NCMF Spring Program, Code Talkers' Plaque, & More
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March 2014: Issue #31

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HOH Native American Code Talkers



In October 2013, the Native American Code Talkers became the first group to be honored in the NSA/CSS Cryptologic Hall of Honor. Traditionally a plaque is presented to the honoree or a family member, so the search was on to determine the right home for the Native American Code Talkers' plaque. 

We are excited to report that the
Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in Washington, D.C. has enthusiastically agreed to accept the plaque and to proudly keep it on display. A formal ceremony presenting the plaque to NMAI Director Mr. Kevin Gover will take place on 4 March 2014, followed by a private reception. Native American customs will be incorporated into the program and a live webcast is being considered.

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NCMF Spring14
On 12 March 2014, the NCMF will present the 2014 Spring Cryptologic Program featuring special guest speaker, Mr. Jim Ohlson, former FBI Supervisory Special Agent. We look forward to an exciting and in-depth look into the espionage case involving Bob Hanssen. Lunch is included. Please register by 7 March. To go directly to the online registration page, click HERE

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divider2.gif2014 Hall of Honor Nominations

NSA hall of honor Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2014 NSA/CSS Cryptologic Hall of Honor. Nominees must have made significant contributions to the security of the United States in the field of cryptology either by one important achievement or contributions over a career. Nominees must have been retired from active duty for a minimum of 10 years. For more details, see the Hall of Honor Selection Guidelines on our site. The deadline for 2014 Nominations is 12 March. Nominations are accepted throughout the year, but will be considered for the next cycle. To see previous years' nominees, visit the NSA Web site.

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divider2.gif Philip MuddThe AFIO is gearing up for this year's first luncheon, to be held in McLean, Virginia on 21 March. The program promises to be a powerful one as it features two outstanding speakers. The morning speaker, Philip Mudd, (pictured left), is the former Deputy Director of National Security, FBI and former Deputy Director Counterterrorist Center, CIA. He is also the author of Takedown: Inside the Hunt for Al Qaida
Rizzo, John
The afternoon speaker,
John Rizzo, (pictured right) is former Acting General Counsel, CIA and author of Company Man: Thirty Years of Controversy and Crisis in the CIA

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Voynich Manuscript

900 year old viking message solved
Bedforshire University's Stephen Bax says he has deciphered 10 words of the 600 year old Voynich Manuscript. Though some believe the manuscript to be a hoax, the unknown language it contains has defied codebreakers for many, many years.

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Runologist Jonas Nordby of the University of Oslo may have cracked an 11th or 12th century Viking code. For the past several years, researchers have been trying to decipher a Viking rune alphabet known as JÖtunvillur. In the inscribed piece of wood pictured on the left, Nordby discovered the secret message of, "Kiss Me," making it perhaps one of the oldest love letters in existence! 

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  • 3 March 2014: INSA Leadership Dinner with NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander. Details HERE
  • 12 March 2014: NCMF Annual Spring Program featuring guest speaker Jim Ohlson. Register by 7 March. See article above or visit HERE
  • 12 March 2014: NSA/CSS 2014 Cryptologic Hall of Honor Nominations are due. Details HERE
  • 20-22 March 2014: 2nd Biennial Crypto Symposium. Details HERE.
  • 21 March 2014: First AFIO National Luncheon of 2014. Featuring guest speaker John Rizzo. Details HERE
  • 14-17 April 2014: GEOINT Symposium 2013* The 2013 GEOINT Symposium was rescheduled for April 2014 in Tampa, FL. The event is hosted by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation and the theme is Operationalizing Intelligence for Global Missions. Visit the Web site for a full agenda and registration info.  
  • 1-3 May 2014: AFIO-NGA 2014 Intelligence Symposium. Details HERE
  • 3 May: Maryland History Day Competition. Info about NCMF sponsored awards HERE
  • 5-8 June: 12th Annual Misawa Project Reunion. Details HERE
  • NCMF Staff Vacancy: The NCMF has an opening for a Membership Coordinator. This is a part-time, paid position located at the NCMF office in the NCM. Details HERE
  • NCMF Mailings to Transition to Email: In an effort to save money and the environment, the NCMF will be sending information to members via our periodic e-letters. If you do not have an e-mail address on file with the NCMF, you will continue to receive regular mailings. If you have an e-mail address on file, but would prefer to receive regular mailings, please notify us at or call 301-688-5436. 
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