|Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter in April 2015 standing in front of the Facebook wall during his visit to the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Clydell Kinchen/ Army)|
The crew and passengers of RG-407 gave their lives during the Vietnam War when their C-2A Greyhound crashed into the South China Sea on 12 December, 1971. The passengers were a Direct Support team of Navy Cryptologists on their way to the USS Enterprise. The plane crashed a mere 74 minutes from the designated war zone. To this day, despite repeated petitions, none of the 10 service members are enshrined on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Continue reading “74 Minutes from Eternity”
“I have no illusions about what little I can add now to the silent testimony of those who gave their lives willingly for their country. Words are even more feeble on this Memorial Day, for the sight before us is that of a strong and good nation that stands in silence and remembers those who were loved and who, in return, loved their countrymen enough to die for them. Yet, we must try to honor them—not for their sakes alone, but for our own. And if words cannot repay the debt we owe these men, surely with our actions we must strive to keep faith with them and with the vision that led them to battle and to final sacrifice.” — Ronald Reagan, Memorial Day, 1982
In the spring of 1942, Admiral Ernest J. King, Commander in Chief (COMINCH), U.S. Fleet was waging a war on two fronts. The U.S. and Allies had adopted a strategy of “Europe first.” Though King had many concerns about Japan’s exploits in the Pacific, all of which he shared regularly with Nimitz, he was somewhat preoccupied with the German submarine threat in the Atlantic. German U-boats were wreaking havoc on U.S. and British merchant vessels carrying crucial war supplies to Allied forces in Europe. Nevertheless, he could not allow Japanese advances in the southwest Pacific to go un-checked. He was particularly concerned with the defense of Australia. The IJN’s recent attacks and occupation of Rabaul, were followed by an air campaign focused on softening the defenses at Port Moresby on the southwest coast of New Guinea — the subsequent occupation of which would be certain to threaten the security of Australia.
This is the third of a three part guest post series. In this post, we take a look at a proposed personnel model for O1-O4 Cryptologic Warfare Officers.