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The following letter from the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation was forwarded to FTVA to be included in our newsletter and is provided for your information. We understand that similar letters have been sent to former Army and Navy cryptologic personnel as well. This program by a kindred organization appears to be a worthwhile project. 

If any of our members would like to become a member or obtain more information regarding the Cryptologic Museum Foundation, send an email cryptmf@aol.com, visit their web at www.nationalcryptologicmuseumfoundation.com, send a letter to P.O. Box 1682, Ft. George G. Meade, Md. 20755, or phone Sherry or Jan at 301-688-5916.  //Mike Feldblum

4 January 2001

Dear Colleague:

We invite you to become a member of the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation (NCMF) and help make the National Cryptologic Museum a world-class museum.

With the support of the more than 1600 members of the NCMF and the contributions of numerous corporate institutions, the museum continues to expand its collection of documents, books, and artifacts. The museum’s greatest challenge; however, lies in the future. Its physical plant must be expanded — and soon - if we are to exhibit more of the museum’s ever-growing cryptologic collection. Many items of interest remain in storage for lack of room for their display. The museum’s acquisition of new materials and artifacts will actually accelerate as the pace of declassification continues to increase.

NSA has already informed Congress that it is considering expanding the present museum or building a new facility. The NCMF would be expected to provide most of the funding. To support that effort the NCMF established a building fund on 1 November 2000.

By means of membership dues and other contributions and support activities, the NCMF is able to augment the limited operating funds that NSA is able to provide to the museum. One example of how the NCMF has served the museum was the establishment of the Hall of Honor over a year ago to memorialize "the greats" of American cryptology. The hall was dedicated in a ceremony presided by the then Director of NSA, Lt Gen Kenneth Minihan, USAF, and the undersigned. The NCMF funded the project. Among the first cryptologic heroes to be enshrined were William and Elizabeth Friedman and Ralph J. Canine, the Army Lieutenant General who was the first — Director of NSA.

The NCMF also assisted in the effort that culminated in the creation in 1998 of Vigilance Park which is dedicated to the men and women who flew aerial reconnaissance missions during the Cold War and features the display of an Air Force C-130 and an Army RU-21; the Vigilance Park is adjacent to the Museum.

We know that each year you are asked to support many worthwhile causes, but by joining the Foundation you will contribute to the memorializing of your own role and that of your colleagues in defense of our national security. It is a story that needs to be told and who can tell it better than your own National Cryptologic Museum?

Your membership dues are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. You may wish to visit our new web site at:

www.nationalcryptologicmuseumfoundation.com.

We hope you will join us.

 

Best Wishes for a Happy and Healthy

NewYear

John E. Morrison, Jr.Major General USAF (Ret.)President/Chairman of the Board

P.S. If you have not yet visited the museum please do so and bring your family. You will find your visit a delightful experience.

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