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Celebrating the Past, Present and Future of Navy Cryptology


March 2016

Unrelenting Determination: The Life and Career of Captain Joseph John Rochefort

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL posthumously to CAPTAIN Joseph J. Rochefort, United States Navy, for services set forth in the following citation:  For exceptionally meritorious service…while serving…as Officer in Charge of the Combat Intelligence Unit (Station HYPO) from March 1942 through June 1942.  Continue reading “Unrelenting Determination: The Life and Career of Captain Joseph John Rochefort”

A Brief History of The Naval Security Group Reserve

During this week of celebrating our heritage, we would be remiss to not provide a brief history of the The Naval Security Group Reserve (NSGR), which operated from 1945-2005.

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Captain Laurence F. Safford – Father of U.S. Navy Cryptology!

Captain Laurence F. Safford
American Naval officer and cryptanalyst
October 22, 1893 – May 18, 1973
Laurance Frye Safford was born in Somerville, Massachusetts, on October 22, 1893. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1916. After World War One duty in destroyers, and later as commanding officer of several submarines, he was assigned to the Research desk at OP-20-G.  Safford was head of the forerunner of the Naval Security Group from April, 1936 to 1 February, 1942. By common consent, Safford is regarded as the founding father of our organization. He was one of the first U.S. naval officers to specialize in the field of cryptology when he headed the newly-established Cryptographic Research Desk in the OPNAV Code and Signal Section from 1924-1925.  Continue reading “Captain Laurence F. Safford – Father of U.S. Navy Cryptology!”

Celebrating Our Heritage – March 7-11, 2016

This week, we’ll be celebrating our proud history as we approach March 11th, the recognized anniversary of Naval Cryptology.  This week’s posts will reflect on our heritage, culminating in a very special guest post on March 11, 2016.
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U.S. Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association 2016 Reunion

The U.S. Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association will hold its Annual Reunion in Norfolk, VA,  from May 4th through May 7th, 2016.
During the conference, VADM Tighe will provide a current state of the community briefing that comprises the active duty component of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and TENTH Fleet.  VADM Tighe will also present awards to the respective winners of the CAPT Joseph Rochefort Information Warfare Officer Distinguished Leadership Award, the On-The-Roof-Gang (OTRG) Award to both the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps, and the NCVA Award for Cryptologic Support Excellence.
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USNCVA Reunion – 2016

March 5, 1942 Station HYPO started reading Japanese JN-25

JN-25B worksheet from Station HYPO, 1 July, 1941

Commander Joseph Rochefort had been placed in command of Station Hypo, the Navy’s codebreaking organization at Pearl Harbor. In 1942 Rochefort and his staff began to slowly make progress against JN-25, the Japanese Navy’s operational code. If it could be broken, Rochefort would be able to provide Nimitz the information he needed to make wise and prudent decisions concerning the dispersal of his precious naval assets.

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Suffolk Area Information Warfare Officer Town Hall Outbrief

The following note was written by the IW OCM and JO Detailer and provided to community leadership.  It  has been slightly modified for sharing in this venue.
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NAVIFOR 2015 Sailors of the Year

Congratulations and very “Well Done” to CTT1(NAC/IDW/AW) Courtney P. Evers and CTT1(IDW/SG) Kevin A. Owens on their selection as Naval Information Forces (NAVIFOR) 2015 Sea and Shore Sailors of the Year!

CTT1 Evers currently serves at Navy Information Operations Detachment Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii and CTT1 Owens serves at ONI’s Farragut Technical Analysis Center.

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Remembering CY Durwood "Tex" Rorie, USN

Chief Durwood G. “Tex” Rorie USN

March 2, 1909 – December 24, 1987

Chief “Tex” Rorie is from Wichita Falls, Texas.  He joined the Navy in 1928 and served aboard many flag ships as a communicator.  He was assigned to the Philippines and Hawaii before WWII and was assigned to Fleet Radio Unit Pacific (FRUPAC) before and during the war.

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