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.......

1981: USAF RC-135 lost, Shemya.

Monday, March 15, 2021
1981: USAF RC-135 lost, Shemya.

15 March 1981: USAF RC-135 lost, Shemya. Returning from a recon mission off Kamchatka, six aircrew members died in the crash landing of the Cobra Ball RC-135. Several Medals were awarded for bravery. A memorial to the six crew members of Cobra Ball 61-2664 who lost their lives in March 1981 when their aircraft crashed upon landing at Shemya Air Force Base, Alaska, is located outside the 45th Reconnaissance Squadron headquarters building in Nebraska. A memorial service was held in March 2011 on the 30th anniversary of the incident. Photo - Memorial Tribute Coin.

Learn more about the Cobra Ball RC-135 crash, survivors, and more via the link below.

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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.