2014-03-07 / Front Page

7th Signal Command (Theater) farewells general during ceremony

By Neil R. Guillebeau
7th Signal Command (Theater) Public Affairs


Command Sgt. Maj. Patrick Brooks, command sergeant major, 7th Signal Command (Theater), left, prepares to present the command colors to outgoing commanding general Brig. Gen. John B. Morrison, Jr., center right, who will pass the colors to Brig. Gen. Peter Gallagher, commanding general, U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command, for presentation to incoming interim commander, Col. Arlester Vernon, Jr., center left, to signify the change of command responsibilities from Morrison to Vernon. 
Photo by Neil R. Guillebeau / 7th Signal Command (Theater) Public Affairs Command Sgt. Maj. Patrick Brooks, command sergeant major, 7th Signal Command (Theater), left, prepares to present the command colors to outgoing commanding general Brig. Gen. John B. Morrison, Jr., center right, who will pass the colors to Brig. Gen. Peter Gallagher, commanding general, U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command, for presentation to incoming interim commander, Col. Arlester Vernon, Jr., center left, to signify the change of command responsibilities from Morrison to Vernon. Photo by Neil R. Guillebeau / 7th Signal Command (Theater) Public Affairs Brig. Gen. John B. Morrison, Jr., former commanding general of 7th Signal Command (Theater), relinquished command to Col. Arlester Vernon, Jr., during a ceremony at Fort Gordon, Ga., Feb. 28.

Vernon previously served as the 7th SC (T) deputy commander.

In a separate ceremony held at Fort Gordon’s Freedom Park before the relinquishment of command, Lt. Gen. Edward C. Cardon, commanding general, U. S. Army Cyber Command, presented Morrison with the Distinguished Service Medal. He also presented the Commander’s Award for Public Service to Morrison’s wife, Ann.


Command Sgt. Maj. Patrick Brooks returns the 7th Signal Command (Theater) command colors to the color guard signifying the completion of the relinquishment of command from Brig. Gen. John B. Morrison to Col. Arlester Vernon Jr., during a relinquishment of command ceremony Feb. 28 at Barton Field. 
Photo by Siobhan Carlile / 7th Signal Command (Theater) Command Sgt. Maj. Patrick Brooks returns the 7th Signal Command (Theater) command colors to the color guard signifying the completion of the relinquishment of command from Brig. Gen. John B. Morrison to Col. Arlester Vernon Jr., during a relinquishment of command ceremony Feb. 28 at Barton Field. Photo by Siobhan Carlile / 7th Signal Command (Theater) The DSM citation credited Morrison’s visionary leadership, improving all facets of communication support for Army, joint, interagency, intergovernmental and multinational forces across the western hemisphere, and for rapidly building and training the Army’s new Cyber Protection Teams.

Cardon praised Morrison for his leadership and noted many accomplishments made possible by the 7th SC (T) team, especially the improvements and reliability of the Army’s network.

“That’s due to the hard work by many sitting here today led by Brigadier General Morrison; it’s a tremendous legacy,” said Cordon.

The Commander’s Award for Public Service, signed by Brig. Gen. Peter Gallagher, commanding general, U. S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command, praised Mrs. Morrison for her countless volunteer hours supporting endeavors such as the Wounded Warrior Project, Christmas House and the Fort Gordon Spouses and Civilians Club.

During his farewell comments, Morrison detailed many 7th SC (T) accomplishments and thanked supporting units, the Central Savannah River Area family, and his command team.

“This is a magical unit. From the battalion level to our Network Enterprise Centers to our brigades to our headquarters, it is a magical unit with magical people,” he said. “This team improved network capabilities to our supported commands while improving our network defenses, and laid down the foundation that will change how our Army will operate forever.”

As guest speaker during the relinquishment of command ceremony, Gallagher praised the Morrisons for their leadership and accomplishments.

“John and the 7th Signal Command team supported more than 80 percent of the Army, enabling operations and mission command for three Army commands, six Army service component commands, and 11 direct reporting units on Army camps, posts, stations and joint bases,” he said.

He credited the Morrisons with being the steady hand on the wheel as they led the high performance 7th SC (T) team through adversity and opportunity.

“They made an incredible and positive lasting impact not only on the men and women of 7th Signal Command and Fort Gordon, but on the Army across the continental United States and the western hemisphere,” he said.

Morrison will command NETCOM at Fort Huachuca, Ariz. Vernon will serve as 7th SC (T) interim commander until the prospective commanding general, Brig. Gen. John W. Baker, assumes command on a date to be determined. Baker currently serves as director, J6, U. S. Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.

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