Monday, October 1, 2012

Stray voltage on the net

At a recent Freedom Through Vigilance Association (FTVA) meeting at headquarters Air Force Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance, one of the Air Force briefers announced the closing of the Misawa Security Operations Center in Japan in 2014. Sad news for me from a nostalgic point of view. I began my cryptologic career at U.S. Naval Security Group Activity Misawa, Japan. I also met my wife there. Truly the end of a grand era if they follow through with these closure plans. I have not seen an announcement of any kind from the Navy but I hope some of that mission finds its way to U.S. Navy Information Operations Command Yokosuka, Japan.


MSOC Misawa said...

An integral part of the U.S. military's intelligence community, the Misawa Security Operations Center at Misawa Air Base, Japan, is tasked with ensuring U.S. and allied forces have the needed secure communications and command, control and communication countermeasure support to thwart enemy counterintelligence agencies.


The MSOC is composed of U.S. military members from each of its four service branches. Four U.S. military units at Misawa make up the MSOC: the 373d Intelligence Group, the Navy Information Operations Command Misawa, the 403rd Military Intelligence Detachment, and Sub-Unit 2 Company I Marine Support Battalion.

Each unit under the MSOC provides similar functions, including: rapid radio relay; secure communications; and command, control, communications and countermeasure support to U.S. and allied forces.

Unit members develop and apply techniques and material designed to ensure that friendly command and control communications are secure and protected from hostile countermeasures including interference, jamming and intrusion. They also advise U.S. and allied commanders concerning procedures and techniques, which could be used to counter enemy command and control communications.

Additional functions include: transmission security, research into electronic phenomena, direction-finding assistance to air-sea rescue and navigational aid.

Anonymous said...

Just remember the NSA mantra... the more job opportunities for Arundel county high grads, the better.

Robert Maguire said...

I spent a lot of great years in Missy. One of the best duty stations in NSG, bar none.

Anonymous said...

My first duty station as well. Married at Lake Towada! Great command, great people, great mission - wonderful overseas tour. Was there when KAL when down...very exciting times.

Anonymous said...

Do you think the Navy will continue to have an air presence out of Misawa? I'm confused because I have orders to go to Misawa in 2014. Does this just mean I will be ORMODED to another location for my air orders?

CWO4 Brian Ashpole, USN-Retired said...

For Anonymous at 9:40 PM:
If you are enlisted: Talk to your Chief.
If you are an Officer: Talk to your CO.
Then talk to the detailer.