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Freedom Through Vigilance: Volume 1: USAFSS HQ History and Women in USAFSS

Larry Tart (Author)

ISBN: 0-7414-6013-0 ©2010
Price: $23.95
Book Size: 5.5'' x 8.5'' , 565 pages
Category/Subject: HISTORY / Military / Aviation

Freedom Through Vigilance is the heretofore untold in-depth history of Air Force Security Service—smallest, most hush-hush command in the Air Force (1948-1979). Written by a USAFSS veteran (21 years).

Freedom Through Vigilance is the heretofore untold in-depth history of Air Force Security Service—the smallest, most hush-hush command in the Air Force (1948-1979). The book is dedicated to the tens of thousands of USAFSS silent warriors, who worked in anonymity around-the-clock at some 100 mostly isolated overseas outposts, exploiting targeted military communications during the Cold War. Consisting of 1,600+ pages (three volumes), Freedom Through Vigilance includes hundreds of first hand accounts from all ranks (generals to airmen) involved in creating USAFSS history. Males and females—intercept operators, linguists, cryptologists, analysts, communicators, clerks, maintenance technicians and commanders—describe their personal involvement.

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Customer Reviews

  Great!!!! , 10/25/2010
Reviewer: Joseph
Cannot wait until VOLs II-IV are published. Larry has done what most of us Silent Warrirors have always wanted to do--to tell the story of a great organization, and the people, men and women, who have made it great. A must read...And also a MUST READ-- "The Price of Vigilance," a story of great men who gave their lives for freedom. As a long timer with USAFSS, I cannot do what Larry has done--he has kept the flame of freedom bright.

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  Good book , 10/26/2010
Reviewer: Burton Knotts
I have finished reading your Volume 1, and I want to praise you for gathering so very much information to go into this book. The amount of material covered is massive, you must have had a room in your home (or on you computer hard drive) filled with information from interviews, records, etc. All of which you have organized into one well-composed, easy-to-read, book. I can't say enough about how impressed I am!!! I liked the little additions to the histories, such as your trip to Russia, too; and the data you collected about the women in the USAFSS was something that needed to be written--they are generally neglected in history books. I liked the photos such as the Hammarlund SP-600 which I used in radio schools, in Japan and in Korea. I remember while I was in Japan the technicians installed Collins 51-J in place of one of my two Hammarlunds. I did not like it as well, as I got better reception on the Hammarlund using the same antenna. I took the Hammarlunds to Korea with me. I remembered the intercept classes at Brooks where I was assigned as a teacher after I returned from Korea when I saw that photo. Again, the book is very informative, and easy for the reader to return to a desired article. I can't wait to read the other three.

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