Friday, September 10, 2010 will be a momentous day at Fort Monmouth.
The U.S. Army Communications Electronics Command (CECOM) flag will be cased in a formal ceremony at 10:30am on Greely Field. A flag casing ceremony is a formal event where the colors of the unit are taken down and put into a protective covering (sometimes a glass case, sometimes rolled up, etc). The flag casing ceremony on Friday will feature highlights of Fort Monmouth, Signal Corps, and CECOM history, including a live homing pigeon demonstration.
According to the Fort Monmouth Public Affairs Office website, the ceremony “will mark the administrative transfer of the command from Fort Monmouth to Aberdeen Proving Ground.” There will be another ceremony to formally uncase the flag at Aberdeen Proving Ground on October 22, 2010.
Following the ceremony, there will be a buffet luncheon at Lane Hall. In the evening, a formal black tie “Farewell to Fort Monmouth” dinner dance is being held at Gibbs Hall.
The history office, and especially the Command Historian, has provided support for nearly every event throughout the day. From designing programs, to securing historic re-enactors and pigeon handlers, fact-checking speeches, and working on multiple movies, the historians have been working on this since before Fort Fest in July!
Many previous commanders will be in attendance, as will their wives. The spouses will have the opportunity to tour the base, the museum, and the CG’s quarters tomorrow while the senior leaders and retired commanding generals will attend a briefing. The history office worked with Visual Information to film a mini-documentary of the Commander’s Quarters, which will debut tomorrow. The Command Historian, Melissa Ziobro, will guide the on-base tour for the officers’ wives.
The ceremony is open to DoD civilians and authorized contractors, as well as uniformed military members. It is considered a private ceremony; the flag casing is not open to the public.