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ASA Intro


Ron was a member of the United States Army Security Agency (ASA) from June of 1963 to May 1967. The Army Security Agency (ASA) was a Special Warfare unit that operated as a pipeline command taking it’s orders directly from the JCS and from cabinet level officers. The ASA was activated in September 1945 and served through December 1976 when it’s assets were merged with those of the US Army Intelligence Agency to form the  US Army Intelligence and Security Command.

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Ron was in ASA Intel training at Ft. Devens MA and other sites for 9 months from June 1963 through March 1964. 

He served in Sinop Turkey  March 1964 through April, 1965

He served in Vietnam from May, 1965 through his return to the "States" in late May 1967 

 Part of his time in Vietnam was an assignment to the ASA TAREX program (TARget EXploitation) where he was involved with the acquisition, analysis and use of enemy equipment, codes and communications. TAREX frequently worked closely with Special Forces as well as  other Special Warfare Units units and field units.

Want to know about TAREX? Check these links since very few folks outside of the intelligence community have every heard of TAREX.  (Click Here)

All missions of the ASA were highly classified. More information is available in the "Vietnam Order of Battle" by Shelby L. Stanton p.p. 233

January 7, 2010Karen Hood