WIESBADEN, Germany -- The 102nd Strategic Signal Battalion, 2nd Theater Signal Brigade, hosted a change of command ceremony May 31, 2018 in Wiesbaden.
U.S. Army Lt. Col. Ernest Tornabell IV transferred command of the battalion to U.S. Army Lt. Col. Oscar Tiglao during a ceremony in the Tony Bass Gym on Clay Kaserne. Standing in formation with the U.S. Soldiers were German Soldiers assigned to the Bundeswehr's 282nd CIS Support Battalion in Kastellaun, the 102nd Strategic Signal Battalion's designated partner unit.
U.S. Army Col. Jeff Worthington, commander of the 2nd Theater Signal Bde., praised Tornabell for developing a strong command climate focused on innovation and adaptability.
"Over the last two years Lt. Col. Tornabell provided superb leadership, vision and guidance to the hundreds of local nationals, civilians and Soldiers who perform their mission throughout Europe every day," Worthington said.
Under Tornabell's tenure the battalion earned several awards and recognition for outstanding service delivery, including winning the U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command's 2017 Network Enterprise Center of the Year competition, large category, in 2016 and 2017; and the Enterprise SATCOM Gateway - Landstuhl being named the Defense Information Systems Agency Europe 2016 European Gateway Facility of the Year in the large gateway category.
Tornabell thanked his family, friends, Soldiers and other leaders for their support and hard work throughout his command.
"Over the last two years I have had the distinct honor and privilege of commanding the largest and best strategic signal battalion in Europe and in our Signal Corps," Tornabell said. "We (Tornabell and his family) leave with fond memories and lifelong friendships."
Worthington said Tornabell was leaving the battalion in the right hands with Tiglao.
"He has the right experience, the right leadership skills, and the character to make what is already a high-performing unit even better," Worthington said of Tiglao.
Tiglao said he had wanted to serve in Europe for some time and was honored to join the 102nd Strategic Signal Battalion and the 2nd Theater Signal Brigade.
"I've spent the majority of my career on the other side, the distant end of the 102nd's satellite links, and I'm honored to now join the team here," Tiglao said. "I'm humbled, I'm honored, I'm inspired by your accomplishments and customer focus."
Tiglao earned a bachelor's in mathematics from the University of Washington and a master's in technology management from Georgetown University. His previous assignment was as squadron commander at the Joint Communications Unit at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
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.