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CECOM Portrait Collection

Portraits and the CECOM History Office Archive

With the closure of Fort Monmouth, the CECOM History Office received a number of additions to its collections. One such example is print, negative, and digital copies of official portraits of both Soldiers and Army Civilians. The portraits came from various sources, with the largest share coming from the audio visual services studio that was located at Fort Monmouth.

General G.O. Squier - not only was he both Chief Aviation Officer and Chief Signal Officer during WWI, he had a PhD in Engineering from Johns Hopkins

General G.O. Squier – not only was he both Chief Aviation Officer and Chief Signal Officer during WWI, he had a PhD in Engineering from Johns Hopkins

The consequence of the addition of these materials to our existing collection was a multi-fold increase in the number of portraits maintained in the collection. CECOM’s collection has grown from hundreds of portraits originally in the collection, to literally thousands of portraits, with the largest number being negatives. The additions from the audio visual services, based upon the ongoing effort to log them in, cover the period from the very late 1980s to around 2009. The photographers categorized these portraits ad “H&S Shots” or “Head and Shoulder Shots.”

MG Babers, former commander

MG Babers, former commander

From another source, the archive added portraits of former CECOM military officers (e.g., Commanding Generals, Chiefs’ of Staff, Command Sergeant Majors) to the collection. This part of the collection now covers the period from the Standing Up of CECOM to today.

The Great Greely, the longest serving Signal Corps Chief

The Great Greely, the longest serving Signal Corps Chief

The reasons and sources of the portraits vary from shots for passports, portraits for events, as well as any number of portraits associated with promotions of Military personnel. The “promotion portraits” are not limited to the Army, as we have found some portraits of Marines and Sailors too. As well, the “promotion portraits” are not limited to Fort Monmouth.

Former CECOM Commander, MG Nabors

Former CECOM Commander, MG Nabors

Why is this important? Often, the History office receives requests from former employees or family members about people that had been employed at Fort Monmouth, including requests for portraits. The addition of these materials to the archive has given us a greater resource from which to extract information about those individuals. The promotion photographs offer an additional resource that we can now offer as a source of photographs of former military personnel. While we have not yet logged in the entire collection, we do have the ability to find (and have found) copies of portraits.

Greely: same 1800s beard, now with technicolor

Greely: same 1800s beard, now with technicolor

If you are interested in seeing if we have a copy of a portrait, requests can be made through our contact form above.

Note: This entry composed by Floyd, and edited/posted by Chrissie.

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