Welcome to the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation. The NCMF directly supports the National Cryptologic Museum (NCM), the first public museum in the U.S. Intelligence Community.

  • ...The nation’s brightest young minds to consider careers in STEM and cyber related fields

  • ...Robust dialog with the American public on cyber policy, technology, and privacy

  • ...Those who “served in silence” with valor and distinction, especially those who gave their lives in service

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Polish mathematicians & code breakers made the first breakthroughs against Nazi Germany's Enigma code.......

1971: Loss of Army UH-1 & its crew.

Monday, March 1, 2021
1971: Loss of Army UH-1 & its crew.

On March 1, 1971, a U.S. Army UH-1 Huey (LEFT BANK) helicopter was shot down near Dambe, Cambodia. All aboard the helicopter were killed. The mission crew, SP5 Gary David and SP4 Frank Sablan, both Radio Intercept Operators, were assigned to the 371st Radio Research Company. The flight crew, WO1 Paul Black and WO1 Robert Uhl, were from the 1st Cavalry Division. The 371st RRC's mission was to provide combat information to the division commander in pursuit of his war-fighting mission. They intercepted enemy radio transmissions and fixed the transmission location through triangulation. This was then reported to the division for combat action. The UH-1 was configured with radio direction finding equipment and was unarmed when it was shot down. (Photo from Army.mil)

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About Us

The NCMF directly supports the National Cryptologic Museum (NCM), the first public museum in the U.S. Intelligence Community. We think you will agree it is truly a "museum like no other."

Located adjacent to the National Security Agency (NSA) in Maryland, the NCM houses a priceless collection of artifacts that represent our Nation's history in code making and code breaking, as well as a world class library of cryptologic media. The NCMF acquires the best artifacts for the NCM and supports new educational and interactive exhibits.

The NCMF provides exceptional cryptologic programs throughout the year, encourages young minds to explore cryptology and innovation through valued awards, and hosts educational, cryptology-related exhibits at various community events.

As part of the Foundation's partnership with NSA to build the Cyber Center for Education and Innovation - Home of the National Cryptologic Museum (CCEI-NCM), the NCMF also serves as a leader in the field of cybersecurity - striving to provide the best in educational resources and programs.

The NCMF and NCM share a joint three-fold mission to Educate, Stimulate, and Commemorate. Learn more about our MISSION.