Donahue takes command of 516th.
"The next two years is not about me," COL Donahue told the audience. "It will be all about meeting mission and taking care of the members of this command. Safety is an inherent part of leadership.
"Our goal will be to finish with everyone we start with, with every member of this command better off personally and professionally than they are today," COL Donahue said. "It is great to be here at Team Signal."
COL Donahue came to his new assignment from the Pentagon, where he had served as the executive officer to the Army's G-6/chief information officer.
Participating on the field were units headed by the four battalion commanders and command sergeants major and the 516th Headquarters Company commander and first sergeant, as well as the 25th Infantry Division's Tropic Lightning Band. LTC Stephen M. Donahue served as commander of troops.
More than 400 watched MG Hylton pass the brigade colors to COL Donahue, and COL Donahue pass the colors to the 516th's CSM James W. Anderson, marking the assumption of command.
COL Donahue concurrently accepted the jobs as U.S. Army Pacific's deputy chief of staff, G-6, and as U.S. Army Installation Management Agency Pacific's regional chief information officer.
In his remarks, MG Hylton praised COL Gorzelnik's leadership and discussed some of the brigade's major contributions to USARPAC the past two years. He then welcomed COL Donahue, saying, "We look to you to lead from the front and exploit the mission and transformation momentum created over the last two years."
COL Gorzelnik thanked Team Signal "for all you've done to make this a strong, mission-focused unit providing world class support.
"Our world and our view and way of war changed forever on 11 September 2001," COL Gorzelnik said. "It has not been business as usual in either the Army or in our country. Your talent, drive and teamwork enable command and control and information superiority for our soldiers to fight and win the Global War on Terrorism."
COL Gorzelnik's next assignment is with the staff of the Army's G-6/chief information officer at the Pentagon.
COL Donahue and his wife Karen, their sons Hunter and Keenan and COL Donahue's father, retired LTG Robert J. Donahue, were welcomed to the Army in Hawaii by well-wishers at a reception following the ceremony. LTG Donahue currently serves as president of the national Signal Corps Regimental Association.
COL Donahue was commissioned into the U.S. Army Signal Corps in June 1982 after graduating from the University of South Florida. He later earned master's degrees from the University of Colorado and the Marine War College.
In September 1990, Donahue deployed to Operation Desert Shield/ Storm as assistant operations officer for the 35th Signal Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps.
From 1998-2000, Donahue commanded the 82nd Signal Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C., where he earlier had commanded a company. He then served as the Signal Branch chief at Personnel Command.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army MSM (fourth oak leaf cluster), Joint Commendation medal, Army Commendation Medal (third oak leaf cluster), Joint Achievement Medal, and Army Achievement Medal (fifth oak leaf cluster).
COL Donahue has earned the Joint Staff and Army Staff identification badges, as well as U.S. Army master, U.S. Navy, German and Australian parachutist badges.
ACA--Army Contracting Agency
AEI-ESC (MS)--Army Enterprise Infostructure--Enterprise Software Consolidation (Microsoft)
APM--assistant project manager
APM BRS--Assistant Project Manager, Base Radio Systems
APM KICC--Assistant Project Manager, KICC
AOR--area of operations
ARCENT--Army Central Command
ASCP--Army Small Computer Program
ATM--Asynchronous Transfer Mode
C4--command, control, communications and computers
C4IEWS--Communications, Command, Control, Computer, Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors
CAC--Common Access Card
CCU/SPO--Command Center Upgrades/Special Projects Office
CECOM--U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command
CFLCC--Coalition Forces Land Component Command
CJTF7--Coalition Joint Task Force 7
CONUS--Continental United States
CSCT--Combat Support Coordination Team
C-STEP--Contingency Standardized Tactical Entry Point
DoD--Department of Defense
DOIM--Directorates of Information Management
DISA--Defense Information Systems Agency
DMS--Defense Message System
DSN--Digital Service Network
ESI--Enterprise Software Initiative
ESMIS--Electronic Signature Management Information System
ETSSP--enhanced tactical satellite signal processors
FBCB2--Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below
FROKA--First ROK Army
GCCS-K--Global Command and Control System--Korea
GMF TACSAT--Ground Mobile Forces Tactical Satellite
GSA--General Services Administration
ISEC--Information Systems Engineering Command
ITEC4--Information Technology E-Commerce and Commercial Contracting Center
KICC--Kuwait Iraq Command, Control, Communications and Comupters
KM--Knowledge Management km--kilometers
LRC--Logistics Readiness Center
MCS-L--Maneuver Control System-Light
MILSATCOM STAR-T--Military Satellite Communications Super High
MPLS--Multi Protocol Label Switching
STAR-T--SHF Tri-Band Advanced Range Extension Terminal system
NETCOM/9th ASC--Network Enterprise Technology Command/9th Army Signal Command Pass- K--Pacific Area Secure Server- Korea
NCO--non commissioned officer
PMSEID--Product Management Office Secure Electronic Transactions Devices
PM DCASS--Project Manager, Defense Communications and Army Switched Systems
OCPA--Office of the Coalition Provisional Authority
OEF--Operation Enduring Freedom
OIF--Operation Iraqi Freedom
ORHA--Office for Reconstruction and Humanitarian Affairs
PM DCATS--Project Manager, Defense Communications and Army Transmission Systems Product Manager, Defense Wide Transmission Systems (PM DWTS
PM WlN-T--Program Manager Warfighter Information Network-Tactical
POM--Program Objective Memorandum
ROK--Republic of Korea
SROKA--Second ROK Army
TROKA--Third ROK Army
USAR--U.S. Army Reserve
USARC--U.S. Army Reserve Command
USFK- United States Forces Korea
Mr. McPherson is with the 516th Signal Brigade.
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|Title Annotation:||Leader Transitions|
|Date:||Sep 22, 2003|
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