The 1600 Communications Association was originally formed in 1968 and was composed of former members of the White House Army Signal Agency. The Association was later expanded to include all personnel who served in either the White House Army Signal Agency or its successor, the White House Communications Agency. The first Officers of the Association were elected in 1969 and the first By-laws of the Association were adopted in 1971 and amended in December of 1984. The Articles of Incorporation were approved in 1973.
The original purpose of the Association was to establish and perpetuate a fraternal, benevolent, and social organization dedicated to the interest and development of its members who, through the years, provided communications support to the President of the United States. Additionally, the Association provided job placement assistance, a scholarship program, and fostered fraternal relations between corporations and the Government. In 2021 the 1600 Communications Foundation was established as a Non-profit, 501c3 entity to work in concert with the Association to administer scholarship and charitable programs.
Our membership represents the finest members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard who been chosen to serve in one of the most demanding environments. Our members have supported 15 Presidents from Franklin Roosevelt to Joseph Biden. We have been there at some of history’s most significant events over the last 80 years to ensure the President as the Commander in Chief is in constant contact and able to communicate with the American people and the rest of the world. From major peace talks to sites of natural disasters, from boat and rail trips to major sporting events the creative – can do spirit of our members have overcome the greatest of obstacles to ensure the leader of the free world has never been out of touch. The Association provides a forum for these events to live on through the “war stories” that are sure to be relived whenever and wherever our Association members gather.
Through the years, the membership base has grown considerably. We have members living in more than 40 states, and the District of Columbia. The Association's programs, events and activities are managed solely through volunteer support, and we are always seeking new talent, fresh ideas and member participation.
This site is primarily intended for our members' use, but we welcome visitors and are always proud to have the opportunity to increase awareness of the Association, its history and ongoing mission.