BG Robert L. Edmonson
Signal School Commandant / Chief of Signal

SignalSchoolCommandantBG Robert L. Edmonson is the 38th Chief of Signal and Commandant of the U.S. Army Signal School in the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence at Fort Gordon, Georgia.

BG Robert L. Edmonson, II was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant from Frostburg State University in Maryland, holds a Masters Degree in Information Resource Management from Central Michigan University and a Masters Degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College, Washington DC.

BG Edmonson began his Army career in 1991 as an Infantry Officer where he served as a Rifle Platoon Leader in the 101st Airborne Division (AASLT), Fort Campbell, Kentucky. In 1993, he wasbranch-transferred to the Signal Corps and reassigned to the 101st where he served as a Signal Platoon Leader and Assistant S-3 in the 501st Signal Battalion. After completing the Signal Officer’s Advanced Course, BG Edmonson was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he served as an Infantry Brigade Signal Officer, Division Radio Officer, and Commander Alpha Company, 82nd Signal Battalion. In 2000, BG Edmonson was selected to serve as a member of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff - Internship Program, Joint Staff, J-6 and the Army Staff, CIO/G-6. After completing the Command and General Staff College, BG Edmonson was reassigned to the 82nd Airborne Division where he served again as an Infantry Brigade Signal Officer and deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. From 2004 to 2006, BG Edmonson served as the Deputy G-6, 82nd Airborne Division and Battalion Executive Officer, 82nd Signal Battalion. While serving as an Action Officer, Joint Staff J-6, he was selected to command the 63rd Expeditionary Signal Battalion. Following Battalion Command, he deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan where he served as a Senior Military Advisor within the Ministry of the Interior. Following the War College, BG Edmonson served as the CIO/G-6 and Director, Army Signal Activity, US Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM). From 2013 to 2015, BG Edmonson commanded the 35th Signal Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps. Most recently he served as Executive Officer to the Army CIO/G-6.

BG Edmonson’s military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, GWOT Expeditionary and Service Medals, Humanitarian Service Medal, NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Ranger Tab, Pathfinder Badge, Air Assault Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Joint Staff Identification Badge, Army Staff Identification Badge, and Polish Jump Wings.






Regimental Chief Warrant Officer

Chief Warrant Officer Deshawn L. Bell

Regimental Chief Warrant Officer DeShawn BellCW5 Deshawn L. Bell assumed duties as the Signal Regiment’s fifth Regimental Chief Warrant Officer (RCWO) at Fort Gordon, GA on 16 September 2016. CW5 Bell previously served as the Command Chief Warrant Officer for 311th Signal Command (Theater), Fort Shafter, HI, August 2015 – August 2016. He was the Senior Network Operations Technician and was the primary technical advisor on all network and systems matters, especially as it related to strategic-to-tactical systems integration within US Army Pacific (USARPAC) Theater.

CW5 Bell proudly hails from Colorado Springs, CO. He is a 1987 graduate of Roy J. Wasson High School in Colorado Springs, CO. He entered the US Army in July 1988 as a Computer Programmer/Systems Analyst (MOS 74F). From 1989 – 1996, he served at Ft. Huachuca, AZ; Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; and Alexandria, VA. He was selected to attend the Warrant Officer Candidate School in 1996, and was appointed a Warrant Officer One (WO1) in the Signal Corps.

After completing the Warrant Officer Basic Course at Ft. Gordon, he was stationed at Ft. Bragg in 1997 and served as the Automation Section OIC of the Corps Logistics Automation Office (CLAO) supporting the 1st Corps Support Command (Airborne). In 2000, he was assigned to Fort Wainwright, AK where he served as the OIC of the Combat Service Support Automation Management Office (CSSAMO), supporting 172nd Infantry Brigade (Separate) and US Army Alaska (USARAK). In 2004, after attending the Warrant Officer Advanced Course, he was assigned to Ft. Lewis, WA where he assumed duties as the I Corps G6 Data Network Planner, supporting I Corps’ numerous operational missions throughout the Pacific. He attended the Warrant Officer Staff Course during this assignment. In 2007 he deployed to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait supporting the 335th Signal Command (Theater) and the US Army Central (ARCENT) Forward. He was further deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan and Camp Victory, Iraq as a Network Architecture Technician and later the Chief, Communcations Engineering Branch supporting the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, and the Joint Network Communications Center - Iraq. After returning from deployment in 2008, CW5 Bell was assigned to US Army Pacific (USARPAC) and served as the USARPAC G6 Data Network Services Integrator and later the Senior IT Project Manager, Ft. Shafter, HI, supporting 311th Signal Command (Theater), USARPAC, and PACOM’s numerous operational missions throughout the Pacific. He attended the Warrant Officer Senior Staff Course during this assignment.

CW5 Bell’s prior assignment, October 2011 – July 2015, was serving as the Technical Director, Leader College of Network Operations (DoDIN), US Army Signal School, Cyber Center of Excellence, Ft. Gordon, GA. He was the senior technical advisor for all technical training provided to all Signal Officers, Warrant Officers, and NCO’s on behalf of the Signal School and Cyber Center of Excellence.

His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (5 OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (1 OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (4 OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (2 awards), National Defense Service Medal (2 awards), Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NATO Medal, Parachutist Badge, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, and the Bronze Order of Mercury.

CW5 Bell holds an Associate of Science Degree in Data Processing Technology from Hawaii Pacific University, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer and Information Sciences from University of Maryland University College, a Master of Science Degree in Information Technology Management from Touro University International, and a graduate of all required Professional Military Education. Additionally, CW5 Bell is a Project Management Professional (PMP), and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

He and his spouse have a blended family of seven daughters.