Title: Generally Speaking: A Place in History

Release Date: 2016-08-10

Document Date: 2003-10-17

Description: The first in a series called “Generally Speaking” from the Signals Intelligence director. In this installment, he tells the SID workforce that they’re heroes in the brand new war on terrorism.

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(S//SI) Generally Speaking: A Place in History
FROM: MG Richard Quirk, USA
Signals Intelligence Director
Run Date: 10/17/2003

(U//FOUO) Note from SIGINT Communications: This is the first " Generally Speaking ", MG
Quirk's monthly message to the SID workforce.
(S//SI) Do you know that you are making history? You are! The war we are fighting -- not just
in Iraq, but the War on Terrorism -- is a global war. It is history in the making and you are part
of it, a critical part. Whether you work Latin America or Commerce and Finance, the UN mission
or the Balkans, you are contributing to this fight. Uncovering targets and prosecuting known
targets keeps the other side from gaining stability.
(U) As SIGINTer's we are being called upon to do more than ever before. As we have expanded
our capabilities, our leaders and commanders come to us for more and more intelligence opportunities for us to make a difference in history abound.
(U) I couldn't be prouder of your contributions and accomplishments in this war. Accolades from
all directions are piling up. But, we must not rest easy in the saddle. The burden of our
responsibility is great -- almost overwhelming, at times. It is hard to believe that tasks we
consider routine can have such a significant impact to our nation. Although the task seems
never-ending and we aren't always aware of the payoff, we need to remain vigilant and prod
ourselves to ratchet up another notch. That extra effort just might save a soldier's life. We
cannot forget how important the job is that we do.
(U) We must realize, too that we are not in this alone. Intelligence is a team effort and we must
respond to the nation's needs by being flexible and seeking opportunities to share and thereby
improve the Intelligence Community's products. Continue to be selfless in your efforts and think
only of the payoff for the customer.
(U) We are in this fight for the long haul. The War on Terrorism has just begun and we cannot
know when we will achieve victory. So keep in mind, as you do your daily tasks, that ours is a
unique opportunity to influence history. Keeping America safe is our vital mission.
(U) In the years ahead, I believe each of us will look back at this experience as a defining
moment in our lives.

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