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Posted 1 September 2013

Click here to hear more hidden Army marches: This one is Music of Service - "Old soldiers never die..."Center for Cryptologic History biennial symposium

The Center for Cryptologic History hosts a biennial international symposium in October during odd-numbered years. This year it will be held on October 17-18 at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory's Kossiakoff Conference Center, just west of Laurel, Maryland, in the Baltimore-Washington corridor.

The theme for the 2013 symposium is "Technological Change and Cryptology: Meeting the Historical Challenges." The conference will include sessions on "A Tribute to Alan Turing," a "Roundtable on Cyber History," "Bletchley Park," "COMINT and the Civil War," "The Cryptologic Legacy of the Great War Era," "SIGINT and the Vietnam War Era," and "A Technological Advantage: Historical Perspectives on Cryptologic Research and Development." The speakers and audience are a mix of outside scholars, current practitioners, retired veterans, and interested members of the public. In all there will be 21 separate sessions and over 70 presentations. Speakers will include eminent scholars such as David Kahn and cryptologic pioneers such as Whitfield Diffie. Past symposia have had presenters from over a dozen countries.  

All symposium sessions are open to the registered public. A complete agenda is here. The very moderate registration fee ($65/day regular; $35 for students) includes refreshments and catered lunch. Note also that the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation has an excellent program the day before at the same venue. Those interested can register for both the Symposium and Museum's event here. Note that you do not need to become a Foundation member to register for these events.    

Posted 12 November 2012

Click here to hear more hidden Army marches: This one is Music of Service - "Old soldiers never die..."Cryptology Symposium & Call For Papers - Sponsored by the NSA

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 Laboratorys 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 via email at

Posted 12 July 2010

Click here to hear more hidden Army marches: This one is Music of Service - "Old soldiers never die..."New VA Grave Program For Burial In Non-VA Cemeteries

The VA is offering a new program for Veterans not buried in national or state veterans' cemeteries, or those without a government grave marker.VA Graves Marker The new program makes available a medallion that can be affixed to existing graves, and can be used instead of a traditional government headstone. Per the VA, "The medallion is available in three sizes: 5", 3" and 1 " in width. Each bronze medallion features the image of a folded burial flag adorned with laurels and is inscribed with the word "Veteran" at the top and the branch of service at the bottom.

Next of kin will receive the medallion, along with a kit that will allow the family or the staff of a private cemetery to affix the medallion to a headstone, grave marker, mausoleum or columbarium niche cover."

For information on the program, click the picture at right. Information about other VA burial benefits can be obtained from national cemetery offices, from the VA website on the Internet at or by calling VA regional offices toll-free at 1-800-827-1000.

 Posted 21 June 2010

Click here to hear more hidden Army marches: This one is Music of Service - "Old soldiers never die..."From Belgium: Searching for WWII Signal Corps Army Photographer Helmet

From an eMail recently received:

I am desperately trying to find a photo of a M1C helmet of a signal corps officer during WW2. I am a re-enactor wearing the uniform of a 82nd Airborne paratrooper with the "US Army Photographer" shoulder badge and "Photographer" cloth patch. I am willing to purchase a helmet but I cannot manage finding such dedicated helmets (I think it was a M1C with the yellow marking "Photographer" in front of the helmet. 

Could you please tell me where I could find photos of photographers wearing such helmets ?

I was told that some helmets were modified for photographer in the US army during WW2, is it true ? Could I see a picture of this ? 

NB: this is my photo website: 

Thx for your help! 

Best regards \ Bien vous \ Met vriendelijke groeten


Robert MARY

Group Internal Audit (BOD\AUD)

20 U 06 

Bd du Roi Albert II 27


Tel: +32 2 202-70-23

Fax:  +32 2 202-70-15

E-mail address :

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ArmySignalOCS is expanding its site to include personal stories, pictures, audio and video memories from Army Signal OCS graduates, their families and friends. If you want to memorialize your time in the Signal Corps, send us your story.

Not all stories will be published. ArmySignalOCS editors will read each submission and select best of breed and interest to all. However, any topic is acceptable: sad, happy, poignant, humorous, love laced, hard hitting, true war stories, stories of fire fights, or just memories of rainy nights in Georgia... send us what you have and include pictures. For more information, click on the Web Submissions link at left.

To read some of the stores already submitted, see their pictures, or simply wander through the memories of your fellow officers, click on the Veterans' Salutes section at left.

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When you do a search on this site for a member of your OCS Class, you end up on a web page with a table showing the list of class members for your class, and their current status. The bottom half of most pages is blank. We want to fill it with pictures of the people in that class. If you have candid pictures of class members, especially if they were taken while you were in OCS, please send them to us. We will post them on your class' page. Be sure to give us a little background on your pictures, so that we can properly label them. If you have any good pics, take them down to your local drug store and ask them to scan them at 300 dpi to a file. Attach your file to an eMail, and send it to us at Be sure to tell us the Class Number, identify the people in it, and tell us a bit about the setting, date, and anything else you can remember. Both we, and your classmates, thank you.


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