Signal Center Command Group

Commanding General

Major General LaWarren V. Patterson

MG LaWarren Patterson

Major General LaWarren V. Patterson assumed command of the U.S. Army Signal Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon on 25 July 2012. He most recently served as Commanding General, 7th Signal Command (Theater), Fort Gordon, GA.

General Patterson
graduated from Norfolk State University in 1982, receiving his commission as a second lieutenant in the Signal Corps and earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications. He holds a Master of Science Degree in General Administration from Central Michigan University, and a Masters in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. His military education includes Airborne School, the Signal Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Communications-Electronic Staff Officer Course, Communications-Electronic Warfare Course, the Combined Arms Services Staff School, Command and General Staff College, Joint Professional Military Education-Phase II, and the U.S. Army War College.

His first assignment was with the 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas, where he served as he Battalion Signal Officer for 2/5th Cavalry (Armor), and later as a Platoon Leader in 13th Signal Battalion. In 1986, General Patterson was assigned to Germany and the 87th Maintenance Battalion where he served as Communications-Electronic Maintenance Officer, Battalion S-2/3, and Commander, 85th Light Equipment Maintenance Company. He was later assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division staff as the Division Radio Officer. Returning from Germany in 1990, he was assigned to the Pentagon and the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) Intern Program. After six months, he deployed to Saudi Arabia to support Operation Desert Storm, serving as the Signal Officer for 4/7th Cavalry, 3rd AD. Following Desert Storm, he returned to the JCS Intern Program.

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Deputy to the Commander

Mr. Nelson (Ned) Keeler

Mr. Ned Keeler


Nelson H. (Ned) Keeler was assigned as the Deputy to the Commanding General at the Signal Center of Excellence (SIGCoE) and Fort Gordon in December 2012. In this capacity, he acts for the Commanding General within delegated authority and command guidance concerning operations and activities throughout Fort Gordon. He is responsible for overseeing the training and leader development and execution missions assigned to the SIGCoE and Fort Gordon, which includes over 18,000 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines and over 8,000 Department of the Army Civilians (DAC) and Contractors.



Mr. Keeler has been a member of the Senior Executive Service since June 2001. Prior to his current assignment, he was the Director of Communications-Electronics Software Engineering for the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command from 2008 to 2012. In that capacity, Mr. Keeler managed a military-civilian organization and an annual budget of over $800 million which provided state-of-the-art life cycle engineering products and services throughout the Department of Defense. From 2006 to 2008, he served as the Director of Aviation Programs at the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts where he led a directorate of 160 federal personnel and 300 contractors providing approximately $140 million of annual systems engineering support to the Federal Aviation Administration, National Aeronautic and Space Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, United States Park Service and Postal Service.



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Regimental Command Sergeant Major

CSM Travis Cherry

CSM Travis Cherry Command Sergeant Major Cherry serves as the Command Sergeant Major of the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon, Fort Gordon, Georgia.   He is the senior enlisted advisor to the Cyber CoE Commanding General and staff.   He provides enlisted perspective on care and welfare of the enlisted force, personnel management, leader development, training, and readiness of the command. CSM Cherry also creates awareness and provides guidance on the commander’s theater strategic objectives. 

CSM Cherry was born and raised in Houston, Texas. His military career began at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, where he attended Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Gordon, Georgia, to become a 31K, Combat Communicator. CSM Cherry has demonstrated personal commitment to the Army and his Soldiers as he advanced to positions of higher responsibility. He also served over six years overseas, deploying to Republic of Korea (ROK) in support for the ROK Army, Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm (DS/DS), and later to Iraq and Kuwait in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). Throughout his military career, he served in key leadership positions and held a variety of staff positions, culminating in his current assignment as the Cyber CoE Command Sergeant Major. His other positions consist of Squad and Section Leader, Team Chief, Training Noncommissioned Officers, and Drill Instructor. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from National Louis University and his Master’s Degree in Business from University of Phoenix in June 2012.

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Chief of Staff

Col Robert (Bob) A. Barker

COL Barker Robert

COL Barker began his military career in 1986 when he received a reserve commission in the Signal Corps and a Bachelor (BS) of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering after graduation from Arkansas State University. In 2000, he received a Masters Degree in Computer Resources and Information Technology from Webster University, and a Masters in Strategic Studies from the Army War College in 2009. He is a graduate of the Signal Officer Basic Course, Signal Officer Advanced Course, Communications Electronics Staff Officer Course, Tactical Signal Staff Officer Course, Combined Arms Service Staff School (CAS3), the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the United States Army War College.


COL Barker’s assignments include: Squadron Signal Officer 1-10 Cavalry, Brigade Radio Officer, 194TH Armored Brigade, Fort Knox, Kentucky; Battalion Signal Officer 94TH Combat Heavy Engineer Battalion, Darmstadt, Germany; Battalion S4, Assistant Battalion S3, Company Commander, 440TH Signal Battalion, Darmstadt, Germany; Operations Officer, Theater Communications Control Cell (TCCC) (Forward), Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; Signal Observer Controller (OC), 2ND Simulation Exercise Group, 75TH Exercise Division, Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Battalion S3, 504TH Signal Battalion, Brigade S3, 11TH Signal Brigade, Fort Huachuca, Arizona, Battalion Commander, 63RD Signal Battalion, 93rd Signal Brigade, Satellite Desk Officer, COCOM Branch Chief, and Deputy Division Chief, Current Operation, Joint Staff J6; Director, Concepts, Requirements, and Doctrine Division (CRDD), the Director, Capabilities Development Integration Division (CDID) of the Signal Center of Excellence, and the Fort Gordon Garrison Commander.

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Regimental Chief Warrant Officer

CW5 Todd M. Boudreau

CWS boudreau

Chief Warrant Officer Five (CW5) Todd M. Boudreau is the third Regimental Chief Warrant Officer of the Signal Regiment assuming the position at Fort Gordon, Georgia, on 28 January 2010.

He enlisted in the Army in 1983 and attended Strategic Microwave Maintainer-Repairer (26V) Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Gordon, GA. Before his appointment as a warrant officer, he completed the Primary Leadership Development Course, Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Camp Jackson, South Korea, and the Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Fort Gordon, GA. He received his warrant officer appointment in 1990.

His enlisted assignments include the 36th Signal Battalion, Korea and the Alternate National Military Command Center (Site-R), Maryland. His past warrant officer assignments include Maintenance Officer for the 6th Theater Signal Command, Saudi Arabia; Station Manager for the Ft Detrick Satellite Complex, Maryland; Training, Advising, and Counseling (TAC) Officer at Ft Rucker, Alabama; Officer In Charge of the Standardized Tactical Entry Point (STEP) and Communications Complex at Fort Buckner, Okinawa, Japan; Communications Officer for the Supreme Allied Commander (SACEUR), Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), Belgium; Satellite Systems Engineering Officer, Defense Information Systems Agency Europe, Stuttgart, Germany; and most recently as the Signal Warrant Officer Proponent Manager, Office Chief of Signal, US Army Signal Center and Fort Gordon, Georgia.

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The Signal

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- A Facebook Town Hall is scheduled Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. Share any questions, comments and concerns directly with Fort Gordon subject matter experts. Help make this installation the...
- The Hispanic Heritage Month command program will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Alexander Hall. Hispanic Heritage Month runs from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 and this year’s theme is “Hispanics: A...
- Active duty military, veterans, retirees and military spouses are invited to Imagine, Job & Resource Fair, Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Citizens Park Office and Conference Center,...