5th Signal Command’s Cyber Center Europe dedicated to former U.S. Army Europe deputy commander

May 7, 2013

By Kristopher Joseph, 5th Signal Command Public Affairs


(Left to right) Brig. Gen. Bruce T. Crawford, commander of 5th Signal Command and U.S. Army Europe Chief Information Officer, Annie Gray, and Gen. Dennis L. Via, commander of the U.S. Army Materiel Command take part in a ceremony officially naming the Cyber Center Europe building on Clay Kaserne in Wiesbaden, Germany for former USAREUR deputy commander and former Army Chief of Signal Lt. Gen. Robert E. Gray, May 2. The "Gray Center" is currently under construction and is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2014. (Photo by Sgt. Edgar Morales)

(Left to right) Brig. Gen. Bruce T. Crawford, commander of 5th Signal Command and U.S. Army Europe Chief Information Officer, Annie Gray, and Gen. Dennis L. Via, commander of the U.S. Army Materiel Command, take part in a ceremony officially naming the Cyber Center Europe building on Clay Kaserne in Wiesbaden, Germany for former USAREUR deputy commander and former Army Chief of Signal Lt. Gen. Robert E. Gray, May 2. The "Gray Center" is currently under construction and is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2014. (Photo by Sgt. Edgar Morales )

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WIESBADEN, Germany -- 5th Signal Command officially named the Cyber Center Europe building on Wiesbaden's Clay Kaserne the "Gray Center" in honor of former U.S. Army Europe deputy commander Lt. Gen. Robert E. Gray in a ceremony here, May 2.

A distinguished signal officer, leader and mentor who served the Army for 38 years, Gray was the first African-American to become the Army's Chief of Signal and commanding general of Fort Gordon, Ga., the headquarters of the Army Signal Regiment.

“When you talk about what professionals do and what they represent, taking the opportunity to recognize those who have come before you is as good of an example that I’ve ever seen,” said Brig. Gen. Bruce T. Crawford, commanding general of 5th Signal and USAREUR's Chief Information Officer (G6).

“In support of our Army’s vision of being regionally focused and globally responsive, the Gray Center will house the resources required to provide the full range of cyberspace capabilities for our combatant commanders.”

Crawford stressed that the ceremony signified more than naming a building.

“Today’s ceremony is about acknowledging a legacy of a man with a vision; a vision that includes being a Soldier first, being mentally, physically and spiritually prepared, building teams and establishing credible and meaningful relationships, and finally, a vision that includes a deep love of family.”

Crawford also acknowledged the contributions of Gray’s widow, Annie.

“When there were no manuals, you set the standard with your style, grace and your humble approach to coaching and mentoring military spouses,” Crawford said.

Gen. Dennis L. Via, commanding general of the Army Materiel Command, was the ceremony's guest speaker and joined Crawford and Gray in unveiling of the building's new sign.

“I think it’s fitting that we name a building after him, because Lieutenant General Gray had a major role in ‘building’ the foundations of so many lives and careers,” said Via. “I personally know that I wouldn’t be here today if it hadn’t been for Lieutenant General Gray, who gave a young major (Via) the honor of commanding the 82nd Signal Battalion.”

“From the moment that I met him, like so many others, I wanted to be just like him. He was the standard bearer for the Signal Corps, and our role model. He represented an extraordinary example of leadership, service and commitment to Soldiers and their Families,” Via said.

Gray also made some brief comments, expressing her thanks for her the honors paid to her late husband.

“My husband not only cared about education and training of Soldiers, he also cared about their welfare, well-being and quality of life,” said Gray. “So I just want to thank each of you for inviting me here to share in this ceremony and this proud moment.”

The "Gray Center” is currently under construction and is scheduled to be completed in summer 2014.


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