FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii--Command Sgt. Maj. Travis L. Cherry accepted the responsibility for the Soldiers of the 516th Signal Brigade from outgoing Command Sgt. Maj. Kennis J. Dent during a ceremony Nov. 16 on historic Palm Circle, here.

"It is important to maintain continuity within the 516th Signal Brigade," Cherry said. "However, it is just as important to welcome change. I look forward to serving alongside Col. Baer and enhancing the proficiency of the brigade. "

"Command Sgt. Maj. Cherry understands the complexity of the mission; coming to us from 43rd Signal Battalion, 2nd Brigade, Heidelberg, Germany," said Col. Scott Baer, 516th Signal Brigade commander.

Baer praised Dent for his role in the 120-day transformation of 307th Integrated Signal Battalion to an Expeditionary Signal Battalion, its preparation and deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and then its redeployment, reintegration and reset.

Cherry's previous assignments have taken him from Korea to Washington, DC where he served as the noncommissioned officer in charge of the Washington Area Support Directorate, White House Communications Agency.

Among his numerous awards and decorations, Cherry earned the Korean Defense Service Medal, South West Asia Campaign Medal with 2 stars, Iraqi Campaign Medal with 3 stars, the Global War on Terrorism Expedition Medal, Saudi Arabia Kuwaiti Liberation Medal, and the Kuwaiti Liberation Medal.

"The trust and confidence Command Sgt. Maj. Dent developed with the senior leaders of our Theater over the past seven years reaped great rewards for the Brigade as we charted the way ahead under this new paradigm," Baer said.

The 516th Signal Brigade is the forward-based major subordinate operations and maintenance element of the 311th Signal Command. The 311th's mission is to conduct network operations for theater-based LandWarNet communications systems, networks, and enterprise services. It provides information services support to generating forces and intergovernmental, interagency and civil authorities during full spectrum operations.