My U.S. Navy career between 1972 and 1993 included 15 years on active duty and 5 years in the U.S. Navy Reserve. I served in Cryptologic Direct Support teams deployed aboard 15 ships and submarines; I earned and was awarded the treasured Dolphins of a submariner and I was selected, initiated, and promoted to Chief Petty Officer.
- I enlisted in 1972 in the US Navy Reserve and was sent to Naval Communications Training Center, Corry Station, in Pensacola, Florida.
- I completed training as a telecommunications operator—Communications Technician (Operations)—in the Naval Security Group Command.
- While at Corry Station, I was required to take the Foreign Language Aptitude Test. Along with others, I achieved a score of 38—the threshold for language training was 18. I applied and was accepted for language training to “cross-over” to the Communications Technician (Interpretive) rating.
- In March, 1973, I entered the East Coast Branch of the Defense Language Institute in Washington, DC to learn the Russian language. I successfully completed that course and subsequent training at the Naval Technical Training Center Detachment aboard USAFB Goodfellow, San Angelo, Texas.
- In September of 1974, I stepped aboard USS AMERICA at Pier 12 on US Naval Station, Norfolk, VA for the first of what would be 15 cryptologic direct support missions. I also served with Cryptologic Direct Support Elements aboard the aircraft carriers USS FORRESTAL, USS INDEPENDENCE, USS SARATOGA, USS NIMITZ, and USS EISENHOWER, two amphibious ships (USS HARLAN COUNTY & USS FAIRFAX COUNTY), and one destroyer (USS RICHARD E BYRD).
- All of my sea duty was “temporary” and performed while assigned to a shore command. Those included facilities in Maryland, Scotland, Spain, and Turkey.
- I earned and was awarded the Enlisted Submarine Warfare insignia, or Dolphins, in July 1976 while deployed aboard USS WILLIAM H. BATES (SSN 680). She was the third boat on which I served; the others were USS HAMMERHEAD, USS NARWHAL, USS BERGALL, USS SKATE, & USS TUNNY.
Throughout my service, I trained and led diverse teams of Navy and Marine Corps cryptologic technicians in intelligence collection, analysis, and reporting as well as signals security, operations security, and electronic emissions control. I managed individual and collective training for sailors in professional and military matters, and was responsible, at a remote duty station, for managing off-duty college education programs for my shipmates.
In 1983, while serving aboard US Naval Field Station, Sinop Turkey, I was selected for advancement to Chief Petty Officer. I was initiated into the realm of Navy Chiefs at the Naval Security Group Activity, Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. I finished my career in 1992, having served as the Command Chief and Admin Officer at the Naval Reserve Security Group Activity aboard Philadelphia Naval Station, Pennsylvania.
- Recognition among top 10% of US Navy Russian linguists
- Award of the:
- Joint Service Commendation medal
- Two Navy Achievement medals
- Four Good Conduct medals
- Navy Unit Commendation
- Meritorious Unit Commendation
- Navy Expeditionary medal
- National Defense medal