In June, the chapter held its first virtual event partnering with the local chapters of the Association of the United States Army and the Signal Corps Regimental Association commemorating the 160th Anniversary of the U.S. Army Signal Corps. The senior Signal Corps officer from Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maj. Gen. Mitchell Kilgo, USA, shared his thoughts on the Corps and the birthday celebration.
"Happy Birthday to the Signal Corps. We all love it; we all continue to support it, and I think it will be that way forever. As the slogan says, 'You can talk about us, but you can't talk without us.' The regiment will forever be," stated Gen. Kilgo during his introduction of the virtual birthday event.
Gen. Kilgo reflected on questions regarding the future of Signal Corps. "There is a lot of people who try to tell us how to do our job, but there is nobody that wants to do our job. It gets down to the Signal soldier, him or herself. It is the heart of that soldier that allows us to survive, to be creative, to use innovation to adapt to our changing environment."
During the virtual event, Gen. Kilgo reviewed some of the many accomplishments and contributions provided by the Signal Corps to our Army and to the nation. Command Sgt. Maj. Frank Gutierrez, USA, who has served in the Signal Corps for over 30 years, reminded us of the Signal Corps' contribution toward the development of our first airplane in collaboration with the Wright Brothers. "There's nothing that this Army can't do with a good Signal ear. You look in the history books and you'll realize that the reason the plane was placed on wheels was because of the Signal officers that made that recommendation."
In closing, of the virtual birthday event, Gen. Kilgo referenced a quote from Aristotle: "'We are what we repeatedly do.' Excellence then is not an act but a habit and that is exactly what it has become for all Signal leaders around the world wearing the Army uniform. Not an act but a habit of being innovative, adaptive and stellar. Bringing communications to where it is needed. Happy Birthday, Signal Corps. Army Strong!"