Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano posed in Confederate uniform for a faculty photo at the Army War College (AWC) in 2014, three years before retiring from the Army.
According to Reuters, members of the department of Military Strategy, Plans, and Operations, where Mastriano worked at the time, were given the option to dress up as a historical figure of their choice. Majority of the faculty chose to wear regular clothes, but one man wore a trench coat and sunglasses and another carried an aviator’s helmet, according to the outlet.
Mastriano was the only one wearing a Confederate uniform.
Confederate flags and segregationists symbols were banned from military bases in 2020 following the killing of George Floyd.
The photo was removed after Reuters made a formal request for it. Officials at the war college said their team reviewing images displayed at Carlisle Barracks must have missed it.
“The faculty photo did not get the team’s attention; the photo has since been removed because it does not meet AWC values,” the college said in a statement.
Mastriano was endorsed by Donald Trump for governor of Pennsylvania. He easily won the Republican primary but is currently trailing Democratic candidature Josh Shapiro in the general election polls.