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30th Signal Symposium attracts 2,700 attendees, 200 exhibitors.

FORT GORDON, Ga. -- The U.S. Army Signal Center and the Augusta-Fort Gordon Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications-Electronics Association hosted the 30th annual Signal Regimental Symposium here Dec. 2-6, 2002. The symposium attracted more than 2,700 attendees and more than 200 exhibitors.

The theme was "Enabling Information Superiority for the Objective Force." To that end, the symposium provided professional development for the Regiment's members through various workshops and guest speakers focusing on the Regiment's role in our transforming Army. The symposium also provided a forum in which senior leaders participated in shaping the Regiment's vision and charted a course that will enable the Regiment to support the Army in achieving information superiority as the Army transforms.

The symposium hosted general-officer sessions, a general-officer summit, the council of colonels, "council of fives" (chief warrant officers five), council of command sergeants major and the Functional Area 24/53 colonels Focus group. Office Chief of Signal hosted officer, warrant officer and noncommissioned officer workshops.

The Directorate of Combat Developments, Signal Training and Doctrine Command system managers, School of Information Technology and the Reserve Component also hosted a variety of workshops. Workshop topics included Joint Tactical Radio System cluster and branch Briefings, Global Broadcast System, integrated-systems control, spectrum management, information management and the Objective Force multi-tier network.

During the symposium, branch and FA representatives from Personnel Command also conducted interviews and record reviews.

Chief of Signal BG Jan Hicks updated Signaleers on the "state of the Regiment." CSM Michael Terry, the Signal Regiment command sergeant major, presented "a walk through history," telling the stories of the Signal Regiment's heroes. The guest-speaker lineup included LTG Peter Cuviello, the Army's G-6; MG James Hylton, commander of Network Enterprise Technology Command/9th Army Signal Command; and MG Dave Bryan, vice director of the Defense Information Systems Agency and commander, Joint Task Force-Computer Network Operations.

For the first time in the symposium's history, the entire welcoming ceremony was broadcast live over the Internet via streaming audio and video.

AFCEA's Tech Expo 2002 showcased exhibits of the latest command, control, communications, computers and intelligence systems, including satellite communications, telecommunications, wireless technology, antennas, systems engineering, computer hardware and software, information assurance and communications shelters.

Other activities scheduled during the symposium included the Reserve Component's barbecue/ social, the exhibit hall's grand opening, Distinguished Member of the Regiment induction ceremony, the AFCEA president's dinner, the Signal Corps Regimental Association chapter-awards presentation, unit reunions and the Regimental golf tournament at Gordon Lakes, sponsored by the Association of the United States Army.

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Author:Birch, Thomas
Publication:Army Communicator
Date:Mar 22, 2003
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