CECOM builds camaraderie with hail and farewell ceremony

By Rachel PonderMay 25, 2023

Hail and Farewell

Outgoing U.S. Amy Communications-Electronics Command Chaplain (Col.) Tim Ryu, center, receives the Army Commendation Medal from CECOM Commanding General Maj. Gen. Robert Edmonson II, left, and CECOM Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Conaty, right, during the CECOM “hail and farewell" ceremony at the APG Bowling Center May 10, 2023. Trimble is retiring soon on June 2 with 26 years of service.
Photo by Sean Keif, CECOM PAO
(Photo Credit: Photo by Sean Keif, CECOM PAO )

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command’s leadership welcomed new employees and thanked departing employees for their service during the CECOM “hail and farewell” ceremony at the APG Bowling Center May 10, 2023.

Heather Hilton, secretary to the general staff, organized the ceremony and said CECOM plans to host a “hail and farewell” twice a year. The social event gave leadership the chance to share accomplishments and interesting facts about the incoming and outgoing Soldiers and civilians.


The hailed employees were Stephanie Sterrett, program support specialist with the CECOM command group; Ken Trabue, chief information officer G-6 director; Fred Norrell, G-8 director; Capt. Samuel Harding, assistant executive officer to the commanding general; Dan Clark, executive assistant to the deputy to the commanding general; Chaplain (Col.) Brad Lewis, CECOM chaplain; Col. Michael Rizzotti, staff judge advocate; and Sgt. 1st Class Robert Clifton Walker, the incoming executive assistant for CECOM Command Sgt. Major Michael Conaty.


Lt. Col. Loren Segerstrom, the G-1 human resources deputy director, received the Meritorious Service Medal. He was farewelled by the G-1 Director Pam Delaine. Segerstrom is headed to Joint Base Lewis-McChord to serve as a battalion commander.

“You served as a great coach and mentor to the teammates in G-1,” Delaine said.

Kimber Todd, executive officer to CECOM Deputy to the Commanding General, Liz Miranda, was honored for her dedication to her job. Todd has been with CECOM for 25 years: nine years as a contractor and 16 years as a civilian.

“From day one, she hit the ground running with me,” Miranda said.

Miranda said Todd will be with CECOM for about 90 more days. Her goal is to find a leadership position, she said. Todd thanked Miranda for her mentorship and guidance.

Chaplain (Col.) Tim Ryu received the Army Commendation Medal. Serving as the CECOM chaplain for seven months, CECOM Commanding General Maj. Gen. Robert Edmonson II said he “made the world of difference.”

Edmonson said Ryu provided bilingual, individual and group support to CECOM employees during a trip to Korea.

“It was great to establish that connection,” Edmonson said.

Edmonson also said Ryu had served compassionately, offering bereavement support to employees who lost a teammate during his tenure.

Ryu is departing CECOM because he will be participating in a fellowship at Columbia University in New York City, City, New York. as part of the Senior Service College Fellowship Program.

Ryu said he saw the motto “People First” in action in all levels at CECOM. He said he enjoyed witnessing and experiencing the camaraderie between teammates during his tenure.

“Thank you allowing me to be a part of your life in different ways,” he said.

Capt. Bruce Crawford, the aide-de-camp of Edmonson, received the Meritorious Service Medal.

Edmonson congratulated Crawford, as he is headed to Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and will be promoted to major.

“[The role of an aide-de-camp is] literally trying to stay one step ahead of me on an hourly basis, but he did the whole way,” Edmonson said.

Crawford thanked Edmonson for the opportunity and the command group for their support.

CECOM Chief of Staff Col. Joshua Trimble received the Legion of Merit award. He will be retiring after more than 26 years of service.

Edmonson said Trimble served with integrity and courageously “tells truth to power.”

“Joshua is a leader, he is genuine, he has high moral character,” he said.

Trimble thanked his wife, Amy, for supporting him throughout his career. He plans to stay local and will take leisure time to celebrate his retirement. He said he hopes to thank his teammates in-person before he retires on June 2.

“We were here for a purpose, and I appreciate that, and I appreciate all you have done for me and my family,” he said.

Edmonson concluded the ceremony by stating “at the end of the day, the Army is about people.” He thanked the CECOM staff for their dedication to supporting the Warfighter.

After the formal portion of the event, attendees were able to bowl and socialize.

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