By William B. King, 5th Signal Command Public AffairsOctober 23, 2015
WIESBADEN, Germany -- More than 100 Army and Air Force signal Soldiers and civilians gathered for networking and professional development at the U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz Orange Call Oct. 21 at the Armstrong's Club in Kaiserslautern.
The event included a keynote talk by Col. Jimmy L. Hall Jr., commander of 5th Signal Command and the U.S. Army Europe chief information officer/G6, a cybersecurity presentation, breakout sessions focused on civilian, officer and enlisted professional development, and a networking lunch.
Hall spoke about his unique role and responsibilities as policy maker and service provider as the theater signal commander, chief information officer and G6. He also spoke about upcoming changes to signal force structure in Europe and how Team Signal can continue to support two combatant commands and NATO.
"It's a team effort, that's how we get it done. Spend time focusing on what you can accomplish and not on what you don't have," Hall said.
He also spoke about a range of issues across the Signal Regiment, including G2/3/6 integration, the increasing role of cyber and the importance of defending our networks.
"I recognize that for everybody here it's 'live fire' every day," Hall said of maintaining and defending the network.
Dan Hingtgen, from the USAREUR G6 Cybersecurity Division, gave a presentation about cybersecurity awareness, training opportunities and some do's and don'ts for users at work and at home. He also spoke about threats to our networks and the need to protect government and personal information online, including social media.
"Threats and vulnerabilities are increasing exponentially, and they're growing in complexity," Hingtgen said. "The threat is real, and it's happening every day."
He said cybersecurity is a shared responsibility that starts with each user.
"Each and every one of us has the duty and responsibility to protect the network -- cybersecurity is a team effort," Hingtgen said.
The Orange Call was organized by the USAG Rheinland-Pfalz S6 in cooperation with the 21st Theater Support Command as part of the garrison's National Cybersecurity Awareness Month observance.
For more information about Army in Europe information technology training go to https://itt.eur.army.mil.
5th Signal Command's mission is to build, operate and defend network capabilities to enable mission command and create tactical, operational and strategic flexibility for Army, Joint and Multinational forces in the EUCOM and AFRICOM areas of responsibility.