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Historical Office at Armed Forces Day

The Historical Office is participating in Aberdeen Proving Ground’s Armed Forces Day today, 14 May. Our graphic display attempts to relay how communications in the Army have advanced over the past 150 year life of the U.S. Army Signal Corps.

Albert James Myer, an Army doctor, first conceived the idea of a separate, trained professional military signal service. He proposed that the Army use his visual communications system called “wigwag” while serving as a medical officer in Texas in 1856. When the Army adopted his system June 21, 1860, the Signal Corps was born with Myer as the first and only Signal officer.

Over the past 150 years, communications have become faster, more reliable, more deployable, and more secure. Today communications systems and facilities are still evolving. System such as the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) provide the communications network (satellite and terrestrial) and services that allow Warfighters to send and receive information in order to execute their missions.

See more about the Signal Corps anniversary on our website at and on the Signal Corps’ official anniversary page at

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