Celebrating Black accomplishments at CECOM

By Maya GreenJanuary 17, 2024

Man hands MG Nabors a red flag.
Maj. Gen. Robert L. Nabors, former commanding general of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command and Fort Monmouth. (Photo Credit: Courtesy The U.S. National Archives) VIEW ORIGINAL

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — Black History Month allows us to showcase the achievements and contributions Black Americans have accomplished since the birth of the nation. Black Soldiers have served and sacrificed in every conflict in our nation’s history; they are shining examples of generational service.

More than 90,000 Black Soldiers serve in the Army Active Component, with more than 39,000 in the Army Reserve, and more than 52,000 in the Army National Guard.

In celebration of this year’s Black History Month, CECOM wants to highlight the service and valor of Maj. Gen. Robert L. Nabors, former commanding general of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command and Fort Monmouth.

Nabors was born in Boston, Massachusetts, but grew up in Lackawanna, New York. His educational achievements include earning a bachelor’s in systems engineering from University of Arizona, Tucson, and a master’s degree in systems management from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He is also a graduate of the Senior Officials in National Security Program at Harvard University.

Nabors boasts a military career that spans over 35 years. His first duty assignment had him stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas, as a radio relay section leader with the 67th Signal Battalion. Nabors assumed command of CECOM and Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, on Sept. 1, 1998. He served as commanding general and was the first African American to hold the top position on Fort Monmouth until his retirement in July 2001.

Most notably, Nabors ensured CECOM’s achievement of 100 percent Y2K compliance for 414 weapons systems in over 200,000 information infrastructure systems. In the end, over 1.3 million items were inventoried and assessed during the Y2K project. More than 986,000 were corrected for potential problems.

Nabors led CECOM in helping the Army transition into the 21st century by supporting the Force XXI and The Army After Next concepts.

During his first year as CECOM’s commanding general, Nabors oversaw the incorporation of Tobyhanna Army Depot as the seventh major organizational component to come under CECOM control.

Nabors’ knowledge and leadership ensured that CECOM, and the Army, successfully transitioned into the 21st century and were positioned for the forthcoming modern digital battle.

Nabors was formally recognized for his career achievements in 2018 when he was inducted into the CECOM Hall of Fame. Major General (Retired) Robert L. Nabors - CECOM Hall of Fame Class of 2018 (youtube.com)

Without allowing African Americans the opportunity to fill these positions, there can’t be these firsts or a diversity of thought. The Army uplifts and celebrates differences, finding strength in its diverse force. Black Soldiers epitomize resiliency, strength, and a commitment to the nation. So, for this BHM, learn more about the history of African Americans in the Army and their contributions at https://blackhistorymonth.gov.