LUCIUS D. CLAY KASERNE, Wiesbaden, Germany (May 2, 2013) -- 5th Signal Command officially named the Cyber Center Europe building on Clay Kaserne the "Gray Center" in honor of former deputy commanding general of U.S. Army Europe, Lt. Gen. Robert E. Gray. Gray was a distinguished signal officer, leader and mentor who was also the first African-American to become the Chief of Signal and Commanding General of Fort Gordon, Georgia, the headquarters of the Army Signal Regiment.
"When you talk about what professionals do and what they represent, taking the opportunity to recognize those who have come before you is as good of an example that I've ever seen," said Brig. Gen. Bruce T. Crawford, commanding general of 5th Signal Command and U.S. Army Europe CIO/G6.
"In support of our Army's vision of being regionally focused and globally responsive, the Gray Center will house the resources required to provide the full range of cyberspace capabilities for our combatant commanders."
Crawford made it a point to note that the ceremony was much more than just naming a building.
"Today's ceremony is about acknowledging a legacy of a man with a vision; a vision that includes being a Soldier first, being mentally, physically and spiritually prepared, building teams and establishing credible and meaningful relationships, and finally, a vision that includes a deep love of family."
He also acknowledged the contributions of Lt. Gen. Gray's widow, Annie.
"When there were no manuals, you set the standard with your style, grace and your humble approach to coaching and mentoring military spouses."
Gen. Dennis L. Via, commanding general of Army Materiel Command, was the guest speaker and accompanied Crawford and Mrs. Gray, in the unveiling of the building's sign.
"I think it's fitting that we name a building after him, because Lt. Gen. Gray had a major role in 'building' the foundations of so many lives and careers," said Via, who is the first Army signal officer to achieve the rank of four-star general. "I personally know that I wouldn't be here today if it hadn't been for Lt. Gen. Gray who gave a young major (Via) the honor of commanding the 82nd Signal Battalion."
"From the moment that I met him, like so many others, I wanted to be just like him. He was the standard bearer for the Signal Corps, and our role model. He represented an extraordinary example of leadership, service and commitment to Soldiers and their Families, " Via said.
Mrs. Gray also made some brief comments expressing her heartfelt thanks.
"My husband not only cared about education and training of Soldiers, he also cared about their welfare, well being and quality of life, said Mrs. Gray. "So I just want to thank each of you for inviting me here to share in this ceremony and this proud moment.
Lt. Gen. Gray died at age 70 and had 38 years of distinguished service to his country before retiring to Augusta, Georgia.
The "Gray Center" is currently under construction and is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2014.