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Silent Warriors: The Naval Security Group Reserve, 1945-2005 - Pg. 1

SILENT WARRIORS: The Naval Security Group Reserve, 1945-2005 Foreword Throughout my naval service, which began as a Seaman more than forty years ago, secrecy has been the trait most prized among cryptologists. During the first half of my career, the fact that the Naval Security Group, active and reserve, performed intelligence missions for the fleet and the intel- ligence community was considered very hush-hush. Only in the last decade has the curtain been lifted sufficiently to allow the public a glimpse, however fleeting, into our secret world. Much of what we do must remain classified by necessity: lives depend on it. Secrecy is part of the air we information warriors breathe and with good reason. However, the time has come to shed some light on the history of Naval Reserve cryptology and allow the public to learn who we are, what we do, where we have been, and where we are headed. It is unfortunate that the secrecy we live with every day has prevented our story from being better known to the public we serve. This volume is intended to tell at least some of our exciting story. The author is a historian and cryptologic officer in the Naval Reserve, and his presentation, telling what can be told of our his-