FORT KNOX, Ky. - Lt. Col. Brittiane Staton, assistant chief of staff for G-6, 1st Theater Sustainment Command, was inducted into the White House Communications Agency Hall of Fame, March 24, 2023, at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C.
Staton was recognized for her work while serving as a member of the WHCA from June 2019 to May 2022. During this time, she served as the presidential communication officer from July 2019 to January 2020.
She was shocked and surprised when she was notified about the induction. “I have always focused on doing my job and building great teams along the way,” she said.
“I credit the members of my team with embracing my motto and vision of ‘One Team, One Fight’,” Staton added.
Days before the COVID-19 lockdown in March 2020, and through May 2022, Staton also served as commander of a nominative, selectively manned, joint-service unit comprised of members of multiple organizations.
“We were charged with providing executive level customer support to senior government officials and members of the presidential information technology community throughout the national capital region and the White House complex,” she said.
Staton further explained, “My team was responsible for ensuring the president, vice president, cabinet members, national security staff, senior White House staff, executive office of the president, and the White House military office could communicate and pass multimedia information globally under all conditions.”
Staton was also directly responsible for the health, welfare, and training of 133 service members, DOD civilians and contractors; as well as the installation, operations, and maintenance of $20 million in communications infrastructure.
As commander of the Executive Services Command, Staton developed and implemented telecommunications support for the White House staff during the COVID-19 emergency.
“The unique challenge about developing teleworking capability to over 90% of the White House staff, was ensuring that they all received devices which would allow secure, remote access, while also functionally identical working in the White House,” she said.
Her team also led the plan for off boarding the 45th president and vice president and senior staff members.
“We created three separate and distinct successful operations, performed during the COVID-19 lockdown, with zero impact to the mission,” she described.
She also briefed senior officials.
“As the ESC commander, I provided my knowledge and input in weekly briefs to the incoming deputy White House director of technology, on securing shipping assets to on-boarding staff located throughout the country,” she added.
“I cannot express how memorable this was for me, to witness one of our nation’s highest moments,” she said. “I feel truly blessed to be able to watch and be a part of such a historic transition.”
Her membership into the exclusive White House Communications Agency Hall of Fame isn’t her family’s first achievement to be marked in Washington.
“I come from a family of civil rights activists and community leaders,” Staton proudly said. “My grandparents, Esau and Janie Jenkins of Johns Island, South Carolina, advocated for desegregating schools, employment, and demanded equal rights and the privileges of full citizenship for African Americans.
“They used their 1966 Volkswagen Type 2 Microbus with the words ‘Love is Progress, Hate is Expensive,’ to transport residents into Charleston, South Carolina. Today, the back of my grandparents’ Volkswagen Microbus is installed in the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.”
Staton has been the ACoS for the G-6 section at 1st TSC since June 2022, where she leads a staff of Soldiers who provide all tactical and strategic communications to ensure that the 1st TSC and subordinate units can provide single sustainment mission command to Army, Joint, and Multinational Forces in support of Central Command’s Unified Land Operations in order to enable the combatant commander’s ability to prevent, shape, and win our nation’s wars.