"Oskars" for NCM, Ukrainian Blessings, & Hitler's Enigma
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Feb 2014: Issue #30

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Museum 140 recently hosted the 2014 Museum Oskars, collecting nominations from individuals who had positive museum experiences in 2013. There were 12 categories and we are pleased to announce that the National Cryptologic Museum received honors in the categories of Friendliest Staff Experience and Best "Hidden Gem." Museums from all around the world were honored with nominations and everyone nominated was considered a winner! 

To read the comments about the NCM, visit HERE for the Friendliest Staff Experience category and HERE for the Best "Hidden Gem" category. 

Congratulations to ALL the winners, thanks to Museum 140 for hosting these "Oskars," and 
Thank you for your support!
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.gif B207 Hitler EnigmaThe B207 belongs to a special series of machines, and is the only B-series machine believed to have survived the war. The machine is believed to have been used by Hitler's high command and based upon the dates when the machine was in use, may have been located at the Berghof, Hiter's modified home in the Bavarian Alps. Now it is located at the National Cryptologic Museum!

The cipher wheels of the machine were specially wired and the wheels and plugboard have red markings. Some of the machines in this series were further re-wired for extreme security precautions for some unspecified purpose. 

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Symbol and Ukrainian Pysanska Egg

Ukrainian blessings could be an answer to the mystery symbols on the stained glass windows of a WWII Memorial Chapel located at Lake Junaluska in North Carolina.

We previously posted these symbols on our Web site and on our Facebook page, asking for any potential solutions to their meaning. A gentleman by the name of Kent wrote in with a possible solution and some images to back up his theory that the symbols could come from the
Ukrainian Pysanka tradition. If true, the window artists could have been imparting a message from their homeland and seeking to fill the buildings with natural goodness and spiritual protection. The black and white coloring may have conveyed respect for the souls of the dead.

Visit our site to see more of the symbols and to read more about the possible solution.

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  • 13 February 2014: 2014 AFCEA Winter Intelligence Symposium. The Symposium will use the National Intelligence Council's "Global Trends 2030" paper as a starting point to discuss the steps the Intelligence Community needs to take during the next decade to stay relevant. More details HERE. (*Per the Web site, registration is now closed for this event.)
  • 24-28 February 2014: RSA Conference USA 2014. For those of you located on the West Coast - this conference will be held in San Francisco. Details HERE.
  • 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
  • 1-3 May 2014: AFIO-NGA 2014 Intelligence Symposium. 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 cryptmf@aol.com or call 301-688-5436. 
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