By Tyler Ogoshi,October 8, 2015
FORT SHAFTER -- Army Signal Soldiers and Civilians from across the globe gathered on the island of Oahu to celebrate the 155th birthday of the U.S. Army Signal Corps during Pacific Signal Week, Sept. 14-18.
Throughout the week, attendees traversed the island for team building and professional development events, all of which focused on building camaraderie and spirit-de-corps, familiarizing mission partners with the intricacies of secure communications and informing Signaleers of the way ahead for the Signal Corps.
"We have the hardest working professionals who are carrying out and conducting the day-to-day operations, maintaining a physically fit force that is ready to execute anywhere, anytime, and with the highest level of proficiency throughout the Pacific area of responsibility," said Command Sergeant Major Darris Curry, 311th Signal Command (Theater).
Senior leaders of the Army Signal mission participated in workshops, discussions and briefings during the Communicators' Forum, the professional development portion of Signal Week.
"We're going to focus on increasing the accuracy of what we're reporting and who are reporting, assess the impact, and then work on educating and reforming our service members," said Lieutenant General Robert S. Ferrell, Army Chief Information Officer/G-6 said of his team's near-term objectives.
During Wednesday's brief at the 30th Signal Battalion on Schofield Barracks, Major General John B. Morrison Jr., Commander, U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command and Deputy Commander, U.S. Army Cyber Command, Signal Center of Excellence, spoke of the three main focus areas for Signaleers: Standardize, Modernize and Integrate.
"For the first time, we will be able to converge all our networks onto one infrastructure," Morrison said of integrating tactical and strategic networks. He said this long-sought solution will drastically improve functionality, allowing operators more flexibility and new capabilities, such as inserting mission partners into the regional Hub nodes during joint readiness exercises and operations.
Team building events throughout the week included bowling tournaments, biking, a golf scramble sponsored by the Signal Corps Regimental Association's Hawaii chapter, a motorcycle mentorship and safety ride around the island, Hawaiian canoe paddling, the annual regimental run, a prayer breakfast, and tours of the Network Enterprise Center. The culminating event of the week was the Signal ball on Friday, where nearly 800 Soldiers and Officers celebrated and danced the night away at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.
Selected Soldiers and Civilians were presented with honors and awards at the ball for going above and beyond the call of duty. All in attendance were able to look back on the past years' accomplishments during the 'Hooah' multi-media video production, comprised of images and videos from Signal teams across the Pacific. Attendees from various Army organizations cheered out from their tables as the digital graphics of their units appeared on the large screens displaying the video on each corner of the ball room
"You have all worked very hard, and it has not gone unnoticed," Major General Lawrence W. Brock III, Commander, 311th Sig. Cmd., in his closing remarks at the ball. "Tonight is for you, to celebrate --responsibly- all your many achievements. So we'll see you on the dance floor!"