Arizona ARMY SECURITY AGENCY Association
We are an independent veterans' association dedicated to preserving the history, memories, and friendships derived from serving in the ASA, NSA, USAFSS, NSG, INSCOM and other military intelligence units. We are certified by the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) and the IRS as a 501(c)(19) organization. Please refer to our Constitution and Bylaws for additional information on our organization, membership requirements, and management.
A very brief history of the Army Security Agency (ASA) and our Association
While much of the lore of the Army Security Agency has been shrouded in secrecy, some military historians trace its roots as far back as 1917 to the U.S. Army Signal Corp of the First World War.
From 1929 to 1942, the organization was known as the Signal Intelligence Service (SIS) or the Signal Intelligence Section (OCSigO). From July 1942 to July 1943 it became known as the Signal Security Service, the field agency of the Signal Security Division, OCSigO and the Signal Security Agency from 1943 to 1945. On 15 September 1945, the Army Security Agency (ASA) was separated from the Signal Corps as a separate organization under control of the Assistant Chief of Staff, G-2 (Intelligence). For more historical information go to www.nasaa-home.org.
The Arizona ARMY SECURITY AGENCY Association originated from annual “picnics” held for a number of years in the Ft Huachuca area. More recently, these gatherings were arranged by Don Cairns of Sierra Vista and held in his backyard. The first state-wide ASA reunion was put together by Jack Waer, on the 25 September 1998 in Payson. Bob Bennet, Homer Dean, Ken Jones, Charles Ruge, and Dave Waldmann agreed to hold the next annual event in Sierra Vista, which was on held on 1-2 October 1999. No reunion was held in 2000.
Early in 2001, an ad hoc committee met and adopted the name Arizona Army Security Agency Association. At that meeting, Jim Nixon as president decided to hold the next reunion in Tucson on 24-26 August 2001. At a meeting following the 2001 reunion, it was decided that Charles Ferrell, the newly elected President, would develop a constitution and bylaws to be presented at the 2002 reunion. Since then the Association has held annual reunions throughout the state of Arizona. Our Constitution and Bylaws have been updated, we have developed a user-friendly website, and have become certified by the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) and the IRS as a not-for-profit 510(c)(19) military veterans' organization. Our annual reunions are now major events typically held in Tucson or Phoenix. We now have more than 150 Members -- mostly from Arizona,
but many from other states.