FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. -- The 11th Signal Brigade conducted a change-of-command ceremony at historic Brown Parade Field Friday, to recognize the arrival of Col. Patrick Dedham as its new commander. Dedham succeeds Col. Frank Huber who assumed control of the 11th T Tactical Signal Brigade on February 26, 2009.

Huber was born at Ft. Knox ,Ky., and received his Army commission in 1985 after his graduation from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.

Huber also holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech, a master of science in business administration from Boston University, a master of military arts and science from the School of Advanced Military Studies and a master of strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College.

"Frank Huber distinguished himself through outstanding leadership and superior duty performance," said Brig. Gen P.J. Atkinson, deputy commanding general, III Armored Corps. "He expertly commanded his units at three different installations and struck a delicate balance between NETCOM (Network Enterprise Technology Command) and FORSCOM (Forces Command) requirements. The Thunderbirds are all the better for your time in command.

After the traditional passing of the colors, Huber addressed Dedham saying, "I know I am leaving this brigade in good hands. I believe you will feel as much a part of this great family as Ursel and I have, and I know your experience will be just as rewarding."

Dedham, a New Jersey native, was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant after receiving a bachelor of science degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1988. In 2001, he received a master's degree from Webster University in Management Information Systems.

During his time in service, Dedham has received the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.

In his speech, Dedham said, "I look forward to serving with all the Soldiers of the 11th Signal Brigade as we provide quality signal support by taking care of each other, having enthusiasm in everything we do, being dedicated to excellence and working as a team to deliver superior service."