MANNHEIM, Germany — Brig. Gen. Dennis L. Via handed off leadership of 5th Signal Command to Brig. Gen. Susan S. Lawrence at a change-of-command ceremony Thursday at Taylor Barracks.
Via, who is moving on to command U.S. Communications and Electronics Lifecycle Management Command at Fort Monmouth, N.J., had led 5th Signal since August 2005.
Over that time, the command consolidated the Army’s communication infrastructure in Europe from 21 network centers into four processing centers, and increased the Army network’s security capacity to move voice and data in Europe. At the same time, two of the command’s seven battalions shipped out to Afghanistan, while a third battalion deployed to support the Iraq war.
Gen. David D. McKiernan, commander of U.S. Army Europe, said that after the last processing center went in and a new information management operation stood up to administer the new system, commanders in Europe finally realized the network’s potential. Source and more Info: www.stripes.com/news/a-homecoming-for-new-5th-signal-comm…
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