By Neil R. GuillebeauSeptember 7, 2010
FORT GORDON, Ga. (September 8, 2010) - Brig. Gen. LaWarren V. Patterson assumed command of 7th Signal Command (Theater) from Brig. Gen. Jennifer L. Napper Sept. 8 during a ceremony at Fort Gordon's Barton Parade Field Pavilion.
7th Signal Command (Theater), with headquarters at Fort Gordon, operates and defends the Army's portion of the Global Information Grid. The command provides information technology solutions, infrastructure, support and services that include Internet, telephone, email, and teleconferencing for the Army, Joint, Interagency and Multinational forces at military installations throughout the Western Hemisphere.
Subordinate units include the 93rd Signal Brigade at Fort Eustis, Md. the 106th Signal Brigade at Fort Sam Houston, Tex., and the 21st Signal Brigade at Fort Detrick, Md. The 93rd and 106th operate 37 Network Enterprise Centers, which provide information technology solutions, infrastructure, support and services to Army posts, camps and stations in the United States. The 21st performs a variety of unique missions spanning Army North and Army South Areas of Responsibility. Missions include Global Presidential Communications, National Airborne Operations Center, Secret Service Protective Communications, and the Army's Combat Camera Company.
Brigadier General Patterson graduated from Norfolk State University, receiving his commission as a second lieutenant in the Signal Corps in 1982, and earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications. He also holds a Master of Science Degree in General Administration from Central Michigan University, and a Masters in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.
Napper will assume command of 9th Signal Command (Army) during a change of command ceremony at Fort Huachuca on Sept. 22, 2010.