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Press Release | Sept. 13, 2012

NSA/CSS Inducts Four Cryptologic Heroes Into Cryptologic Hall of Honor

FORT MEADE, Md.  –  

Four heroes of American cryptology were inducted into the NSA/CSS Cryptologic Hall of Honor today at the National Cryptologic Museum. In her keynote remarks during the induction ceremony, Deborah A. Bonanni, Chief of Staff, National Security Agency, highlighted the distinguished achievements of each of the inductees:

  • Ms. Ann Caracristi: A talented cryptanalyst known as the 'go to' person for effective management of a primary intelligence target and had great influence on the development of cryptanalytic excellence.
  • Mr. Robert Drake: A cryptanalyst who had a reputation as one of the most effective managers in NSA's history and fostered innovations in information support critical to operations in Vietnam and in understanding a major Cold War target.
  • Mr. Ronald Hunt: A cryptanalytic innovator who expanded decryption capabilities and successfully diagnosed many difficult, thought-to-be intractable, cryptologic problems.
  • Ms. Juliana Mickwitz: An innovative linguist who was a prime advocate of new ways of exploiting language materials and developed highly-valuable intelligence information at a time when the U.S. lacked other sources.

The Cryptologic Hall of Honor (formerly "Hall of Honor") was created in 1999 to pay tribute to the pioneers and heroes who have made significant and enduring contributions to American cryptology. For more information on these cryptologic greats, click on the Hall of Honor tab at

The National Cryptologic Museum is located at the intersection of Maryland Route 32 and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway (I-295), adjacent to the headquarters of the National Security Agency. Hours of operation are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (except federal holidays), and 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month. For more information on the museum, tours, educational programs, and hours and days of operation, click on the National Cryptologic Museum tab at Admission and parking are free. You can also follow the National Cryptologic Museum on Facebook at