- White House Communications Agency
The White House Communications Agency (WHCA), originally known as the White House Signal Detachment (WHSD), was officially formed by the
United States War Departmenton 25 March 1942under President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The WHSD was created to provide normal and emergency communications requirements in support of the President of the United States. The WHSD provided mobile radio, teletype, telephoneand cryptographicaids in the White Houseand at Shangri-La, now known as Camp David. The mission of the WHSD was to provide premier communication systems that enables the President to lead the nation effectively.
1954, during the Eisenhower Administration, the WHSD was reorganized under the Office of the Chief Signal Officer, Army Signal Corpsas a Class II unit and renamed the White House Army Signal Agency (WHASA). In 1962 WHASA was discontinued by order of the United States Secretary of Defenseunder President John F. Kennedy. Its duties were transferred to the auspices of the Defense Communications Agencyunder the operational control of the White House Military Office, and reestablished as the White House Communications Agency.
WHCA has played a silent, but significant, role in many historical events: including
World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Panamaand Guatemala, Operation Just Cause, Operations Desert Shieldand Desert Storm, and Operation Restore Hopein Somalia. WHCA was also a key player in documenting the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the attempts on the lives of Presidents Gerald Fordand Ronald Reagan.
The Agency evolved over the past 60 years from a small team of 32 personnel working out of the basement of the White House to a thousand person self-supporting joint service command. Headquarters for WHCA is at
Naval Support Facility Anacostiaand consists of six staff elements and seven organizational units. WHCA also has supporting detachments in Washington, D.C.and various locations throughout the United States. WHCA is organized into functional areas each with its own mission in support of the total WHCA mission of Presidential support.
telecommunicationsand related support to the President, Vice President, White House Senior Staff, National Security Council, U.S. Secret Serviceand others as directed by the White House Military Office. This support includes non-secure voice, secure voice, record communications, audiovisualservices, automated data processingsupport and photographic and drafting services both in Washington, D.C. and worldwide.
* [http://www.whitehouse.gov/whmo/whca.html whitehouse.gov]
* [http://www.disa.mil/whca/index.html disa.mil]
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