I wish to thank all of those dedicated White House Communications Agency people, of all branches of the military services, with whom it was my privilege to work and to know both as co-workers, and as life-long friends. I can not possibly thank you all by name without, inadvertently, missing some of you.
None of us traveled for the White House without taking, almost for granted, that the transportation and the equipment would be there for us -- the DCAU and DCOU teams who made that consistently happen were true warriors, many of whom were unknown to us, behind the scenes, and did not receive the limelight that the few of us on the Air Force One tarmac knew. My sincere thanks to all the "at-home" people who performed our trip support logistics so well.
The many WHCA-supported trips, to anywhere on the globe, for the various presidents, their family members, numerous political candidates and White House staff, could not have been completed successfully without the seamless cooperation extended by the many committed U.S. Secret Service professionals I encountered, without fail. To them, my grateful thanks for making our demanding, respective missions possible, "Difficult jobs, well done!"
As I compile this account, from one person’s perspective after the passage of many years, I want to acknowledge those of you who have made the effort to share your own details with me to make this work as accurate and complete as possible. Many of our experiences, as would be true in any top-secret national security organization, were restricted to us by "need-to-know" qualification and the geographic dispersion of our microwave tower locations. If my account seems lacking in some detail or another, it is not due to any intentional oversight; just probably, it is a lack of my exposure to the missing information.
Many thanks to all of the former WHCA people, the information and pictures from Glenn Laser and Tom Roemer, also from consultant Tim Tyler, who have been interested enough to help me fill in the blanks within our collective (and somewhat aging) memories. Many thanks, to Jim Rockwell for all of the photographs, which he contributed from his 2011 trip to Cannonball. I also thank Mike Stratton, a former Cactus M/W duty man who worked many weeks for me at Cannonball in the late 1960’s, for editing my document files into ’HTML’ format so they may be read as a single document using only an Internet browser. He contributed minor suggestions for wording changes by having the advantage of a "fresh pair of eyes" and some common WHCA experiences.
The Internet-available information has been a huge resource. It is an abbreviated list which follows to give credit to the main sources of pictures, historical accuracy and the magic of GOOGLE Earthview satellite coverage, without which, this would be a very dry and less complete account. In some cases, the source wording has been used verbatim where my own prose did not add the refinement of experience or add more clarity to the narrative.
In all cases, I want to point out there are many copyright restrictions to my claiming personal rights to any referenced web site content I have included. I neither imply, nor claim any ownership of the copyright material which I have freely duplicated for my non-commercial, private use. [JLC]
Primary Video References
· YouTube JFK Assassination: Return to Washington DC. The Ferdinand Magellan The Assassination of Robert Kennedy USA vs. Democracy Chicago Il 1968 1968 DNC: Nightmare in Chicago Riots at 1968 Democrat Convention Campaign 1968: A look back Air Force One Sam (26000) Inside AF1 (SAM 27000) at Reagan Library Abandoned Military Base Ft Richie MD Life and Times Presidential Helicopter (Army One ) Watergate Nixon in China 1972 Antiwar demonstrations at the Republican Convention 1972 Republican National Convention Nixon’s Final Trip on AF1
· Critical Past White House Army Signal Agency (WHASA LBJ Manila Summit Conference LBJ at the Rice Institute and surprise trip to Vietnam The Western White House The Western White House State Ceremony at San Clemente(arrival) State Ceremony at San Clemente(departure) La Casa Pacifica The Western White House on the Pacific Ocean The Western White House Admin building (WHCA) facilities at the Western White House Courtyard at the Western White House The Spirit of 1976 First Marine Division Welcome Back Arrival in China 1972 State Ceremony at San Clemente 1973 (Arrival) State Ceremony at San Clemente 1973 (Departure) Camp David Helicopter Pad State Visit at Camp David 1973
Primary Internet References
- Answers Answers.com
- ABC News Nixon and Kissinger at Florida White House 1972
- GOOGLE Books Earthview. The President is at Camp David The Bugging of the White House
- Epperson, Michael Ph.D. Nike Missile bases
- Cryptome Albert J Myer Communications Car
- Cross, John Spiro Agnew in Raleigh NC 1968 VP Humphrey in San Jose CA 1968 Curtis Le May Residence Bel Air CA 1968 Nixon Rally at Long Beach CA 1968 New Delhi India Taj Mahal 1970 Air Force One (26000) at El Toro MCAS 1970 Disneyland 1968 LeMasters Mercersburg and Greencastle PA 1967-1970 Christmas in CA 1971
- LaFrance, Albert coldwar-c4i.net. Early Presidential Emergency Facilities AT&T Project Office on Hearthstone Mountain The Echo-Fox AF1 Presidential Communications Network Mount Weather Special Facility
- Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon The University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs. Presidential recordings LBJ
- Rotenstein, David S., PhD The Undisclosed Location Disclosed: Continuity of Government Sites as Recent Past Resources. Fort Reno’s Cold War Era “Undisclosed Location”
- Bertorelli, Paul Hagerstown Morning Herald 1977
- Tyler, Tim D. Cannonball Survey 1998 The Red Phone The Moscow- Washington Hotline
- Boyer Gene T Inside the Presidents Helicopter
- Blogspot.com WHCA Comm. Center Report Kennedy Assassination About Camp David Underground Bomb Shelter at Camp David Raven Rock Mountain Complex
- JFK Library WHASA Photos The President’s Desk Phone
- Anderson, Jack and Simon, Bob The Bugging of the White House
- Wikipedia Free encyclopedia.
John L. Cross, 2011