(1/27) From Scott Laidig with a follow-on from Leatherneck magazine: "Many of you know that, for the past 5 or 6 years, much of my time has been devoted to
writing a multi-volume biography of General Al Gray, the 29th Commandant of the Marine Corps.... (more)
(1/26) In case you didn't see these articles in American Rifleman about Marines in the "Banana Wars," check them
out here (Part One) and
here (Part Two).
(11/28) Passed on from Jay: Can anyone help Rod locate L T Reese? Email as follows: "Greetings Jay, this is Rod Carter, CWO-3 Retired from San Angelo Texas. Got a question, do we have or do you know of any retired Marines who are in the jewelry business? Wanting to get a piece of jewelry made for the wife as a Christmas present. I know that GySgt L.T. Reese (Retired) does that but he is not a member of the MCCA and I don't know how to get ahold of him. He used to live here in West Texas however he moved to the South-east many years ago and he didn't leave much of a contact trail when he left. Any help would be appreciated as would like to do business within our Brotherhood verses a local here. Hope you and your family are doing well. Semper fi rod carter" Can anybody out there help Rod on this?
(11/9) From Dr. Kent Sieg at the Fort: Following is the description of our upcoming Cryptologic History Symposium, to be held next year. We are currently accepting proposals for papers and panels. The first round of consideration will begin with papers received by mid-January.
The biennial Cryptologic History Symposium will be held 17-18 October 2013. Historians from the Center, the Intelligence Community, the defense establishment, and the military services, as well as distinguished scholars from American and foreign academic institutions, veterans of the profession, graduate and undergraduate students, and the interested public all will gather for two days of reflection and debate on relevant and important topics from the cryptologic past.
Past symposia have featured scholarship that set out new ways to consider out cryptologic heritage, and this one will be no exception. The intended goal is to foster discussion on how cryptology has impacted political, diplomatic, economic, and military tactics, operations, strategy, planning, and command and control throughout history. Any serious researcher whose work touches upon the historical aspects of cryptology defined in its broadest sense is encouraged to participate. The conference will provide many opportunities for interaction with leading historians and other distinguished experts. The mix of practitioners, scholars, and interested observes always precipitates a lively debate promoting an enhanced appreciation for the context of past events.
The theme for the upcoming conference will be "Technological Change and Cryptology: Meeting the Historical Challenges." The practice and application of cryptanalysis and cryptography have been radically altered as the evolution of technology has accelerated. Conference participants will delve into the technical, scientific, methodological, political, and industrial underpinnings of signals intelligence and information assurance as presented throughout a broad swath of history. While presenters may choose to focus on purely technological topics, the theme is not meant to be exclusionary; the panels will include papers on a broad range of related operational, organizational, counterintelligence, policy, and international themes. The audience will be particularly interested in new findings on the intersection of technology and cryptology as signals systems evolved from manual to machine-assisted to digital formats.
The Symposium will be held at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory's Kossiakoff Center, in Laurel, Maryland, a location central to the Baltimore, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., areas. For more information on this conference, contact Dr. Kent Sieg, the Symposium Executive Director, by telephone at 301-688-2336 or email Dr. Sieg.
Dr. Kent G. Sieg
Center for Cryptologic History
National Security Agency
Suite 6886, Door 22, SAB-2
9800 Savage Rd.
Fort Meade, MD 20755
(11/4) Sad news from Marty Bennent: Just saw that our fellow 26XX Company C Marine, Ken Ortlieb, has passed away from the cancer he had been battling.
Click here for news article.
Semper Fi Ken and God Bless.
(9/25> Call for papers: Oct. 10-11, 2013. Center for Cryptologic History. Biennial Cryptologic History Symposium. "Technological Change and Cryptology: Meeting the Historical Challenges." Laurel, Maryland.
CALL FOR PAPERS: Cryptologic History Symposium
The National Security Agency's Center for Cryptologic History sponsors a biennial Cryptologic History Symposium, and the next conference will be held 10-11 October 2013. Historians from the Center, the Intelligence Community, the defense establishment, and the military services, as well as distinguished scholars from American and foreign academic institutions, veterans of the profession, graduate and undergraduate students, and the interested public all will gather for two days of reflection and debate on relevant and important topics from the cryptologic past.
Past symposia have featured scholarship that set out new ways to consider out cryptologic heritage, and this one will be no exception. The intended goal is to foster discussion on how cryptology has impacted political, diplomatic, economic, and military tactics, operations, strategy, planning, and command and control throughout history. Any serious researcher whose work touches upon the historical aspects of cryptology defined in its broadest sense is encouraged to participate. The conference will provide many opportunities for interaction with leading historians and other distinguished experts.
The mix of practitioners, scholars, and interested observes always precipitates a lively debate promoting an enhanced appreciation for the context of past events.
The theme for the upcoming conference will be "Technological Change and Cryptology: Meeting the Historical Challenges." The practice and application of cryptanalysis and cryptography have been radically altered as the evolution of technology has accelerated. Conference participants will delve into the technical, scientific, methodological, political, and industrial underpinnings of signals intelligence and information assurance as presented throughout a broad swath of history. While presenters may choose to focus on purely technological topics, the panels will include papers on a broad range of related operational, organizational, counterintelligence, policy, and international themes. The audience will be particularly interested in new findings on the intersection of technology and cryptology as signals systems evolved from manual to machine-assisted to digital formats.
The Symposium will be held at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory's Kossiakoff Center, in Laurel, Maryland, a location central to the Baltimore, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., areas. At this time, interested persons are invited to submit proposals for a single presentation or even a full panel. The topics can relate to this year's theme, but all serious work on any unclassified aspect of cryptologic history will be considered. Proposals should include an abstract for each paper as well as biographical sketches for each presenter. To submit proposals or form more information on this conference, contact Dr. Kent Sieg, the Symposium Executive Director, by telephone at 301-688-2336 or via email at email@example.com.
here for more info.
Dr. Kent G. Sieg
Center for Cryptologic History
National Security Agency
Suite 6886, Door 22, SAB-2
9800 Savage Rd.
Fort Meade, MD 20755
(7/17> Here's a link to the Fleet Reserve Association's FRA Today magazine. It's in
Rich Text Format, so everyone should be able to read it regardless of the type of Reader you have. There're a bunch of good articles inside that should be of interest
to retirees since most of us fit that role. Among them: "A Prescription for
Higher Pharmacy Fees," "Concerns for Retiree Healthcare," a big article on "Budget Battles Target Retirement Benefits," "Comparison of the House and Senate Bills on
National Defense Authorization Act" bills, "Word Warriors," a good, definitive article on the Code Talkers of WWI and WWII, and the history and heritage of the
China Marines. Please check it out as it's a great issue this month. – WebEd
(6/15) We have received the unfortunate news that GySgt Robert Stewart has passed away on June 2. Below is his obituary:
GySgt. Robert "Stew" E. Stewart, USMC (Ret)
January 7, 1935 to June 2, 2012
GySgt. Robert "Stew" E. Stewart passed away on June, 2 2012 in San Angelo, Texas, at the age of 77. He was born
in Thorndale, Texas, on January 7, 1935.
Robert entered the Marine Corps in July of 1953. After boot camp and ITR he was assigned to the Marine Barracks
at the Navy's destroyer base in San Diego, California. In November of 1954 he was transferred to the 1st Marine
Air Wing at Marine Air Station El Toro, California until October 1957. From November 1957 to November 1960 he
was assigned to recruiting duty in Fresno, California. Then it was back to El Toro before being assigned to the
Language School at the Presidio of Monterey. After Language School, Robert was assigned to Company "C" Marine
Support Battalion at San Miguel, Philippines, from April 1962 to March 1964. While at Company "C", Robert was
promoted to Staff Sergeant. He was transferred to Company "D" Marine Support Battalion at Torri Station, Okinawa,
from March 1964 until September 1967. During this tour of duty Bob was TAD to Sub Unit 1, 1st Radio Battalion in
Vietnam from September 1966 until November 1967. He was then assigned to Traffic Analysis School at Fort Devins,
Mass. After T/A School he was assigned to the 2nd Radio Battalion at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina from May 1968
until October 1970. Robert was then transferred to 1st Radio Battalion Forward in Vietnam from November 1970 to
April 1971. Then it was back to Hawaii and the 1st Radio Battalion until April 1974. While with 1st Radio,
Robert was promoted to Gunnery Sergeant. From May 1974 until his retirement from the Marine Corps in August
1975 he was stationed at Fort Meade, Maryland with Company "A" Marine Support Battalion.
Robert is survived by wife Sally, his son Jimmy, daughter Rebecca, and sister Ginny Bowman.
(5/9) Please check out the Photo Gallery. I have received some photos from Bernie Shorkey's son and have posted them in a slideshow. (WebEd)
(4/2) Ms. Palumbo of Surviving Mesothelioma contacted Jay and asked if we could post the following for the information of our members:
"From: Tonya Palumbo
Subject: Re: MCCA website
To: "Jay Adams"
Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 1:31 PM
Good afternoon Jay,
Thank you for getting back to me so quickly. I would like to suggest a health issue related to veterans regarding
exposure to asbestos. Our organization is Surviving Mesothelioma and we are sponsored by Cancer Monthly, a cancer
organization in which awareness is our primary focus. We also have a page designed specifically for Veterans.
The URL is http://www.survivingmesothelioma.com/veterans-asbestos-mesothelioma.cfm.
We also have a highly regarded social worker, Abby Palmer, to assist cancer patients after they have been
diagnosed, free of charge. Would you consider adding our site, Surviving Mesothelioma should your members need
information not associated with a law firm? We would be happy to write a quick paragraph or even design an entire
page regarding health issues that concern veterans for your website. This may better help your patrons understand
how the health issues and how they apply to them.
Thank you for your time. I look forward to hearing from you.
Tonya M. Palumbo
Cancer Monthly / Surviving Mesothelioma
(3/12) Open House coming up in May at 2nd Radio Battalion:
From: Rau LtCol Matthew G
Subject: FW: Second Radio Battalion Open House
To: jay, "Caruso LtCol Todd M"
Date: Monday, March 12, 2012, 10:04 AM
This might be an event of interest to MCCA and AOC members.
We are planning an open house on 18 May here at the battalion. Details are forthcoming, but I wanted to
give the organizations that support our alumni advanced warning.
LtCol Matt Rau
(3/7) The End of the FGGM World as We Know It!
Expansion of NSA, Cyber Command months ahead of schedule;
Fort Meade to close golf course on May 1
By RICK HUTZELL, Staff Writer, Maryland Gazette
Officials at Fort George G. Meade said yesterday they would close their 27-
hole golf course May 1 - months ahead of schedule - to accommodate construction projects on the post.
The Courses at Fort Meade, a centerpiece of the post since 1950, was scheduled
to close in September. The land is being turned over to new facilities tied to
the expansion of the National Security Agency and the U.S. Cyber Command.
"I know the golf course will be missed," Col. Edward C. Rothstein, Fort Meade
garrison commander, said in a statement released yesterday afternoon. "It has
served me along with the entire Team Meade community.... The loss of the golf
course is an emotional issue. "However, the decision to support national security, DoD priorities
and our partners is not difficult."
The National Security Agency is in the midst of a $2 billion, 1.8 million-
square-foot expansion. Along with the Cyber Command headquarters established
at Fort Meade, the expansion is expected to bring 9,000 more federal employees
and another 10,000 private sector employees to the post and the surrounding
area by 2017. Jim Ladebush has worked at the Courses for 23 years, the last two as
superintendent. He said employees have been told the post will work to find
them new positions, but he doesn't have much hope that he'll find something
that fits his skills. He said golfers at the course, mostly military retirees and Department of
Defense employees, are disappointed by the news, although they knew the end
was near. Post officials said 35,000 rounds of golf were played last year at
the Courses, including 41 tournaments. "They're pretty disappointed," said Ladebush,
who lives in nearby Odenton. "They're trying to figure out where they're going to play golf. There are
people who've been out there for 40 years who are losing their golf course."
Originally a 36-hole golf course with a driving range, putting green and club
house, the Courses lost nine holes and its driving range when the Defense
Information Systems Agency and the Defense Media Activity headquarters were
built as a part of the base realignment and closure process.
Scott Myers, chief of business operations for Fort Meade's Directorate of
Family, Morale and Welfare, said talks are under way with county golf courses
in the region to find a place where season pass holders can play this year.
Thirty-three employees work at the golf course, 15 of them seasonal workers.
Myers said the directorate is looking for positions for the groundskeepers,
golf pros and catering managers at Fort Meade.
The club house will remain open and serve as a meeting and catering location,
allowing some staff to keep their current jobs running those facilities.
Rothstein said his staff is still looking for a way to replace the golf
course, but shrinking defense budgets make that unlikely in the short term.
"Nothing is off the table," Rothstein said in the announcement of the closure.
"From building a new golf course on another location on post to possibly
purchasing a local golf course, we're exploring many alternatives. In the
short term, we are working to establish reciprocal agreements with county golf
(1/12) From Randy Mitchell (posted on Facebook's Cryptology Marines): I have completely redone all of my pictures taken at my various duty stations, sorted by duty station. Even if you've seen them there might be something new - or someone or someplace you could help identify.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org putting 'send link' in subject line.
I no longer have a universal link so each link has to be sent separately.
(1/11) Again, it is our sad duty to report the passing of another one of our own. Passed on by Keefer Knill through Facebook's Cryptology Marines:
"I just saw this from Albert Shorkey on the CT Marine Guestbook:
I have the unfortunate news that MGYSGT Bernard A. Shorkey (Ret.) passed away on Nov.24 2011 from cancer. He passed away in Vero Beach, Fl with his family at his side. For those who knew him say a Semper Fi for him . He served with pride and conviction for 26 yrs in The MARINE Corps and 3 years in The U.S.Army."
And from Tom Hunnicutt:
Master GySgt Bernard A. Shorkey
"Master Gunnery Sergeant (MGySgt) Bernard A. Shorkey served three years in the U. S. Army and entered the U. S. Marine Corps in 1957. In January 1961 Sergeant Shorkey was assigned duty with 1st Radio Battalion (1st RadBn) and stationed at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. In early 1962 he was assigned duty with Sub Unit One, 1st RadBn and detached to Pleiku, South Vietnam, for approximately six months. This was the first Marine Corps unit to enter the Vietnam War and it remained in South Vietnam longer than any other Marine Corps unit, departing April 1971. Sub Unit One was disestablished in March 1969 when the 1st RadBn arrived in Da Nang. At that time Sub Unit Two was established in Hawaii. Sometime around May 1962, Sgt Shorkey assumed duty with 1st RadBn in Hawaii. In 1965 he was assigned duty with Company E, Marine Support Battalion (CoE, MSB) at Kamiseya, Japan. In 1980 MGySgt Shorkey served as the Senior Marine NCO with Co K, MSB, in Pensacola, Florida, until his retirement in 1983. At that time he moved to Vero Beach, FL. He passed away on November 24, 2012.
Remarks: This is a limited military biography of MGySgt Bernard Shorkey. However, therefore, I offer some personal remarks concerning him. We served together as Sergeants (E-5) at Company E, Marine Support Battalion, Kamiseya, Japan from 1964 - 67 and without question was an outstanding NCO and Marine. I never heard a bad word about him from other NCOs, Officers or our troops. He led by example and was an inspiration to all who came to know him. Just a few short years ago Lt Colonel James Rayburn, Commanding Officer, Co K, MSB told me Shorkey was one of the finest NCOs the Corps had ever mustered, as he demonstrated a unique awareness and ability beyond his expectations. I told Jim, this sounds like the same Shorkey I knew back in 1965 when we served together at Kamiseya, Japan."
(1/7) On 5 January, reported by quite a few of out members, J.J. Leake passed on to "...Heaven's scenes...." The following is from Craig Vanatta and forwarded by Chuck Weeks:
"Jim passed quietly during the early morning of January 5, 2012. He was being cared for at home by his son "Bobby". The family requests that any gifts be made in "Jim's" name to the Onslow County Women's Center,
226 New Bridge St., Jacksonville, NC 28540. Further questions about this, 910-347-4000.
Viewing for Family and friends will be Monday, January 9, 7 - 9 pm, at Johnson Funeral Home, Jacksonville. Funeral will be Tuesday, January 10, 11 am, followed by a graveside ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park, Camp Johnson, NC.
If someone could contact other veterans to let them know of Jim's passing it would be appreciated.
Also, Jim's son "Bobby"(email@example.com) would like to have a listing of all Jim's duty stations throughout his career. Somebody out there probably has this on file MCCA or something... if you could help? Bobby would really like to have this."
From Tom Hunnicutt:
Military Service Biography
Master Sergeant James J. Leake began his military career Marine Wireman (2511). Promoted to PFC in 1956 he was transferred to H&S Battery, 12th Marine, 3rd Marine Division, FMF. Prior to being transferred to E. Company 2nd Bn, 3rd Marine Division, he was promoted to Cpl in 1958, and assigned duty as a Radio Manual Morse Operator (2533). In 1958 he was further transferred to Marine Barrack, Hasting, Nebraska as a Marine Sergeant until 1959. At that time he was then transferred to 1st Recon Bn, 1st Marine Division, FMF at Camp Pendleton, California. In 1959 to 1961 he served aboard the USS PRINCETON (LPHS) as a Communicator (2533). In 1961 through 1963 he served with A & C BTRY, 11th Marines, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, California. He was then transferred to K Company, Marine Support Battalion (MSB), Pensacola, Florida. In 1964 - 1965 he was assigned to H Company, MSB, Key West Florida (2533). In 1965 - 1968 he was assigned to F Company, MSB, Karamasel, Turkey and Bremerhaven Germany. Promoted to Staff Sergeant in 1968 his MOS was re-designated 2571 (Intercept Operator) and transferred L Co. MSB, Phu Bai, South Vietnam, as a Intercept Chief. From 1969 to 1970 he was stationed 2nd Radio Bn, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and promoted to Gunnery Sergeant (GySgt). In 1970 - 1971 he attended Cryptanalysis (CA) School, Fort Devens, Massachusetts.
In 1971 he was transferred to 1st Radio Bn, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii and assigned to the Electronic Warfare Platoon. In April 1972 he was detached with Detachment N, 1st Radio Battalion, 9th Marine Amphibious Brigade (9th MAB) and assign duty as a CA intelligence (Code and Cipher Analysis). In early summer 1972 he was transferred to the USS NEWPORT NEWS, Gulf of Tonkin as the CA Chief. Upon returning to Hawaii from South Vietnam he was assigned duty at the NCOIC of the 1st Radio Battalion Motor Pool, which involved highly classified electronic communication equipment and vans. In 1973, now Master Sergeant (MSgt) Leake was transferred to Co. E. MSB, Misawa, Japan through 1976. At that time he was further transferred to Co. A, 2nd Plt and then EW Plt, 2nd Radio Battalion, FMF, Camp Lejeune. NC where he served as the Operations Chief until his retirement.
Personal note concerning Master Sergeant Leake: In addition to being a true friend and brother Marine, I can state without exception he was one of the finest Marnies I have every known or work with. During his days with 1st Radio Battalion we shared our music, which was an ongoing hobby for both of us. However, as the CA Chief aboard the USS BLUE RIDGE, Jim worked for me prior to going out on his own. Nonetheless, in a short time he became one of the best of the best when it came to code breaking, which BrigGen Edward Miller (CG 9th MAB) used daily while making battle plans. There simply was not a lazy bone in Jim's body and he demonstrated this time and time again, which demonstrated his unique ability to master all he set out to master. Indeed he will be missed and thus, I send forth my prayer to God to keep Master James J. Leake on the Honor Role, as he served both God and country well.