5th Signal Command passes reins to new leader

July 25, 2011

U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs

U.S. Army Europe
Photo credit Jonathon Gray, 5th Signal Command

WIESBADEN, Germany – U.S. Army Europe Commander Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling (right), entrusts the colors and authority of 5th Signal Command to incoming commander Col. Bruce Crawford in the presence of outgoing commander Brig. Gen. Jeffrey G. Smith, Jr., (right), 5th Signal Command Sergeant Major Marilyn Washington, and more than 300 guests during a change of command ceremony at the Wiesbaden Army Airfield.


WIESBADEN, Germany (July 25, 2011) – The reins of 5th Signal Command were entrusted to a new leader at a change of command ceremony held at the Wiesbaden Army Airfield today.

The Dragon Warriors of 5th Signal along with nearly 300 guests welcomed incoming commander Col. Bruce T. Crawford who accepted the colors from United States Army Europe Commander Lt. Gen. Mark P. Hertling. Crawford also assumes duties as the Senior Mission Commander for the Wiesbaden, Heidelberg, Mannheim and Stuttgart military communities as well as USAREUR's Chief Information Officer/ G6.

Outgoing commander Brig. Gen. Jeffrey G. Smith, Jr., served 41 months as 5th Signal's commander and will assume duties as the director of proponentcy for U.S. Army Cyber Command at Fort Meade, Maryland.

Crawford comes to 5th Signal after serving as the coordination group director for the Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army. He also served as the chief of the LandWarNet Integration Division for the Chief Information Office, G6 at the Pentagon.

5th Signal Command, headquartered on Wiesbaden Army Airfield, is the Army's largest theater signal command.