News: New York Army National Guard Signal Unit welcomes new commander
YONKERS, N.Y. - New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. Diane Armbruster assumes command of the Army National Guard's 101st Expeditionary Signal Battalion in a change of command ceremony Saturday afternoon at the Police Athletic League building in Yonkers.
Armbruster, a veteran of both Iraq and Kuwait deployments, replaces Col. Greg Dreisbach as commander of the Army National Guard digital communications unit.
Dreisbach leaves the New York National Guard to remain on active duty as the Intelligence, Operations and Training Officer for the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.
Who: New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. Diane Armbruster takes command of the 101st Expeditionary Signal Battalion from Col. Greg Dreisbach in front of hundreds of battalion soldiers.
What: Change of command ceremony for the "Lightning Warriors," the New York Army National Guard's 101st Expeditionary Signal Battalion.
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m.
Where: Police Athletic League, 127 North Broadway, Yonkers, New York 10701. The site is directly across from the NewYork State Armory in Yonkers.
Visual imagery includes the passing of the unit colors of the 101 Signal from the outgoing commander to the incoming commander. Interviews with leaders and soldiers from the unit.
News media wishing to attend the event should contact Maj. Everett Roberts, 914-964-2628, by Saturday at 1 p.m. for access to the ceremony.
In the change-of-command ceremony, the battalion's flag, or colors, are ceremonially transferred from the outgoing to the incoming commander, signifying to the unit's members that the leadership of the unit is in new hands.
The 101st Expeditionary Signal Battalion is headquartered in the Yonkers along with Company C. The battalion's Company A is based in Peekskill, while Company B is in Orangeburg.
Lt. Col. Diane Armbruster:
Lt. Col. Diane Armbruster began her military career with the 42nd Infantry Division in 1993 as an enlisted Soldier, serving as a Cable Systems Installer with Company C, 250th Signal Battalion, part of the New Jersey Army National Guard. She graduated from the New Jersey Army National Guard Officer Candidate School Program in 1995.
Armbruster remained in positions of significant responsibility within the 42nd Infantry Division communications specialties until her assumption of command of the 101st Expeditionary Signal Battalion.
Her key assignments include: Commander, Company B, 250th Signal Battalion: operations officer, personnel officer, 42nd Infantry Division Headquarters; company commander, Division Signal Company, 42nd Infantry Division; communications officer, 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and communications officer for the 42nd Infantry Division.
Armbruster deployed with the 42nd ID to Tikrit, Iraq in 2005 as part of Task Force Liberty supporting approximately 23,000 Soldiers. She also deployed to Camp Buehring, Kuwait in 2012 as part of the 27th Military Engagement Team.
Her awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and several other federal and state military awards.
Armbruster is a graduate of Rutgers University with dual degrees in Journalism and Administration of Justice. She lives in Bergen County, New Jersey and works full-time as a law enforcement officer with the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office.
101st Expeditionary Signal Battalion
The 101st Expeditionary Signal Battalion provides and manages satellite communications and information systems support to combat forces across a military theater. Their support includes network operations and management of the electromagnetic spectrum. Signal support encompasses designing, installing, maintaining, and managing information networks; to include communications links, computers, and other components of local and wide area networks.
Soldiers belonging to the battalion plan, install, operate, and maintain voice and data communications networks that employ single and multi-channel satellite, tropospheric scatter, terrestrial microwave, switching, messaging, video-teleconferencing, visual information, and other related systems. They also integrate tactical, strategic and sustaining base communications, information processing and management systems into a seamless global information network that supports knowledge dominance for Army, joint and coalition operations.
The soldiers left New York in August 2012 to train for their overseas deployment. The 101st Signal Battalion deployed to Afghanistan in September 2012 and provided communications support to American and coalition forces, returning home to New York in June 2013.