By Sharon Shulsky (NETCOM)May 17, 2017
FORT HUACHUCA, Arizona (May 17, 2017) -- Signal Soldiers of the Network Enterprise Technology Command, Fort Huachuca, Ariz., honored their own during a memorial ceremony for the Signal Cove of Remembrance, Wednesday, at the NETCOM headquarters, Greely Hall. The Cove is dedicated to the more than 100 Signal Soldiers and civilians who have died since the 9-11 terrorist attack.
During the solemn ceremony May 17, the name and image of Sgt. 1st Class Allen E. Brown, formerly of the Headquarters Company, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas, was added to the NETCOM Signal Cove of Remembrance memorial.
Brown, a Takoma Park, Maryland native, was wounded November 12, 2016 during an attack on Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan and died December 6, at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Attending the ceremony was Brown's widow, Marissa Brown.
"It is humbling to stand with you here today as we remember and hold in reverence the sacrifices made by the men and women we honor" said Maj. Gen. John W. Baker, NETCOM commanding general. "And, it is with a heavy heart that we continue to add memorial plaques, etched with the names and likeness of our fallen."
With more than 100 people in attendance at the memorial ceremony, the 102 names of the Signal Corps' fallen were read with voices mixed with emotion in remembrance and with the solemn promise to never forget their ultimate sacrifice.
Baker and Command Sgt. Maj. Darris Curry, accompanied by Ms. Brown, placed a memorial wreath and revealed Brown's engraved tile, adding his name to the 101 names already enshrined in the Cove of Remembrance.
Lt. Col. Daryl Morse, 1st Cavalry Division Battalion commander, remarked that, "Sgt. 1st Class Brown was a great Soldier and NCO," who will be missed by all who knew him.
Capt. Jennifer Genslinger, Brown's company commander, echoed this sentiment by saying, "Sgt. 1st Class Brown went out of his way to embrace Soldiers and welcome them into the Army family. He cared very deeply for Soldiers, and he took every opportunity to challenge them and to pass his knowledge on to them."
The annual memorial ceremony ended with the echo of honors in a 21-gun salute and the playing of taps. The Signal Cove of Remembrance was opened in 2008, with 56 names and images of Signal Soldiers and civilians who died in support of Signal operations.