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Pentagon Officials Brief Press on Operations in Syria

Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana W. White and U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., director, The Joint Staff, brief the press on operations in Syria.

Posted by U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) on Saturday, April 14, 2018

The Mighty 509th was honored to host MG Baker, the Commanding General of NETCOM. During the visit, MG Baker gained insight into 509th Signal Battalion's operations and met with key stakeholders. The highlight of his trip was the presentation of the FY17 NEC of the Year Award (Medium Category) to the battalion. This is the second consecutive year that 509th has won and is an accomplishment as only three NECs each year are awarded of a total of 132 worldwide. The NEC of the Year is a testament to the 509th's commitment, dedication, and hard work towards providing C4IM services to our customers and supporting strategic initiatives across the AOR.

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SPC Taona Aschle was promoted to Sergeant in a ceremony overseen by SFC Manglicmot, the Detachment Sergeant. Our Soldiers embody what it means to be an NCO, and are a result of the Battalion developing its junior Soldiers and teaching them to thrive in a complex environment. SGT Aschle is a core member of the Battalion’s staff and has demonstrated that she is a dynamic problem solver that will continue to help the 509th prove it is a winning team of trusted professionals committed to providing high-quality services.

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The 509th continues to work towards enabling and enhancing the Alliance as a part of its #StrongEurope initiatives. The Battalion S1 held its first interoperability working group with the 184th Italian Signal Battalion S1 from Treviso, Italy. The 509th was hosted by the 184th at their base in Treviso over two days, where they discussed the various principles of Human Resource support for their respective Armies. On the second day, the 509th's S1 worked and shadowed the 184th's S1 to gain a better understanding of the Italian Army's daily operations. The event ended with the formal exchanging of gifts and an agreement for future joint ventures between the two units. Close relationships with our Partners and Allies are critical to developing a Strong Europe as U.S. Army Europe transitions from an assurance to deterrence posture. The 509th would like to give a special thank you to SGM Albano Battistella, the 509th's Italian liaison, for setting this event up. #SignalStrong!

US Army Garrison Italy; U.S. Mission to NATO; U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command; Office of the Army Chief Information Officer/G-6; 2nd Theater Signal Brigade

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The Battalion hosted its quarterly Hail and Farewell dinner for its departing members and those newly arrived. The team gathered to share stories and reflect on the accomplishments the battalion has achieved and these individuals have been instrumental in the 509th maintaining the DOD Information Network. Hail and Farewells are a crucial component of sustaining the force, one of NETCOMs lines of effort, and for recognizing the 509th's team of winning professionals, as well as, integrating new members into the team.

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Congratulations to Mrs. Sykes, an Department of Army Civilian and Army Reservist, who reenlisted for another 6 years. A reenlistment is a significant event for a Soldier as it is a renewal of the oath they swear to support and defend the U.S. Constitution. However, not every Soldier is able to reenlist. Mrs Sykes is a reservist with 335th Signal Command and is also a Signal Soldier. She had LTC Reeder, the 509th Battalion Commander give her the Oath of Enlistment and this is currently her second tour with the 509th. Her reenlistment allows the Army to maintain the readiness posture necessary to deter aggression across the theater. 509th was honored to be involved with her reenlistment ceremony.

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The 509th continues to work towards enabling and enhancing the Alliance as a part of its #StrongEurope initiatives. The Battalion held a Commander and Key Leader engagement with the 184th Italian Signal Battalion from Treviso, Italy. The 509th
was hosted by the 184th at their base in Treviso, where the events of the day included a meet and greet between the two units' leadership, a unit brief on the 184th's mission, and a tour of the facilities. The event ended with the formal exchanging of gifts and an agreement for future joint ventures between the two units. Close relationships with our Partners and Allies are critical to developing a Strong Europe as U.S. Army Europe transitions from an assurance to deterrence posture. The 509th would like to give a special thank you to SGM Albano Battistella, the 509th's Italian liaison, for setting this event up. #SignalStrong!

US Army Garrison Italy; U.S. Mission to NATO; U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command; Office of the Army Chief Information Officer/G-6; 2nd Theater Signal Brigade

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509th SSB is led a LPD for signaleers across the theater at Microsoft’s Headquarters in Milan. 2d TSB and the 509th are committed to standardizing processes in an effort to improve the quality of enterprise services to its stakeholders. By arranging for a “Process Architect” to travel from San Antonio, the battalion ensured a level of expertise that is sure to inform the signal community and result in reduced incidents and interruptions to enterprise services.

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CPL Manuel was promoted to Sergeant in a ceremony overseen by CSM Vasquez, the Battalion CSM. Our Soldiers embody what it means to be an NCO, and are a result of the Battalion developing its junior Soldiers and teaching them to thrive in a complex environment. SGT Manuel is a core member of the Battalion’s staff and has demonstrated that he is a dynamic problem solver that will continue to help the 509th prove it is a winning team of trusted professionals committed to providing high-quality services.

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Congratulations to Specialist Aschle, who reenlisted into the Army. A reenlistment is a significant event for a Soldier as it is a renewal of the oath they swear to support and defend the U.S. Constitution. However, not every Soldier is able to reenlist. Specialist Aschle was selected for reenlistment due to her hard work and dedication to mission accomplishment. Reenlistments are a tool available to a commander to retain the most qualified Soldiers within the formation and allows the unit to maintain the readiness posture necessary to deter aggression across the theater. 509th is committed to sustaining the force through retaining the utmost technically and tactically proficient Soldiers.

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509th Strategic Signal Battalion Soldiers joined CH (MAJ) Hensley and SPC Flournoy in celebrating the National Prayer Breakfast in Vicenza, Italy. The event promoted prayer as part of spiritual resiliency. The guest speaker was CH (COL) Karen Meeker of Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. She encouraged the audience with her message entitled: “The Choices You Make and the Challenges You Accept.” Spiritual resiliency is just as important as physical, and the 509th Signal Battalion's Unit Ministry Team continues to sustain the force.

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The 509th Signal Battalion would like to express its congratulations to Lt. General Farina, the new CSA for the Italian Army. Lt. General Farina is the first CSA of the Italian Army to be from the Italian Signal Corps. The 509th Signal Battalion has partnerships with various Italian Signal Regiments across northern Italy and looks forward to its continued friendship and partnership its its Italian allies.

HHD conducted its bi-monthly readiness day which consisted of Army Warrior Tasks. HHD personnel conducted AWT Employ a Hand Grenade. Personnel learned how to identify the five commonly used hand grenades in the Army and after instructions our Soldiers were assessed on their ability to hit a
target placed 35 meters away and successfully employ a grenade through a window from 10 meters away. These are basic skills that Soldiers must maintain to ensure that they are ready to "Fight Tonight."

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The 509th Signal Battalion had the distinct honor of promoting its departing Detachment Sergeant, SFC Rodriguez to Master Sergeant. MSG Rodriguez has since departed the unit, but his efforts were critical to the battalion's efforts in enabling mission command for US Army Africa and to empowering its junior Soldiers. MSG Rodriguez will PCS and become a First Sergeant, keeping the tradition of excellence alive.

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The 509th Signal Battalion is composed of a team of trusted professionals and continue to accomplish great feats. The battalion held an awards ceremony to recognize the outstanding achievements of its members. These feats could only be accomplished due to the battalion's efforts in developing a 'Strong Europe' through junior Soldier/Leader empowerment. Together "We Strengthen!".

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Safety is a responsibility of every member of the 509th Signal Battalion. During a recent Commander's Readiness Day, the battalion held training on Safety Data Sheets (SDS). A Safety Data Sheet (is a detailed informational document prepared by the manufacturer or importer of a hazardous chemical. It describes the physical and chemical properties of the product. SDSs contain useful information such as toxicity, flash point, procedures for spills and leaks, storage guidelines, and exposure control. This training is important for all members of the battalion and is paramount to keeping them safe when handling potential hazardous material.

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Congratulations to our own SGT Kadja Manuel for an outstanding article on junior Soldier development.

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