Farewell to Morse Code Training at Huachuca
Posted: 20 May 2015 07:22 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Adapted from an article by Tanja Linton as posted on US Army Website

HUACHUCA Ariz. (April 27, 2015)—It is the end of an era on Fort Huachuca. The last manual Morse code class began here, April 24. In the future, the course will be taught by the Air Force on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas.

National Morse Code Day is celebrated on what would have been its founder’s 224th birthday. Samuel F. B. Morse dispatched the first telegraph message in Morse code, May 24, 1844. The message, “What Hath God Wrought?” was dispatched from the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., to Alfred Vail at a railroad station in Baltimore. The military first used Morse code during the Crimean War. Both the Union and Confederate armies heavily relied on Morse code during the Civil War. President Abraham Lincoln utilized it to receive military intelligence, as well as command “We train [for] Morse code because the adversary still uses Morse code,” said Germain, who, along with another course instructor, Air Force Tech. Sgt. Joshua Henrichs, are training two airmen to serve as Morse code instructors in Texas. Air Force TSgt Ryan Kilcrease agrees there is a continued need for Morse code training. “It remains the cheapest and most reliable means of communication.” SrA James Gosnell, also training to become a new instructor, learned Morse code on Fort Huachuca and upon completion of his training was assigned to Osan AFB, South Korea, for two years. He said the assignment was challenging. “It took me nearly two months to get up to speed learning to keep up with some of the fastest transmitters in the world,” he said.

The current Morse code course is self-paced and requires 81 days for completion. However, one student successfully completed it in a record 27 days. MSgt Adella Creque, superintendent, 316th Training Squadron, said a student has to master one segment before moving on to the next and may fail several times before advancing. In 2012, the Army stopped enrolling students in the Morse code course since it no longer has a requirement to train soldiers. A cooperative agreement between the Air Force and Army allowed the training to continue on Fort Huachuca until now. “I think [Morse code] will always be out there,” Germain said. “It’s cheap, easy, effective and reliable to use. There will always be a need for it.”


Glenn Miller - AA5PK
USAFSS/Rimbachvet Aug ‘72 - Jun ‘75

Posted: 21 May 2015 06:44 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Interesting that the AF is still teaching it.

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