Army chief information officer honored as distinguished member of the regiment
During TechNet Augusta 2013, conventioneers took a break from the various guest speakers and exhibits to join the celebration as Lt. Gen. Susan S. Lawrence, U.S. Army chief information officer, was inducted as a distinguished member of the Signal Regiment.
The event was held Sept. 11, immediately following Lawrence’s keynote address.
“This award is our regiment’s most prestigious, and I am deeply honored to be part of this recognition,” said Maj. Gen. LaWarren V. Patterson, U.S Army Signal Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon commanding general.
In her role as chief information officer, Lawrence reports directly to the secretary of the Army for setting strategic direction and objectives, and supports the chief of staff of the Army by advising on network, communications, and signal operations.
“In her current assignment, she has been instrumental in possibly the most significant transformation since Brig. Gen. Albert J. Myer formed our corps more than 150 years ago and with the same intent of preserving our nation,” Patterson said. “Lt. Gen. Lawrence will join a select few who have been recognized over the years as distinguished members, designating her as one of the amazing individuals whose contributions and impact on the regiment has ensured her place in Signal Corps history.”
Lawrence said she was deeply honored to be recognized as a distinguished member of the regiment, and thanked those who helped guide and mentor her throughout her career.
“Looking back, I am so grateful for all those who have helped me along the way,” she said. “I am truly blessed. Thank you all.”
Before the ceremony, Lawrence gave her keynote address to the expo, discussing the importance of building an “interstate for our information highway.”
“ We will become a stronger Army when we are done,” she said.
During her remarks, Lawrence recognized the role of individuals in the continued success of the Army’s information network. Without people, she said, it would all fall apart.
“We spend a lot of time focusing on technology,” she said. “But never forget, it’s all about the people.”