First to Communicate







Distinguished Colleagues,

Our founder, Lieutenant General Emmett C. Paige, United States Army, Retired passed to his great reward on 31 August 2017.  He was a great American soldier, leader and mentor.  I encourage you to read his biography on our 1st Signal Brigade Association website, but I would like to highlight some just some of his many career points with you here.

 In 1947, 16 year old Emmett Paige dropped out of high school in Jacksonville Florida to enlist in the Army – he wanted to do something big.  An NCO in less than five years, he graduated from the Signal Corps Officer Candidate School and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant.  He served with the 40th and 41st Signal Construction Battalions and the 9th Signal Battalion.  He commanded the 57th Signal Company in Yongsan, Korea, the 351st Signal Battalion in Vietnam, and the 11th Signal Group and the Information Systems Command at Fort Huachuca.  He returned from retirement to the Department of Defense to be the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence.

Special to us, General Paige was a principal planner and driving force for the backbone communications system that many of us established and then operated and maintained throughout Vietnam with communications to Thailand, Okinawa and points beyond.

I had the honor to speak at his funeral service.  I emphasized General Paige’s loyalty to troops, to include founding our Association for our camaraderie benefit.  I told them about our reunions and the good we do for others.  I noted our Association contribution to the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics scholarship fund that General Paige founded.  I ended by reading several selected sentiments expressed by our Association Directors to show the strong respect, admiration and loyalty that his leadership inspired in soldiers who met him early in their careers and some who met him at our reunions.  He was a soldier’s soldier.

It is our duty to carry on our good work and camaraderie.  Our September reunion in San Antonio is shaping up very nicely – great downtown location, historic hotel (modern rooms and facilities) and most importantly, great people.  Check our web site, tell your friends and come join us.  Our testimony of goodness is that everyone who comes says “I’ll be back.”  See you there.

Pro patria vigilans
Peter Kind, 1st Signal Brigade Association Chairman

  The December 2017 Newsletter is posted in the Members Newsletter section

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