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NSA/CSS Cryptologic Hall of Honor

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The making and breaking of codes and ciphers is a profession that demands intellect, patience, and imagination, while providing little recognition beyond the confines of the cryptologic community. That is why we participate in the NSA's efforts to honor those whose contributions to this discipline have been significant.

Members of the Foundation and its Officers and Board of Directors are well qualified to assess such contributions to cryptology, since they have long-term, intimate knowledge of the events and the people who have played significant roles in these events.

The Foundation makes nominations to the NSA Center for Cryptologic History of candidates for induction into the Cryptologic Hall of Honor. The Hall of Honor, exhibited in the NCM, was created in 1998 and pays tribute to Americans and others who have given especially distinguished service to the United States in cryptology and its related fields. The process is open to all individuals, military and civilian.

Call for Nominees

The Foundation invites your nominations for the NSA/CSS Cryptologic Hall of Honor. The nominee must have made significant contributions to the security of the United States in the field of cryptology either by one important achievement or contributions over a career. The nominee must be retired from active duty for a minimum of 10 years. The justification should be substantive and well written. You are encouraged to consult with others who worked closely with the nominee for input. Download the Hall of Honor Nomination Form.

Tips to Aid You in Preparing a Nomination

If you need some help in thinking of who to nominate, you might find it help to spend some time looking through the On this Date in History Cryptologic Calendar on this Web site. The calendar provides many memory joggers of past cryptologic events, as well as the names of many notables from the cryptologic community. Naturally the events listed in the Calendar are either unclassified or have been declassified. 

If you are a member of the Phoenix Society, the "Members Only" section of their Web site contains a database of active members, as well as one of those who are deceased. 

Many will recall the old NSA publication, The Cryptolog. Browsing through redacted versions available on the Cryptome Web site could very well result in ideas for candidates.

As part of NSA's 60 year anniversary celebration, NSA published a vast amount of information on the NSA Web site consisting of significant events, documents (also redacted), and photos covering the period from 1952 to 2012, as well as some information before the formation of NSA. When you do a search by name or subject on the NSA Web site you will get links to all information available on the individual or subject from not only the 60th anniversary but from all other postings on the site. 

Finally, contributions made by more recent deserving retirees might well remain highly classified. In this case, if you identify the individual, the NSA Center for Cryptologic History, which has access to at least some pertinent classified material, can research the contributions made by the individual, and if warranted, submit the individual for consideration. Some of the more recent inductees are featured below. Visit the NSA website to learn about the careers of all previous inductees.

Please download and use the Hall of Honor Nomination Form. Mail your nominations to NCMF, PO Box 1682, Ft. Meade, MD 20755 or send via E-mail to the NCMF (cryptmf@aol.com).

Although the submission deadline for 2018 was in March, you can submit a nominee at any time during the year and they will be considered during the next cycle.


2017 NSA/CSS Cryptologic Hall of Honor Inductees

On November 2, 2017, five cryptologic pioneers were inducted into the NSA/CSS Cryptologic Hall of Honor at the National Security Agency. ADM Michael S. Rogers, USN, Commander, U.S. Cyber Command, Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service, presided over the ceremony and highlighted the achievements of each of the distinguished inductees. Read the NSA press release.

The inductees are featured below. Click on their photos or names to learn more about their careers and accomplishments via their NSA Hall of Honor page.


2016 NSA/CSS Cryptologic Hall of Honor Inductees

In an official press release dated 18 October 2016, NSA announced that three cryptologic pioneers were inducted into the NSA/CSS Cryptologic Hall of Honor at the National Security Agency. ADM Michael S. Rogers, USN, Commander, U.S. Cyber Command, Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service, presided over the ceremony and highlighted the achievements of each of the distinguished inductees.

The inductees are noted below. Visit the NSA page regarding the 2016 inductees.


2015 NSA/CSS Cryptologic Hall of Honor Inductees

In an official press release dated 29 October 2015, NSA announced that five "cryptologic greats" were inducted into the NSA/CSS Cryptologic Hall of Honor today at the National Cryptologic Museum (NCM). ADM Michael S. Rogers, Commander, U.S. Cyber Command, Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service presided over the ceremony and highlighted the distinguished achievements of each of the inductees.

Visit the 2015 Cryptologic Hall of Honor page on the NSA site.

*** Click below on the individual's name or photo to read the full Hall of Honor entry on the NSA Web site.***


2014 NSA/CSS Cryptologic Hall of Honor Inductees

In an official press release dated 22 October 2014, the NSA announced that five "cryptologic greats" were inducted into the NSA/CSS Cryptologic Hall of Honor today at the National Cryptologic Museum (NCM). Visit the 2014 Cryptologic Hall of Honor page on the NSA site.

Rick Ledgett, Deputy Director of the National Security Agency, presided over the ceremony and NSA/CSS Director Admiral Michael S. Rogers joined the event by video conference to congratulate the families and friends of all inductees. Among the guests were the Polish Ambassador to the United States and other Polish officials. Members of Great Britain's intelligence and security organization, GCHQ, also attended. Deputy Director Ledgett highlighted the distinguished achievements of each of the inductees as follows:

*** Click below on the individual's name or photo to read the full Hall of Honor entry on the NSA Web site.***


2013 NSA/CSS Hall of Honor Inductees

NSA Cryptologic Hall of Honor Display at the National Cryptologic Museum

Three pioneers of American cryptology and a unique group of American citizens were inducted into the NSA/CSS Hall of Honor on 13 November 2013 at the National Cryptologic Museum. Inducted were: Ms. Vera Filby, Mr. Richard Proto, Mr. Washington Wong, and ALL of the Native American Code Talkers. View the July 2013 NSA press release. Click on the honoree's name or photo to visit their Hall of Honor page.

Additional Information about 2013 Honors & Awards

Additional Honors: on 20 November 2013, Congressional Gold Medals, the nation’s highest civilian honor, were awarded honoring the service of hundreds of overlooked code talkers from 33 tribes. Although most of those who served have passed away, Edmond Harjo, 96, a member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma who served as a radio man with the 195th Field Artillery Battalion in France, was in attendance as were many representatives of Native American Tribes.  

For more information on the contributions of these individuals or to see those inducted in prior years, visit the NSA/CSS Cryptologic Hall of Honor.

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