780th MI Brigade HHC activates on Fort Meade
Army's first and only Computer Network Operations Brigade launched
Story and photo by Tina Miles
780th Military Intelligence Brigade
The company's guidon was uncased and unfurled by Deputy Commander Lt. Col. Eric Remoy and Command Sgt. Maj. Lawrence Hoke, marking a significant milestone in the formation of the Army's first and only Computer Network Operations Brigade.
The HHC activation ceremony is the inaugural ceremony for the newly established brigade. The 780th MI Brigade activation ceremony will be held today.
During Friday's ceremony, the guidon was passed to Capt. Shawn Lonergan, entrusting him to care for and lead the unit as its first company commander. Accepting the guidon from Remoy also symbolized Lonergan's acceptance of responsibility for the unit and the assumption of command.
"The formal establishment of the Headquarters Company marks the exact capability to stand as an independent unit, the capability to receive and train Soldiers, to execute proscribed Army programs, to provide leadership and direction, and to execute with a commander's intent," Remoy said.
Remoy also said that Lonergan would be creating his own leadership climate and not inheriting that of a previous commander.
"Where you stand today is the envy of any officer who has commanded before," Remoy said. "You have the unique position amongst your fellow commanders in the Army of having a brand new unit to lead."
Lonergan thanked his superior officers and staff.
"To the Soldiers of HHC, there's an Irish proverb that states, 'Making the beginning is one-third the work.' We have a lot of challenges still ahead of us and goals to attain," he said. "But together I am confident that we can set the conditions for this company to successfully operate in this new domain."
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May 19, 2013
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