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Col. Jimmy L. Hall assumes command of 5th Signal

Col. Mitchell L. Kilgo (left) relinquishes command of the 5th Signal Command by passing the command's colors to Lt. Gen. Donald M. Campbell Jr., commander of U.S. Army Europe, in a ceremony at Clay Kaserne, Wiesbaden, Germany, on May 19, 2014. Eric A. Brown/Stars and Stripes

WIESBADEN, Germany — Only a few days have passed since Col. Mitchell L. Kilgo stood on Clay Kaserne’s soccer field-turned-parade-grounds. Only this time, he wasn’t presiding over a change of command ceremony for one of his brigades, but rather relinquishing command of his own organization.

Under near-perfect weather Monday, Kilgo, a native of Newport News, Virginia, relinquished his role as leader of 5th Signal Command to Col. Jimmy L. Hall in a ceremony attended by hundreds of spectators, German officials, and soldiers representing the command’s two brigades and eight battalions.

“You have delivered IT (information technology),” Kilgo said in summary following remarks underscoring the command’s accomplishments. “Over the last year you’ve established critical communications capabilities for MK air base in Romania.”

“Colonel Kilgo and his team established an environment of trust and transparency for the command that promoted the value of every member of the team,” said Lt. Gen. Donald M. Campbell Jr., commander of U.S. Army Europe.

Kilgo’s next assignment will take him to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he becomes the U.S. Army Forces Command’s chief information officer.

Prior to taking over as 5th Signal’s commander, Hall headed the 2nd Signal Brigade, also headquartered on Clay Kaserne.

The 5th Signal Command provides communication support to units in Germany, Belgium, Italy and Britain.

“What a homerun for the USAREUR team,” Campbell said. “We have the opportunity to keep one of our own.”

brown.eric@stripes.com

 

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