what's new
  • Jan 2015. Happy New Year!
  • Virtually all the pictures (now around 680) are loaded.
  • The Project Manager (me) kindly extended the dealdline for the designer (me), content provider (me) to get everything finalized and to the Webmaster (me).
  • Now with tax season upon us (personal & for a company I work with) the new [still soft] deadline: Mar 1st -ish. Thanks for your patience.

This Web Site is primarily for members and their friends, relatives, and whoever else is interested of the United States Air Force's once highly secret voice intercept and processing mission in the early-mid 1960s. The mission continues today, and is still relatively secret, but the info they collect is TOP secret). While our mission was broad, this site was created by, and therefore focuses on, mostly the Chinese linguists ("dash twos" or MB's) who learned the basic language at Yale University's former Institute of Far Eastern Languages. But our mission was a collective effort of many people with many talents and skills, including other linguists, Morse code operators, signal intelligence folks, maintenance personnel, the "front-end" crew (that would be the pilot ("aircraft commander" & his gang), and, of course our support & admin folks, without whom, none of our efforts would have been possible.

Welcome to the home of what is but a brief glimpse into the relatively short life of the 6988th Security Squadron, Yokota Air Base, Japan, and the folks who served not just there, but in other USAFSS units throughout Asia

For those of you who are not familiar with the original United States Air Force Security Service (USAFSS), or any of its successor organizations, the mission of the Security Service (not to be confused with "security forces" or Air Police or other organizations responsible for keeping the order), was, in short, to gather intelligence. Yes, we were spies, or in the vernacular of the times: "Silent Warriors", a moniker we still wear with tremendous pride. The U.S. Armed Forces, in fact, have acted as the primary intelligence collection arms of the super secret (and oft contentious) National Security Agency (NSA) since 1952.

In short, USAFSS personnel, along with our then counterparts in the Army and Navy, collected, processed, analyzed and reported (primarily) communications intelligence (COMINT), electronics intelligence (ELINT), signal intelligence (SIGINT, basically ELINT and COMINT lumped together),  and, indirectly, communications security data (COMSEC) -- mostly because of our cryptographic clearances and association with the NSA.

The members of the 6988th were comprised mostly of Chinese, Russian and Korean linguists who flew (again, primarily) aboard the venerable C-130 aircraft (we flew in the C-130B-II* model). We monitored, intercepted and recorded our adversary's military radio transmissions. But we had SIGINT specialists and Morse Intercept Operators aboard, too, to add to our collection and on-board analysis efforts.

In the 6988th at Yokota, our flight crews were called "Bats", and the gray patch above was our crew patch which we proudly wore on the sleeve of our flight suits.

Please click on the "History" link for a bit more information, including a short history of USAFSS.

Thanks very much for stopping by!

* The model was later referred to as "RC-130B-II ... the "R" standing for reconnaissance. The "R" wasn't used initially to help disguise (some would say, not very successfully) our true mission.