Gen. Nabors to retire after

35 years with Ft. Monmouth

Maj. Gen. Robert L. Nabors, commander of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM) and Fort Monmouth, will relinquish command during a change of command and retirement ceremony on July 20 at 9:30 a.m.

The ceremony will take place at Cowan Park, Fort Monmouth. (In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be in the Physical Fitness Center, corner of Saltzman and Nicodemus avenues.)

Nabors’ military career spanned 35 years during which he helped spearhead the development of advanced command, control, communications and electronic warfare technologies essential for transforming the Army into a lighter, more capable force.

Maj. Gen. William H. Russ, currently commander of Army Signal Command, will become the new CECOM and Fort Monmouth commander. He was previously director for Programs and Architecture in the office of the Department of the Army Director of Information Systems for Command, Control, Communications and Computers (DISC4), Washington, D.C.

Before his assignment, Nabors served as commander of the U.S. Army 5th Signal Command, Republic of Germany. His previous assignments included service as the director, Single Agency Manager for Pentagon Information Technology Services; executive officer for the Department of the Army DISC4; deputy commander, White House Communications Agency; and chief, Integration Division of the DISC4 Architecture Directorate.

Born in Boston, Nabors grew up in Lackawanna, N.Y. He holds a bachelor of science degree in systems engineering from the University of Arizona, Tucson, and a master’s of science degree in systems management from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He is also a member of the American Mensa Society.

His initial duty assignment in the Army was with the 67th Signal Battalion at Fort Riley, Kan. After a tour in Vietnam, he served at Fort Dix; Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.; and Worms, Germany.

His military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, and the Presidential Support Badge. His honorary awards include the NAACP Roy Wilkins Award of Renown 2000, "Who’s Who in America 2000," and the Association of United States Army Man of the Year 2000.

Nabors and his wife, Valerie, have three adult children, Robert, Richard and Jonathan.