FORT GEORGE G. MEADE., MD. - 7th Signal Command (Theater) held a change of command ceremony at Fort Meade, Maryland on Sept. 1, 2021, to welcome Col. Mark D. Miles as its new commander, and say farewell to outgoing commander Maj. Gen. Christopher L. Eubank. The change of command, held at the Fort Meade post theater on a late summer morning, was preceded by a ceremony where Maj. Gen. Eubank and Command Sergeant Major Michael Starrett uncased the command’s colors, marking the transition of 7th Signal Command from its former home at Fort Gordon, Georgia, to its new headquarters at Fort Meade.
The Department of Defense (DOD) approved the move in January 2021, following the relocation of Army Cyber Command (ARCYBER) from the National Capital Region (NCR) to Fort Gordon GA, in June 2020. This move puts 7th Signal Command in a better position to coordinate and synchronize Department of Defense Information Networks-Army (DODIN-A) operations with Defense Systems Information Agency (DISA), Information Systems Agency (ISA), Joint Force Headquarters (JFHQ)-DODIN, and key NCR stakeholders.
Maj. Gen. Maria Barrett, Commanding General of NETCOM, presided over the change of command ceremony. In her speech at the ceremony, Barrett remarked that Maj. Gen. Eubank performed admirably in command, supporting CONUS signal forces, synchronizing efforts with the Joint Global DODIN, and executing an organizational realignment, orchestrating all of this under the maximum telework conditions forced by the global pandemic.
“Plainly said, Chris, along with his Soldiers, civilians, and contractors performed like the Apollo 13 mission-control team, because when we figured out COVID might be a problem, he and 7th Signal Command truly embodied [the saying] ‘failure is not an option,’” said Barrett.
Later this fall, Maj. Gen. Eubank will become the NETCOM Commanding General at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, taking over from Maj. Gen. Barrett. Eubank said the task of moving from Fort Gordon, Georgia to the NCR has not been without its challenges, but it will make the 7th that much more lethal in accomplishing its mission.
”This move comes at the right time for the Army as we look to establish relationships and partnerships in the National Capital Region on behalf of ARCYBER and NETCOM, enabling more effective collaboration in support of DODIN-Army operations,” said Eubank.
Assuming command is Col. Mark D. Miles. In his remarks, Col. Miles thanked Maj. Gen. Eubank and his family for their support during the transition, and for leaving 7th Signal Command in a better place after 15 months as commanding officer.
“His influence on the command is obvious. Maj. Gen. Eubank did a remarkable job during the pandemic, balancing the many critical missions while prioritizing the health and safety of Team 7th, and setting them up for this historic transition,” said Miles.
Miles said he looks forward to moving 7th’s mission forward at its new home in the NCR.
“The next chapter for this organization will involve significant change and evolution as we establish our presence here at Fort Meade, modernize the unified network, and continue to ensure the cyber domain supports and enables Army and Department of Defense missions across the globe. Melissa and I look forward to being a positive influence on this amazing organization,” said Miles.