Airman stationed at Hickam Air Force Base, attended the ceremony with his wife, Lauren and their infant son, Levi.
Baer also took time to honor the accomplishments of outgoing Command Sgt. Maj. Cherry. He reflected on events such as the contractor-to-Soldier conversion of the Regional Hub Node in Guam, and the reorganization of 78th Sig. Bn. at in Camp Zama, Japan to accomplish the missions of both the joint task force group mission on mainland Japan and that of recently inactivated HHD, 58th Sig. Bn., on Okinawa.
"The trust and confidence Command Sgt. Maj. Cherry developed with the senior leaders of our theater over the past 14 months reaped great rewards for the brigade as we charted the way ahead under this new paradigm," Baer said.
Cherry reflected on numerous trips throughout the Pacific brought to mind by the battalion colors waving in the warm breeze: Camp Zama and Okinawa, Japan; Kwajalein Atoll; Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, and Fort Wainright/Fort Greeley, Alaska; and those around Oahu. He reflected on the extensive amount of travel inherent in managing the most geographically dispersed Signal Brigade in the Army.
"The longest time frame [Col. Baer and I] remained on Oahu was only 18 days," he stated.
Cherry credited and thanked the battalions and brigade teams for their accomplishments and support. He reminisced on events that build camaraderie such as a battalion run in Alaska's minus-ten-degree temperatures and runners wearing spikes to avoid slipping on ice, and events shared with Baer whom he described as his battle buddy, leader, mentor, friend, and most of all, as family.
Cherry will take his expertise two blocks east to the brigade's superior command in his new assignment as the 311th Signal Command (Theater) Command Sgt. Maj. His scope of leadership will include the Soldiers of the 516th Sig. Bde., the 1st Signal Brigade in Korea; HHC, 311th SC (T); and the 311th Support Unit in Costa Mesa, Calif.
"I will work hard to earn the respect of everyone -- Civilians and Soldiers, alike," Braswell said. "My fellow Noncommissioned officers and I will keep the enlisted ranks of this brigade in step and mission oriented."
Headquartered on historic Palm Circle, 516th Sig. Bde. is a major subordinate operations and maintenance command of 311th Sig. Cmd. (T) whose mission is to conduct network operations for theater-based LandWarNet communications systems, networks, and enterprise services and provide information services support to generating forces and intergovernmental, interagency and civil authorities during full spectrum operations.

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