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Sergeant First Class Elzie Ray Golden was a soldier-artist at the U.S. Army Center of Military History (CMH), Museum Division from 2002-2005. Prior to his coming to CMH, his last duty assignment was at the Defense Information School (DINFOS), Basic Graphics Course (BGR), Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, where he served for fifty months, training future joint service multimedia illustrators.

At DINFOS, SFC Golden supervised nineteen joint service instructors and performed the duties of BGR branch supervisor and course coordinator concurrently for two years, and the duties of course coordinator and team leader, functional area one, illustration and design, concurrently for one year. He also ensured that academic and administrative problems were resolved for more than 400 joint service students and established an academic top ten to recognize superior students. During his last year at DINFOS, he was tasked to rewrite, reference, and validate content for the illustration and design block of instruction, totaling one third of the entire course.

SFC Golden produced fourteen works of art as a member of the Soldier-Artist Team 25 in 1990 that documented ROTC training at Fort Lewis, Washington. He designed the May 1992 cover of Soldiers magazine featuring women in the Army during World War II, the 1991-1994 Army Aviation Association Commander's Conference posters, and the Armed Forces Day posters for 2001 and 2002. His works of art are featured in the Center of Military History books, Portrait of an Army and Soldiers Serving the Nation. The Army Historical Foundation also featured his work in the book The Army, published in 2001. SFC Golden has been the subject of articles and interviews for ArtForum and Der Spiegel magazines, German public television and public radio, and the Hartford Courant newspaper.

He won first place in 2000 in the fine art category of the first Military Graphic Artist of the Year (MILGRAPH) competition, and again in 2002.

SFC. Golden studied fine art at the School of Visual Arts in New York and the University of Arizona. He entered active military duty in October 1984. His assignments include the 13th Support Command, Fort Hood Texas; 2d Infantry Division, Camp Casey, South Korea; Training Support Activity, Eighth Army, East Korea, Yongsan, South Korea; and the 10th Aviation Brigade, Fort Rucker, Alabama.

The following pieces of artwork are representative of his work.


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Painting, The After Action Review

THE AFTER ACTION REVIEW
SFC Elzie Golden, Oil on canvas
1994


Painting, The Audie Murphy '94

THE AUDIE MURPHY '94
SFC Elzie Golden, Oil on canvas
1994




Painting, Tracking Bin Laden

TRACKING BIN LADEN
SFC Elzie Golden, Oil on canvas
2002
First Place DINFOS MILGRAPH 2002, Military Graphic Competition,
Fine Art category



Painting, Sergeant Major's Recondo Confidence Course

SERGEANT MAJOR'S RECONDO CONFIDENCE COURSE
SFC Elzie Golden, Ink wash on paper
1990


Painting, 8th Regiment Graduation - Cadets, Cadre, and Other Officers
8th REGIMENT GRADUATION - CADETS, CADRE, AND OTHER OFFICERS
SFC Elzie, Ink wash on paper
1990

Painting, STRAC Instructor
STRAC INSTRUCTOR
SFC Elzie Golden, Ink wash on paper
1990

Painting, M60 Range Instructor
M60 RANGE INSTRUCTOR
SFC Elzie Golden, Colored pencil on paper
1990

Painting, RECONDO RECONDO
SFC Elzie Golden,
Colored pencil on paper
1990


M60 GUNNER
SFC Elzie Golden,
Oil on canvas
1990
Painting, M60 Gunner


Painting,  M60 Squad Tactics
M60 SQUAD TACTICS
SFC Elzie Golden, Oil on canvas
1990

Painting, Satan's Sandbox
SATAN'S SANDBOX
SFC Elzie Golden, Oil, Iraq
2003


Painting, Street Fight
STREET FIGHT
SFC Elzie Golden, Oil, Iraq
2003


Painting, The Hizara Province
THE HIZARA PROVINCE
SFC Elzie Golden, Oil, Afghanistan
2003


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