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February 2022

NSGA Midway Island Closed February, 1971

NSGA Midway Island was commissioned on July 1, 1954 and was decommissioned and closed in February, 1971.  Midway Island was a member of the Eastern Pacific (EASTPAC) HFDF net, from 1952 through 1971. The last Commanding Officer of NSGA Midway Island was LCDR Fred W. Evans. 

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Congratulations to the FY 2021 Copernicus Award Winners

Among the recipients include Cryptologic Warfare Officers LCDR Stephen Cortez, LCDR Tebin Glebus, LT Daniel Miller, LT Christopher Seedyk, and Cryptologic Technician Interpreter (CTI1) Benjamin Miller.

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WWII Poetry: The British are Coming

WWII era poetry:  Note the author reference to Japs.  Additionally note the initials in the upper left under the OP20 are those of RADM Joseph N Wenger, and this is from “China.”  The China is where the United State and British would be fighting the Japanese and working Radio Intelligence together.  Click on the link at the bottom of this post to view the original document.

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Remembering PFC Oscar P. Austin, USMC, KIA

On February 23 1969, during the Vietnam War, Private First Class Oscar Palmer Austin, while serving as an assistant machine gunner with Company E, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force, sacrificed his life to protect fellow Marine, Lance Corporal Douglas Payne.

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Early SIGINT Efforts in Vietnam (Part 7 of 7)

In February 1962, General Paul Harkins arrived in Saigon to take charge of the American effort. The advisory group’s command relationship was altered to reflect a growing strategic interest in Vietnam on the part of Washington. Harkins assumed command as the senior U.S. officer in Vietnam, Commander United States Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (COMUSMACV), directly subordinate to the Commander-in-Chief Pacific (CINCPAC). MACV was now the headquarters of a military command, while the former assistance group, MAAG, remained, but it had become a subordinate element under Harkins’ control. [ — ]

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Early SIGINT Efforts in Vietnam (Part 6 of 7)

In late 1960, in response to the Laotian crisis, a special TDY team of four civilian intercept operators and one traffic analyst from NSA had arrived at Clark Air Base to assist in developing the Vietnamese mission, but it could only foster an improvement at the site for the duration of their visit.

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