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Ralph Adams

Ralph Adams

Ralph Adams, a native of Nebraska, received his Bachelors degree from the University of Nebraska in 1961. He started his NSA career in the Operations Organization in 1965 after serving in the U.S. Army in Vietnam as a linguist. He returned to Vietnam as a language analyst for NSA. He received awards for his work from both NSA and the Army of the Republic of Vietnam. Over the next twenty years he held positions of increasing responsibility. He served, from 1985-1988, as the chief of Legislative Affairs. It was during this time (1986) that he received the Exceptional Civilian Service Award for demonstrating exceptional managerial and professional abilities that enabled him to raise productivity of his organization to unprecedented levels. He also received, in 1987, the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive. From there, Mr. Adams became chief of an operations analysis office and then the Deputy Director for Plans and Policy. In 1990, Ralph Adams became NSA's inspector general and the Cryptologic Advisor to the Commander-in-Chief, Pacific in 1995. Mr. Adams finished his career as the second highest ranking civilian at NSA, the Executive Director. He retired from NSA in 1996.


Historical Document | Date Posted: Jan 15, 2009