2018-08-01 / Front Page

Col. Howard assumes brigade command


Colonel Paul Howard, left, receives the unit colors signifying to the unit that soldiers are never without official leadership, ensuring a continuation of trust and allegiance of soldiers to their unit's commander. Colonel Paul Howard, left, receives the unit colors signifying to the unit that soldiers are never without official leadership, ensuring a continuation of trust and allegiance of soldiers to their unit's commander. Early County native, Col. Paul D. Howard was welcomed as the new commander of the 21st Signal Brigade during a change of command ceremony July 13 at Fort Detrick, Maryland.

“Men and women of the 21st Signal Brigade, you have a new commander. I am confident your unit is in good hands,” said Brig. Gen. Welton Chase Jr., commanding general of the 7th Signal Command. “Colonel Howard, we welcome you and Lisa to the 7th Signal Command. We have full confidence in your abilities to lead this unit no matter what comes next.”

“Paul and Lisa, welcome to command. This transition has been exciting as Paul is the perfect officer to take the 21st to the next level,” said Col. Karen J. Roe who commanded the brigade the past two years. “In the face of the unpredictable, competitive global environment, our Army stands ready to compete, deter and win.”

“I admire your humility and selflessness throughout the transition,” Howard told Roe during his address. “You made it clear that as commander’s come and go, the best ones are not determined through her personal accomplishments, but rather her selfless service to make the brigade a success.”

“George Washington once said, ‘To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.’ I know many of you in the crowd have spent most of your lives supporting this idea,” said Howard. “If you will take a minute to look out into this parade field, you will see the future of our Signal Regiment. They stand ready to do the same. As we depart, sleep well knowing that the brave men and women of the 21st Signal Brigade will do their part in preparing for war so that America can remain the land of the free.”

Howard is a 1989 graduate of Early County High School. He is the son of Gerald Howard and Sandra Staley. He has held command and staff positions across all levels of the Army with assignments in the United States, the Republic of Korea, Germany, Iraq and Afghanistan.

As commander of 21st Signal Brigade, he commands over 2,300 soldiers, civilians and contractors who provide communication services to 75,000 customers.

Article edited from press release by U. S. Army Sgt. Raul Pacheco, 21st Signal Brigade Public Affairs.

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