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South Carolina National Guard Head and Shoulder Photographs

1. The South Carolina National Guard Public Affairs office has the capability of photographing head and shoulder photos for South Carolina National Guard Soldiers and Airmen to be used in official capacities such as chain of command displays (not to be used as a replacement for DA photo)
 
2. The location of the studio is on the second floor of the South Carolina Military Museum at 1 National Guard Road in Columbia, South Carolina. It is not possible for the photographers to conduct the head and shoulder photos to standard at a unit location due to specific lighting and placement requirements. The Soldier/Airman will be required to come to the studio in order to have their head and shoulder photo taken
 
3. To request an appointment for a command photo, it must be submitted through VIOS, at least 48 hours in advance for internal planning purposes:
 

a. Go to VIOS: https://www.vios.army.mil/viosmain.html
 
b. Select “U.S. East”
 
c. Ensure you are assigned to South Carolina ARNG (if assigned to Fort Jackson, see note 1)
 
d. Click “work request”
 
e. Fill in customer contact information. Contact information should include an alternate email if customer does not routinely access DoD email in case a scheduling conflict arises and customer needs to be contacted to reschedule
 
f. For justification, put “Command Photo”
 
g. Select: “Photography”
 
h. Type of photography: “Head and Shoulders Portrait”
 
i. Type of portrait: identify which uniform you intend to have the photo taken in – ASU, OCP, or OCP & ASU
 
j. Portrait size: “Digital Link”
 
k. Studio: “Museum Studio – Command Photo”
 
l. Appointment date: Tuesday-Thursday, 1300-1440 (No Mondays or Fridays); Joint Force Headquarters drill weekends, 1300-1440
 
m. Quantity: 1
 
n. Select “next” and type “Head and Shoulders photo” in the comment box
 
o. Add additional information, as needed
 
p. No cost estimate, select yes or no for a reminder, select “next”
 
q. Review information and “Submit”

 
4. When you arrive for your photo, have the uniform ready. The Public Affairs office does not verify that uniform patches, insignia, or accoutrements are correct. That is a responsibility of the Soldier/Airman
 
5. The photo will be taken with the American flag draped in the background, no South Carolina flag or unit flag/colors/guidon
 
6. The photo will be provided digitally for download via a link to the Flickr album. Photos will not be printed by the Public Affairs office.  You can access the command photos from 2020 here:

 
**Note 1** If you are not assigned to the South Carolina ARNG in VIOS and are assigned to another unit, you must go to your profile, click “Permanently transfer my VIOS account,” select the new installation (South Carolina ARNG), update, logout. Once you log back in, you should be assigned to the proper unit
 
**Note 2** If you do not receive confirmation of appointment, contact the studio at 803-299-4706
 
**Note 3** If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, you must contact either CPT Jessica Donnelly, 803-299-5304, Jessica.c.donnelly.mil@mail.mil , or CPT Cody Denson, 803-299-4241, cody.i.denson.mil@mail.mil
 
**Note 4** If a Soldier is a no-show/no-call for their appointment, their commander will be notified

Contact

Studio Operations
SPC David Erskine
Office: 803.299.4706
Email: david.l.erskine2.mil@mail.mil

To cancel or reschedule your appointment:
CPT Jessica Donnelly
Office: 803-299-5304
Email: Jessica.c.donnelly.mil@mail.mil

CPT Cody Denson
Office: 803-299-4241,
Email: cody.i.denson.mil@mail.mil