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Edward Jolly

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Mr. Edward Jolly, Jr, CMSgt, retired, 75, of the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency, A6, holds a Spokesman magazine showing an article depicting Jolly's 50 years of service, both military and civilian.  The AF ISR Agency/A6 Conference Room now bears his name.

Mr. Edward Jolly, Jr, CMSgt, retired, 75, of the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency, A6, holds a Spokesman magazine showing an article depicting Jolly's 50 years of service, both military and civilian. The AF ISR Agency/A6 Conference Room now bears his name.

CMSgt (ret) Edward Jolly, Jr, peers through the plexiglass case at a WWII vintage SIGABA decoding machine in the AF ISR Agency Heritage Museum.  Jolly used a machine like this during his early years as cryptographic operator for the USAF Seurity Service in the 1950s.

CMSgt (ret) Edward Jolly, Jr, peers through the plexiglass case at a WWII vintage SIGABA decoding machine in the AF ISR Agency Heritage Museum. Jolly used a machine like this during his early years as cryptographic operator for the USAF Seurity Service in the 1950s.

Chief Master Sergeant (Ret.) Edward Jolly is a 30 year Air Force veteran who served as a Cryptographic Specialist during the Vietnam War. He enlisted in 1954 and retired in 1984.  Jolly encoded messages using the encryption and decryption machine, SIGABA (Air Force designation was GORGON), the vintage cryptographic workhorse of the time.  The Electronic Cipher Machine (ECM) Mark II/SIGABA was an electromechanical, rotor-based cipher machine that used rotating, wired, removable and interchangeable rotor wheels.  During World War II, the Germans were never able to break SIGABA codes and the Japanese simply gave up, due to their complicated, seemingly random nature of the stepping.  The SIGABA codes were never broken during their service lifetime and no machines were ever captured by the enemy.

Mr. Edward Jolly is currently assigned to the Air Force Intelligence, Reconnaissance, and Surveillance Agency, A6 Directorate, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.