The man who brought Cryptologic training to Corry Field (Station), Pensacola, FL!
Kenneth Earl “Mike” Carmichael enlisted in the United States Navy in December 1932. Following basic training, he attended radio school and was designated a Radioman.
During an impressive rise in the enlisted ranks from Seaman to Chief radioman in 1942, he served aboard the USS PENSACOLA; attended Naval security Group training in Washington, D.C. as a member of the “on The roof Gang” class seventeen; served with the 16th Naval District in Cavite, Philippines; the 4th U.S. Marines in Shanghai, China; and the 14th Naval district, Honolulu, Hawaii. He was commissioned an Ensign in January 1944.
His assignments as an Intelligence/Cryptologic Officer included two tours at the Communication Training Center, Bainbridge Island, Washington (Mar 43-Mar 44/Mar 46-Aug 49); Guam; the 14th Naval district, Honolulu Hawaii; Officer-in-Charge of the Communications Technicians “A” School, first in San Diego and then at Imperial Beach, California; Naval Communications Facility, Port Lyautey, Morocco; National Security Agency (NSA), Washington, D.C.; NSA Europe; and Executive Officer at the Communication Training Center, Imperial Beach, California. During his tour at Imperial Beach from 1957 to 1960, LCDR Carmichael, along with Naval Security Group members and Bureau of Naval Personnel representatives, made the first visit to Naval Air Station, Corry Field, Florida for survey as a possible Naval security Group School site. He subsequently drafted the initial plans for the establishment of what is now Information Warfare Training Command, Corry Station, Pensacola. He retired in March, 1960 with over 28 years of faithful and dedicated naval service.
is decoration included the World War II victory Medal; American Defense Service Medal (Fleet Clasp); Naval Defense Service Medal; China Service; American Theatre; Asiatic-Pacific (four states); good Conduct Medal (2 awards); and Navy Unit commendation.
LCDR Kenneth Earl “Mike” Carmichael, USN, (Ret) was a member of the small pioneering cadre of cryptologists who contributed to our early victors in the Pacific during World War II. He was equally noted for his long term impact and pervasive influence on the development of naval cryptologic training. His initiative and significant contributions greatly enhanced training and increased operation readiness for thousands of cryptologists.
On January 13, 1993, building 3744 on Corry Station was dedicated “Carmichael Hall” to honor LCDR Kenneth Earl “Mike” Carmichael. Carmichael Hall is used to train Navy Cryptologic Technicians as well as other military services in basic and advanced communication signals and computer theory.
Source: Building 3744 Dedication Program Guide, January 13, 1993.