2017-04-21 / News Update

7th Signal Command recognizes Soldiers and civilians

BY NEIL R. GUILLEBEAU
7th Signal Command (Theater) Public Affairs


Spc. Johnbaptist Lubwama as he completes the 12-mile ruck sack march portion of the 7th Signal Command’s Best Warrior competition. Spc. Johnbaptist Lubwama as he completes the 12-mile ruck sack march portion of the 7th Signal Command’s Best Warrior competition. Four Soldiers from 7th Signal Command (Theater) units across the country competed in a command-wide Best Warrior Competition at Fort Gordon, Ga., April 10-13 to determine the command’s Soldier and Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year.

BWC winners and competitors were announced during a recognition ceremony at the Gordon Club Friday, April 14, along with the command’s junior and senior Civilians of the Year.

“What a wonderful day and a wonderful ceremony to recognize our men and women who have done so much for our nation,” said Brig. Gen. Welton Chase, Jr., commanding general, 7th Signal Command (Theater), via teleconference from Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. “I’m excited and honored to be with you as we recognize our best warriors and civil servants for all they do for our command.”


Donna Taylor (center), 21st Signal Brigade, received the junior Civilian of the Year award. Presented by Sgt. Maj. Christine Purnell, 7th SC (T) and John Hildebrand, civilian deputy commander, 7th SC (T). Aleeda Ramos, 21st Signal Brigade, received the senior COY award, but was unable to attend the ceremony). 
PHOTOS BY 7TH SIGNAL COMMAND (THEATER) PUBLIC AFFAIRS Donna Taylor (center), 21st Signal Brigade, received the junior Civilian of the Year award. Presented by Sgt. Maj. Christine Purnell, 7th SC (T) and John Hildebrand, civilian deputy commander, 7th SC (T). Aleeda Ramos, 21st Signal Brigade, received the senior COY award, but was unable to attend the ceremony). PHOTOS BY 7TH SIGNAL COMMAND (THEATER) PUBLIC AFFAIRS The BWC and COY winners and honorees are:

Staff Sgt. Brian Randall, 21st Signal Brigade, was selected as the NCO of the Year.

Spc. Johnbaptist Lubwama, 106th Signal Brigade, was selected as the SOY. Spec. Allison Mack, 93rd Signal Brigade, was selected as the SOY runner-up. Spc. Stephan English, 21st Signal Brigade, also received recognition as a BWC participant.

Aleeda Ramos, 21st Signal Brigade, received the senior COY award.

Donna Taylor, 21st Signal Brigade, received the junior COY award.

The other honorees:


Spc. Allison Mack during the 12-mile ruck sack march portion of the 7th Signal Command’s Best Warrior competition. Spc. Allison Mack during the 12-mile ruck sack march portion of the 7th Signal Command’s Best Warrior competition. 7th SC (T), Headquarters, Headquarters Company: Lisa Flecha, junior COY, and Kenneth Colyer, senior COY.

93rd Signal Brigade: Stephanie Lopes, junior COY, and Aaron Ford, senior COY.

106th Signal Brigade: John Skinner, junior COY, and Dennis Butolph, senior COY.

The Soldiers participated in Engagement Skills Trainer marksmanship (a laser-based, indoor, multipurpose arms trainer) combative skills, water survival, day and night land navigation, Army

Warrior Tasks, a 12-mile ruck march, rifle qualification, a written exam and an oral board.

The COYs were selected by a board of colleagues.

“ We have almost 2,000 Soldiers assigned to the 7th Signal Command, but out of those 2,000 the four Soldiers here with us this morning represent the NCOs and Soldiers that strive for excellence in everything they do every day,” said Sgt. Maj. Christine Purnell, command sgt. maj., 7th SC (T).


Staff. Sgt. Randall participates in the day land navigation portion of the 7th Signal Command’s Best Warrior competition. Staff. Sgt. Randall participates in the day land navigation portion of the 7th Signal Command’s Best Warrior competition. “They do not settle for the minimum standards and they are passionate about their jobs and taking care of Soldiers. They have a strong desire to excel and are not afraid of competition or a little bit of pain.”

Randall and Lubwama will participate at the next level during the BWC at Network Enterprise and Technology Command, Fort Huachuca, Arizona, in May.

The unit ministry team provided spiritual fitness support as well as meals for the ice breaker reception and at the M4 range.

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