FORT MONROE, Va. (Oct. 28, 2009) - Gen. Martin Dempsey, commander of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), today announced the launch of an interactive, online project to capture Fort Monroe's heritage through the eyes of its current and former tenants as the post prepares to close in 2011, mandated under the Defense Base Realignment and Closure Commission.

The Fort Monroe Online Heritage Project was established to collect personal photographs and illustrations of Fort Monroe taken by post personnel, families and visitors over the many years of the post's rich history.

"Fort Monroe has played an important role in the history of the U.S. Army, particularly TRADOC, but also in the lives of those who have worked and lived on the post," said Dempsey. "I want to start a dialogue of visual memories and personal anecdotes that captures the heritage of Fort Monroe that you will not find in a history book."

While Fort Monroe was built between 1819 and 1834, its roots can be traced back to 1609, when Fort Algernourne was built by Capt. John Smith on a small plot of land called Point Comfort at the mouth of the James River and the Chesapeake Bay in Va. Fort Monroe had a critical coastal defense role during the Civil War and World Wars I and II. Fort Monroe has been the home of the TRADOC headquarters since its establishment in 1973. The TRADOC headquarters will move to Fort Eustis, Va., in 2011.

Anyone with photographs (or illustrations) of Fort Monroe is welcome and encouraged to participate by posting photographs, (illustration) or commentary. Whether it be photos and memories of storms this post has weathered, visits of distinguished visitors, weddings at the post chapel, changes of command, construction at the historic Chamberlin building, or just a softball game, all appropriate personal photos and commentary of Fort Monroe activities can be contributed to a community page on TRADOC's Flickr photo-sharing Web site. For specific sharing guidelines, please visit <a href="http://www.flickr.com/groups/1208921@N20/" target="_blank">the 'Fort Monroe Online Heritage Project' group page here.</a>

By submitting images to the Fort Monroe Online Heritage Project, you are allowing Fort Monroe and the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command to use your photo without compensation. If you are unable to upload photos to the Web, please send your prints to:

TRADOC Public Affairs
The Fort Monroe Online Heritage Project
66 Ingalls Road, BLDG 27
Fort Monroe, Va. 23651

Unfortunately, we will not be able to return prints to the sender at this time.

Page last updated Wed October 28th, 2009 at 15:02