Friday, November 6, 2009

An Information Warfare Icon Retires Today - Cindy Widick


In honor of

Captain Cynthia L. Widick, United States Navy

The Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service
cordially invites you to attend
an award and retirement ceremony
on Friday, the sixth of November two thousand and nine
ten o’clock in the morning

Captain Widick began her military career as an Army linguist (Russian) in 1975. Among the great many things she has done: she has served at sea as the Commander, SEVENTH Fleet Cryptologist, was Commanding Officer of U.S. Naval Security Group Activity Naples, Italy and completed a staff tour at Commander, Naval Security Group Command in G10 - the training directorate.

CONGRATULATIONS SHIPMATE !!

Our former Chief of Naval Operations, Vern Clark, always liked to tell Sailors, “Go write our history”…well, Cindy did exactly that. And she wrote it quietly, with no fanfare as is her style.

10 comments:

Captain Jim Newman, USN retired said...

In all my years, Cindy is in the top five Sailors I’ve ever known when it comes to clear thinking, strong leadership and impermeable ethics…all while being one of the nicest people alive. Aloha, Jim.

NSAer said...

Best at NSA, for sure.

Anonymous said...

Never met a finer Navy officer in the NSG than Cindy.

Anonymous said...

[Congressional Record Volume 149, Number 72 (Wednesday, May 14, 2003)]

THE FOLLOWING NAMED OFFICERS FOR APPOINTMENT TO THE GRADE
INDICATED IN THE UNITED STATES NAVY UNDER TITLE 10, U.S.C.,
SECTIONS 624:

To be Captain

JEAN E. BENFER, 1341
LEE S. CARDWELL, 1727
FRANK J. CARUSO JR., 5394
SEAN R. FILIPOWSKI, 6388
REINER W. LAMBERT, 1372
ALLEN V. POLLARD, 0385
CYNTHIA L. WIDICK, 3521

Andy said...

While Jim Newman's words are hard to beat let me add that Cindy kept us all in awe at how dedicated and inspiring to our mission and people one can be. All the while she kept her sense of humor and priorities.
It is those key people like Cindy who make us a great community.

Raymond said...

I served under her when she was a LT at NCTAMS WESTPAC. The Captain was one of the finest officers I have known.
-- Ray Young
(formerly) CTA3 USN

Anonymous said...

Best female officer the NSG ever had.

Anonymous said...

I noticed all of the Captains left the Navy before Sean was selected for flag. The board did not have a hard voice to make with all of these people retired.

Andy said...

Anon from Sept 11.

You're right. Every one of those Captains retired. All Sean Filipowski had to do was stick around. Each one of those Captains would have given him a run for his money to be selected as Flag. Two women also. They should have remained on active duty longer for at least a look.

Anonymous said...

Cynthia Widick,
Chief of Office Operations
National Security Agency/Central Security Service, Threat Operations Center
Ms. Cynthia Widick, a member of the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service (DISES) and the Chief of Office of Operations within the NSA/CSS Threat Operations Center (NTOC),
leads a workforce of government civilians, military, and contractor personnel.
Ms. Widick was the primary architect of the NTOC Operations Transformation, an effort to
transform the current NTOC Operations Center to provision situational awareness to partners
throughout the Defense, Cyber, and Intelligence Communities. Prior to her current assignment, Ms. Widick served in the U.S. Navy as a Cryptologic/Information Warfare officer where she held a range of leadership positions, both stateside and overseas.
Ms. Widick retired from the U.S. Navy with the rank of Captain after 30 years of military service.