16 February 2011
Orsi hands command of 302nd Signal Battalion to Self
By Sgt. Brian R. Williams
21st Signal Brigade Public Affairs
The 302nd Signal Battalion, 21st Signal Brigade, changed leadership Jan. 31, saying farewell to Col. Douglas Orsi, who led the unit, providing and defending Global Network Enterprise Capabilities for the President of the United States, Secretary of Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff, warfighting Combatant Commanders, the Military Services, and other Federal Agencies.

Orsi, who has commanded the Battalion since June 2009, performed his final official act of passing the Battalion's colors and command of the unit to Lt. Col. Suzanne Self during a ceremony at the Odom Fitness Center.

"I am extremely grateful and honored in having been afforded the privilege to command this Battalion over the last 19 months. I have truly enjoyed each day and the challenges that it brought," Orsi said during his farewell speech.

Prior to taking command, Col. Orsi was told about the mission and the critical 24/7 worldwide communications support the Battalion provides from the President to the Warfighter in Theater.
"The mission the 302d accomplishes is critical and it ultimately contributes to the safety of our nation. I feel privileged to have watched our Soldiers and Civilians in action; accomplishing our mission and helping our customers accomplish theirs."

Orsi's next assignment is to attend the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pa.
Self takes command following the assignment as the Professor of Military Science for the Pony Express Army ROTC Battalion headquartered at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo.

Lt. Col. Self said she's happy to take command of the 302nd Signal Battalion and is already looking forward to continuing the command's important work.

"I am honored to have been selected to join the 302nd Signal Battalion. I recognize the challenges placed before me and acknowledge the immense responsibility placed upon our organization."
"I have the utmost confidence that the Soldiers, Department of the Army Civilians and Civilian counterparts will continue to provide outstanding communications support to the Army, our sister services and the Department of Defense," she said.
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