A native of Vestaburg, Pennsylvania Albert Ross enlisted in the Naval Reserve in 1955, and entered active service in 1957.

After attending Radarman, Sonar and Submarine Schools, he served five years in submarines; both Diesel and nuclear-powered. He converted to Cryptologic Technician (Technical) in 1963. He was promoted to Chief Petty Officer (CTTC) in 1966, Warrant Officer (W-1) in 1967 and to Limited Duty Officer (LDO) Ensign in 1970. The highlight of his career came in 1990 when he was selected as the Navy’s first LDO Captain for Cryptology.

Captain Ross has performed in many and varied functions, and held numerous positions during his career. While in submarines, he stood duties as Lookout, Sonar Operator, Bow and Stern Planesman, Helsman and Missile Tracking Petty Officer. He was a Signals Analyst, Intelligence Analyst, Fleet Support Coordinator and Program Analyst in the Naval Security Group. He has been a Project Manager, Head of Navy Electronic Warfare (EW) Assessment, Fleet Cryptologist, Director, Technical Development, and a Commanding Officer, wrapping up his career as Chief Information Warfare (IW) Support Center at National Security Agency (NSA).

He has held command of an overseas activity, sat on Navy promotion boards, chaired a Blue Ribbon Panel on personnel retention and led a National Intelligence Support Team’s initial deployment to Europe in support of military peacekeeping and humanitarian efforts in the Balkans. He has served on and chaired several government and industry panels and working groups on defense technology. He was the Department of Defense (DoD) spokesperson for electronic warfare, information warfare and Navy Cryptology during numerous conferences and symposium.

In a ceremony held at the NSA, on March 1, 1996 Captain Albert J. Ross, Jr., USN, retired after more than 38 years of active service. At the time of his retirement, he was the National Security Agency’s Chief, Information Warfare (IW) Support Center.

At his retirement, Captain Ross was presented awards by Vice Admiral J.M. McConnell, USN, out-going Director National Security Agency; Rear Admiral Thomas F. Stevens, USN, Commander, Naval Security Group Command; Brigadier General John D. Thomas Jr., USA; Brigadier General James A. Jaeger, USAF, and DCC(SW) James P. Ross, USN, his son. These awards included the Naval Security Group Meritorious Service Award, Letter of Appreciation from the Commander-in-Chief, President Clinton, and the Director, Military Intelligence Certificate of Distinction. The awards presentation was highlighted by Vice Admiral McConnell presenting Captain Ross with the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, an award usually associated with departing Flag Officers.

Captain Ross was a qualified submariner. His decorations included Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Meritorious Service Medal (five awards), Joint Services Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Navy Good Conduct Medal (three awards) and numerous unit and campaign ribbons.