Title: Are You a Grizzled Veteran? (repost)

Release Date: 2016-08-10

Document Date: 2003-11-28

Description: (Repost) Memories of NSA and signals intelligence in prior decades.

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(U) Are You a Grizzled Veteran? (repost)
FROM: Unattributed
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Run Date: 11/28/2003

(U) Note from SIGINT Communications: The following retrospective has been making the
rounds... presented as our Friday "human interest" piece:
(U//FOUO) You know you are a veteran NSAer if you...
remember the Marine Guards.
can remember when you could drive up to the door of Gatehouse 2.
remember when Route 32 was a 2-lane road.
remember when the military could come to work in civilian clothes.
remember the beer machines in the cafeteria.
remember when there were two Soviet military watches.
are a reporter and you took the IS-250 class.
were once a Russian linguist and you learned a "less commonly taught" language.
worked Iraq when it was on our side.
can correctly pronounce GSFG. [Group of Soviet Forces Germany - "Gee-SOF-Gee"]
remember SECRET KIMBO.
were working SIGINT when the Director was still a Bulgarian linguist.
worked with Maureen Baginski in A4.
remember when the Cryptologic Museum was a motel.
remember when Lot N10 was just a gravel lot.
remember when they cleared lot N10 and put down the gravel.
remember when 9A135 was DIRNSA's conference room.
remember picking up traffic in the basement.
remember the tape runners and their electric carts.
remember sharing a bank of Delta Data machines.
know M204. [Early computer-age application]
remember using COINS on a teletype machine.
own a GUHOR stick. [Used for drawing geometric shapes for traffic analysis templates]
remember having to show your badge to go up the Ops 1 escalator.
remember Ronald Reagan's visit.
were ever cleared for VRK-33.
remember when Mr. Black was Chief, A.
know the correct expansions for WPSTN. [Warsaw Pact Stationary Troposcatter Network]
ever got food poisoning at Henckles restaurant.
ever took a PQE in the cafeteria.
remember the Ops 1 cafeteria's original configuration.
remember the "Dining Parlour" near the cafeteria.
remember the room lights on the front of the HQ building being arranged to spell out a
Christmas message.
were here before Ops 2A and 2B were built.
remember the softball fields across from the "Daring Duo" (antennas).
wrote a song that was published in the A6 Vox Topics Song Book.
(U) See you next week!
(U) Note from SIGINT Communications: The above article first appeared on September 12th.

"(U//FOUO) SIDtoday articles may not be republished or reposted outside NSANet

without the consent of S0121 (DL sid comms)."

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