Greece: NATO Infrastructure Committee Visit

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September 12th 1984
Published: July 31st 2011
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One of the perks of my new job was that every year we were guests of a different NATO country. The Infrastructure Committees that I was on received invitations from one or two countries each year to spend a week or so seeing not only the projects funded by the NATO Infrastructure Committees in those countries, but also some of the historic and cultural sights. Fortunately, our first trip was to G... Read Full Entry

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5th August 2018

Survey Section, SHAPE
Bob, There was a special comms area in HQ NATO/OTAN. These were reading files available to the promotable to Flag and General ranks and those already Flag/General rank. They were disguised in the phone book as Survey Section, SHAPE. When assigned to Fort Huachuca, Arizona I met someone who worked there. The only officers with access were either American or British. The other Allies were not entrusted with access. The office got phone calls asking to survey a parking lot or such and were told the office did not do that kind of work. LOL
6th August 2018

Survey Section
We had a similar section at the USDEL to the NATO Military Committee. Every day they would share the black book with the Ambassador, DCM, Defense Advisor and Deputy Defense Advisor...all flag level. Everything was Top Secret/SCI so I never saw anything as my clearance was only Top Secret/COSMIC for NATO.
6th August 2018

Survey Section, SHAPE
We can rest assured that NATO allies did not have access to TS/SCI. Perhaps the USDEL as a U.S. government entity did have access. The CINC in Panama, and all the CINCs, have an assigned POLAD, Political Advisor, that has the rank and standing of ambassador. I recall seeing teletypes from a high level in NATO that used the RW**** routing indicator. We received these but could not send teletypes to these RW**** routing indicators. I've never seen these routing indicators in the listings on the internet. This is strictly a communications mystery that would only interest those working in communications centers. There are many stories germane to operations and handling of messages that would only interest people with a similar background.
7th August 2018

As I wasn't a communicator...
I can't say anymore.

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