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Cryptologic Technician - CTA, CTI, CTM, CTO, CTR
The original rating, Communications Technician, evolved in 1948 from the ratings of Specialist (Q) (Cryptographers), Specialist (Q) (Radio Intelligence), Specialist (Q) (Technicians), and Radioman. In 1976, the rating's name was changed to the present day, Cryptologic Technician. CTs perform a variety of duties worldwide at numerous overseas and stateside shore commands, aboard surface ships, aircraft and submarines and Naval Special Warfare. Duties include performing collection, analysis and reporting on communication signals using computers, specialized computer-assisted communications equipment, and video display terminals.
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Veterans Without Families
Madeira Beach / Petersburg, FL.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
On the first Tuesday of each month, Bay Pines National Cemetery holds their monthly service to Honor Veterans that have passed away without families to set up proper military rites. The PGR will once again stand a silent Flag Line in honor of their lives, service to our Country and their passing.
Our Veteran names are as follows:
USN – FN Edward Witkowski
USN – SH3 David Happ
USA – PFC William Doolin
USN – S2 Lawrence Kapsinow
USA – SSGT Charles Vines
USAF – Lt Col John Goodson
US Merchant Marine – John Sand
USN – SN Franklin Thomas
USA – SSGT William Belsky
USA – PVT Steven Logue
USA – TEC 3 James Pessolano
USA – MSGT Sandra Nunley
USN – RMSA Jeffrey Letter
In 1856, the USS Supply, commanded by LT David Dixon Porter, sails from Smyrna, Syria, bound for Indianola, Texas, with a load of 21 camels intended for experimental use in the American desert west of the Rockies.
And in 1898, the U.S. battleship Maine blows up in Havana Harbor.
Messages feed into this automatic switching center at Cheltenham, MD, at the rate of 100 words per minute and move to outgoing lines for distribution at twice that speed. Overseas commands, ships, and aircraft are linked to the new network through the Naval Communication's system's point-to-point, broadcast, ship-shore, and air-ground radio circuits.
May 1959: US Navy communications being handled
by the nation's newest and fastest automatic
Photo courtesy of Naval History & Heritage Command
Today in 2003, Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrates and is lost with all astronauts aboard due to a failure in the shuttle heat shield protective system on the leading edge of the left wing during its re-entry into the Earths atmosphere. Remembering these brave souls.
In response to her distress call, the Naval Security Group in Japan promised to send fighters. The Pueblo vainly attempted to outrun the smaller, faster warships, but the Democratic People's Republic of Korea ships gave chase, and shortly opened fire.
Today we remember the crew of the Pueblo and the torture they endured at the hands of the North Korean military.
Click on the button below to read the full story as written by Alan Bellows of Damn Interesting.com.
By Martin Weil, The Washington Post, August 30, 2014
John A. Walker Jr., the American who sold Navy secrets to the Soviets for 18 years in what has been described as one of the most damaging espionage operations of the Cold War, died Aug. 28 in a federal prison hospital in North Carolina. He was 77.
The death was confirmed to the Associated Press by a federal bureau of prisons spokesman. He gave no cause, but Mr. Walker was known to have diabetes and throat cancer.
Walker was the central figure in a ring that operated for years and that included his son, Michael, and his older brother, Arthur J. Walker, who died in prison in July. Their blood ties prompted author Pete Earley to title his book about their activities “Family of Spies.” (A fourth member of the group, Jerry A. Whitworth, a former Navy radioman, was also convicted and sentenced to 365 years in prison.)
In a magazine published by the U.S. Naval Institute, author John Prados described John Walker as this country’s “most notorious naval spy.” Officials connected to the prosecution of the ring in the mid-1980s suggested that it caused incalculable harm to national security, and to this day specialists profess uncertainty as to the full extent of the damage.
Earley quoted a high-level defector from the Soviet intelligence agency calling the Walker ring “the greatest case in KGB history.”
Vitaly Yurchenko, according to Earley, said the ring enabled the Soviets to decipher coded messages by the millions and claimed that “if there had been a war, we would have won.”
Trained in codes and communications, John Walker held the rank of chief warrant officer, which designates a technical specialist whose rank is below that of a commissioned officer, but above that of enlisted sailor. His work gave him routine access to many of the Navy’s most sensitive secrets.
Few of the hallmarks of the literature of espionage cannot be found in accounts of the activities of John Walker and the ring he led.
It involved troves of documents smuggled out of secure facilities and photographed with a miniature camera. Caches of classified material were deposited in inconspicuous places for pickup by Soviet contacts. It entailed betrayals, narrow escapes and trips of thousands of miles to hold meetings in foreign countries.
John Anthony Walker Jr. was born July 28, 1937, in Washington. His parents had moved from the Scranton, Pa., area so his father could take a government job. His father was reportedly a heavy drinker who could turn violent.
After being arrested on a burglary charge, John Walker Jr., was permitted to avoid punishment by joining the Navy.
He showed ability, performing well as a communications specialist on submarines. However, while in the Navy, he opened a business that soon went on the rocks.
The years of espionage started in the late 1960s, according to the account John Walker gave to Earley, when financial pressures led the Navy man to trade his access to secrets for the cash he coveted. As the story has been told, John Walker smuggled key information relating to the Navy’s coded messages out of a facility in the Norfolk area and drove with it in October 1967 to Washington. It was intended to be shown to the Soviets as a sample of his wares.
After parking his car near the Soviet embassy on 16th Street Northwest, he steeled himself against his fears of detection and strode swiftly through the front gate. Successfully persuading those inside that he was no plant, he entered into an agreement on that day to begin what became one of the longest-lived operations in modern espionage. His introduction to the shadowy world of spying began when embassy personnel spirited him out of the building and into one of their cars.
But in time, his wife, the former Barbara Crowley, became aware of what he was doing. As the result of a difficult family life long in the making, they eventually divorced, and his efforts to recruit a daughter have been described as one of the reasons his former wife ultimately tipped off the FBI to his activities. He had three daughters and a son. A complete list of survivors could not be confirmed.
In May 1985, unaware he was being watched, he drove from Norfolk to drop a bag of Navy secrets intended for the KGB at a predetermined location in the Maryland suburbs of Washington. It was the FBI who made the pickup. Shortly afterward, agents took him into custody at gunpoint at a hotel.
The ring quickly unraveled. He pleaded guilty in federal court in 1985 and heard himself denounced the next year by the federal judge who sentenced him to life in prison.
In return for his plea and for a pledge of cooperation, the government agreed to go easier on his son. While the others in the ring were all given life sentences, the son was sentenced to 25 years. He was paroled in 2000 at the age of 37.