Entries are being sought for the Fort Monroe Online Heritage Project Photo Contest. Everyone, to include the general public and military families stationed around the world, is encouraged to participate. The contest will continue through the end of January and winning photos will be published in the Fort Monroe newspaper, the "Casemate."

All photos entered must depict a Fort Monroe-related activity. Examples include intramural sports events, VIP visits, military training, weddings at the post chapel, images of storms the post has weathered, office holiday parties, stays at the Chamberlin or other family vacations here, changes of command, TRADOC Band concerts, participation in FMWR activities, and more.

There is no limit to the number of entries submitted. Each entry should include a short written description of the event and the names of individuals pictured if known. High-quality images (200 dpi or greater) are preferred.
Photos can be easily uploaded to the community page on TRADOC's Flickr photo-sharing Web site - visit www.tradoc.army.mil and click on the link at the bottom of the homepage. Please be mindful of the group rules that are posted.

If you don't have a Flickr account, it only takes a few minutes to register and begin uploading photos. "Yahoo!" users can use their current account information to register for the Flickr site.

If you are unable to upload photos to the Web, please send your prints to:
TRADOC Public Affairs
ATTN: Fort Monroe On-line Heritage Project
66 Ingalls Road, Bldg. 27
Fort Monroe VA 23651

Shutterbugs are encouraged to submit their photos even after the contest closes. The ultimate goal of the online heritage project is to preserve the memories of Fort Monroe as an active Army installation.

Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, TRADOC Commanding General, launched the interactive project in October. In a recent article, he said his intent is 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."

Although 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. Fort Monroe had a critical coastal defense role during the Civil War and World Wars I and II.

The installation has been the home of the TRADOC headquarters since the command's establishment in 1973. As part of the Base Realignment and Closure plan, the headquarters will move to Fort Eustis in 2011.

All photos submitted to the Fort Monroe On-line Heritage Project will become the property of Headquarters TRADOC. There will be no compensation for reproduction or printing of the images; however, the work will be credited to the original photographer when feasible.

For more information about the heritage project, contact Sameria Amerson-Zavala at (757) 788-2108.