HoH Ceremony 2019 Highlight


GEN Nakasone: Hundreds of thousands
of people, both military and civilian have served within
our Agency throughout our 67 year history — Yet
only 94 of them are recognized in our Hall of Honor — Lt Gen Ken Minihan who is being
recognized as an inductee today established the
Cryptologic Hall of Honor. Lt Gen Minihan: When the Director
called me and said you’ve been selected. I said no, you can’t do
that. I started this and you can’t put me in it. Actually it’s
been 20 years, so it works ok. It was part of capturing our
history and what we had not done well is capture the people of our
history. So we needed a Hall — Dr. Hatch: Colonel Edward Drake
left an enduring legacy in the world wide intelligence
community — Christopher Yermal: It’s
particularly striking to me that he he passed away almost 48 years ago
and when I was at the CSE Building in Ottawa, the groups of people
from different backgrounds and how they communicate with one another
that was kind of how he wanted everyone to work together.
Dr. Hatch: The Communication Security Establishment is built
on and continues to operate on the foundation he made — Chief Radioman, Harry Kidder,
designed the curriculum to teach a select group of radiomen in
intercept and traffic analysis. Due to its secrecy it was given on
the roof of the Main Navy Building in Washington and they in
turn we’re nicknamed the On The Roof Gang. Today’s
Navy SIGINTers stand on his and their shoulders. —
Alva Bryan Lasswell coupled cryptanalysis and language skills
with analytical insights that were decisive in the battle
of Coral Sea in 1942 and the next major
battle at midway Island. James Lasswell: As a Marine,
he really wanted to be on one of those islands in the Pacific.
Yet, his skills that he had trained for for years were all about the
Japanese language and the Japanese intellect and what
they were thinking. Dr. Hatch: His actions help
shorten the War and certainly saved countless lives.
John Lasswell: That story of a guy who never graduated high school,
never went to college signed up as a private in the Marine Corps
and turns out to change the world really makes a big difference — Dr. Hatch: Lt Gen Kenneth
Minihan, US Air Force, retired, changed external perceptions
about 21st Century cryptology. His sponsorship of the 1997
Eligible Receiver Exercise shocked the Department of Defense into
preparing for an era in which cyber space would become a
domain in its own right. Lt Gen Minihan: I probably know
half the people on this wall and what you find is they always are
a part of the family they’re, always ready to help.
That’s why it’s One Team, One Mission — GEN Nakasone: As we recognize
the pioneers and heroes whose cryptologic achievements helped
to defend our nation, the men and women who have been inducted
into our Hall are truly the giants of our profession.
The once silent world of cryptology —

Michael Martin

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