WIESBADEN, Germany -- The U.S. Army Signal Activity Kaiserslautern (USASA-K), 102nd Strategic Signal Battalion, welcomed a new company commander at a change of command ceremony June 5, 2017 in Landstuhl.
Outgoing USASA-K commander Capt. Matthew de la Guardia passed the company guidon to Lt. Col. Ernest Tornabell IV, commander of the 102nd Strategic Signal Bn., who then passed it to the incoming company commander Capt. Dominic F. Adams. This symbolic passing of the organization's colors are representative of the passing of the duties and responsibilities from the outgoing commander to the incoming.
"(Capt. De la Guardia's) team is everywhere and their support is, really, second to none," said Lt. Col. Tornabell during his address to the company. "Matt, you will be missed."
De la Guardia is leaving to pursue a Master of Public Administration degree at the University of Washington. He is one of two Signal Corps officers and one of 50 Armywide selected to participate in the Chief of Staff of the Army's Performance-Based Graduate School Incentive Program.
"Thank you [2nd Theater Signal Brigade commander] Col. [Jeff] Worthington and Lt. Col. Tornabell for this amazing opportunity and granting me this incredible opportunity to serve as a company commander," said Adams, thanking the brigade and battalion commanders, respectively. "All policies and procedures remain in effect, Titan 6 signing on, Titan Strong, Always On," Adams said, taking charge of his new command.
Adams is coming to USASA-K from the Lt. Gen. Robert E. Gray Regional Cyber Center Europe in Wiesbaden where he served as the Theater Cyber Operations Integration Center (TCOIC) battle captain.
"Command is an awesome responsibility and I know that you are up to the challenge," Tornabell said to Adams.
USASA-K operates the Enterprise SATCOM Gateway Landstuhl, the largest Army-operated SATCOM facility outside the continental U.S, which provides warfighters on the ground, air and sea, as well as other Department of Defense and U.S. Government agencies, with internet services via satellite anywhere on five continents and three oceans.
2nd Theater Signal Brigade conducts Department of Defense Information Network operations to enable mission command in support of U.S. Army, Joint and multinational operations throughout the U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command areas of operation.