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Donahue takes command of 516th.

FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii -- COL Brian J. Donahue assumed command of the 516th Signal Brigade from COL Monica M. Gorzelnik Aug. 22 at a Palm Circle ceremony. MG James C. Hylton, commanding general, U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command, officiated.

"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

CENTCOM--Central Command

CFLCC--Coalition Forces Land Component Command

CJTF7--Coalition Joint Task Force 7

CONUS--Continental United States

COTS--commercial off-the-shelf

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

FM--frequency modulation

FORSCOM--Forces Command

FROKA--First ROK Army

GCCS-K--Global Command and Control System--Korea

GMF TACSAT--Ground Mobile Forces Tactical Satellite

GSA--General Services Administration

IP--internet protocol

ISEC--Information Systems Engineering Command

ITC--in-theater coordinator

ITEC4--Information Technology E-Commerce and Commercial Contracting Center

KC--Knowledge 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--Network Command

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

QA--Quality Assurance

RF--radio frequency

ROK--Republic of Korea

SROKA--Second ROK Army

TROKA--Third ROK Army

U.S.--United States

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
Author:McPherson, Bill
Publication:Army Communicator
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 22, 2003
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