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Patterson prepares to take charge of Army's Signal Corps

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LaWarren Patterson gave up command Tuesday morning of the 7th Signal Command, but gained a promotion to major general.

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Lt. Gen. Susan S. Lawrence (from left), Command Sgt. Maj. Patrick Brooks, Maj. Gen. LaWarren Patterson, Maj. Gen. Jennifer Napper and Col. John Hildebrand attend a promotion ceremony at Fort Gordon. Patterson was promoted Tuesday to major general.  KYLE MARTIN/STAFF
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Lt. Gen. Susan S. Lawrence (from left), Command Sgt. Maj. Patrick Brooks, Maj. Gen. LaWarren Patterson, Maj. Gen. Jennifer Napper and Col. John Hildebrand attend a promotion ceremony at Fort Gordon. Patterson was promoted Tuesday to major general.

The “frocking” ceremony at Fort Gordon comes as a prelude to Wednesday’s change of command, when Patterson takes over as chief of the Army’s Signal Corps from Maj. Gen. Alan Lynn. Taking charge of 7th Signal Command from Patterson was Col. John Hildebrand.

Tuesday’s ceremony at Barton Field’s amphitheater largely reflected on Patterson’s achievements as an Army officer, most recently as brigadier general at Fort Gordon’s 7th Signal Command. Under Patterson’s leadership for the past 22 months, the command has enhanced network communications among Army installations and facilitated $2 billion in information technology projects.

Patterson’s superior, Maj. Gen. Jennifer Napper, commanding general of Network Enterprise Technology Command, praised Patterson for his “hands-on” leadership style.

“He knows what is going on, he visits his units, he listens to his people and he keeps those he commands … informed,” Napper said.

Patterson’s second star was placed on his uniform by his wife, Jule Patterson. Their daughter, Veronica Patterson, also joined them on stage.

In his remarks to a crowd of retired Army brass and family friends, Patterson credited the soldiers under him for his success.

“Command is a humbling experience and it’s only as a good as the people who make up the command,” Patterson said.


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