In God We Trust. All Others We Monitor. Ever Vigilant.

by Bill Golden

“In God we trust. All others we monitor.”
— the unofficial motto of the Army Security Agency (ASA), my Cold War alma mater.

On Sunday, July 18th, veterans of the 326th ASA Company (1981-1985), Augsburg, Germany held our annual reunion in the rolling hills of northern Virginia.

Army Security Agency (ASA)

Army Security Agency (ASA)

It was so very nice to see that time has been good to my comrades — with most remaining in service to their country within other agencies and organizations.

We told tall lies, drank cold beer and a wine called ‘the Tears of Gettysburg’. We toasted those that have departed us and cheered the many still with us.

The 326th ASA Company was an operational unit of the 307th ASA Battalion, Ludwigsburg, Germany (in which I served 1977-1979). Our unit was originally formed during World War II, and served in Korea and Vietnam before being reactivated for service in Germany during mid-1970s.

Our mission: “In God we trust. All others we monitor.” Can’t say much more or they will find me and bend my dog tags.

Electronic Firepower

307th ASA Unit Crest - "Electronic Firepower"

About our unit crest and insignia:

The eagles, known for swiftness, stamina, and keen vision, together with the key and electronic flashes symbolize eternal vigilance and security. All allude to the basic mission of the organization. In addition, the eagles’ heads, adapted from the civic arms of the cities of Frankfurt am Main and Ludwigsburg in Germany, refer to former stations of the battalion. The crest symbolizes unit awards received by elements of the battalion. The wreath of laurel refers to the eight Meritorious Unit Commendations (Army) for service in the Pacific during World War II, in Korea, and in Vietnam, and to the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm. The triangle and sun symbolize the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation.



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13 responses to “In God We Trust. All Others We Monitor. Ever Vigilant.

  1. Robert Davis

    Unless you served in an ASA unit prior to 1977, you served only in MI units with ASA designations. By 1977, ASA had ceased to exist and the elements rolled over into MI with INSCOM controlling the EAC units and the supported commands controlling the Echelon Corps and Below.

    I was in the 326th during its last days as a real ASA unit. I got to the 502nd and was assigned to the 326th the weekend of the Augsburger Fest in 1975. I spent the summer and fall of that year deployed to Schneeberg. My PSG was J.C. Cummings and all I remember about the PLDR of the 2nd EW Platoon was that as a SP4 05K in Viet Nam he had gained a name for himself by backing a Jeep trailer loaded with 55 gallon drums of human waste into a burning pit.

    I remember having to replace the 7th Army SSI on my left sleeve with that of VII Corps and replacing my 502nd ASA Group DUIs with those of the 307th ASA Bn. Luckily, CSM Strikleather, the last CSM of the ASA, had instructed me to replace the MACV SSI on my right sleeve with the LFCF just after the Change of Command ceremony for COL(P) James Freeze.

    The only way the 307th can lay claim to participation in WWII, Korea and Vietnam is through the 2 numbered ASA companies which were assigned to it under MI. The battalion, i.e. Headquarters, 307th ASA Battalion never left Germany.

    If you were in the 326th at Flak Kaserne, Augsburg, in 1981 you must have known SSG Tim Hendry, 98G3HCX. From 1981-83, I was with 1st OPS at FS Augsburg working LFV/LFPP.

  2. Nick

    Bob, did you make the trip out to Bad Steben with us in July of ’75?

    N. Salvador

  3. Reed Proctor

    I’m Reed Proctor, 98G4LRU in the 326th ASA Company, doing work at Gablingen 1976 until my ETS in 1978. My Wife, Sylvia Schorr Proctor, was a SP4/SP5 05H also working 6&2 rotating at Gablingen. SFC Mike McCormick, he of the deported cigars, was in charge of our group for technical issues. Sylvia and I went back to that area in 2007 for Christmas and found the Roller Coaster and also found the apartment in Herbertshofen where we lived. We couldn’t find any of the kasernes in Augsburg. Things had changed too much. We missed Vesuvio’s Pizza Restaurant in Augsburg.

  4. Gary Thomas

    Hi. Gary Thomas here. I was also a mudpacker, 98G4LRU. Was with the 326th from 1976-79. Had a great tour there, and would love to go back for a visit. Especially would like to find the Welser Kuche again. I worked with Stan Ford. Great times!

  5. John Austin

    John Austin here; I served in the 326th 77-78 as a 98G; I was a transfer from the 415th next door. I had a great time in the unit; the things I learned about myself during that period have stood me well over time.
    I spent a lot of time at Vesuvio’s, made two trips to the Welser Kuche, and drank a lot of bier at the Fests.
    Some of my best friends were Jesse Joy, Lisa Rae Dencoff, and my girlfriend Stacy Zay, who ended up going to Wobeck.
    I have a few pics from that period if anyone is interested. Let me know.

    • John, are you aware that there is a 326th ASA group on Facebook? Several folks from your time there include Rick Morgan and “Combat” Sue Clayton.

      While at Wobeck did you know Frank Kahala?

  6. Jack Buckhorn

    I joined the Commo Platoon of the 326th in November of 1975. Played on the basketball team with Ira Fortune, Andy and others. Was one of the dozen or so unit members who volunteered to go to Mount Meissner as MP’s in the spring of 1976, with Denny Phillips, James “Snake” Murphy, Lisa Ann White, Tracy Jarvis, Kay Kerr and several others. We took over from the previous cadre. 2nd Lt. William Doyle was our CO and Staff Sargent Al Brosnan was our site NCO, Sargent Dave Hazlett was the MP NCO. We were there when the unit changed from the ASA to MI and we became members of the 302nd ASA BN out of Frankfurt. There is a group on Facebook for the 302nd.

    I was in Commo long enough to have the ID-10T Kit joke pulled on me!

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  8. Sue Clayton

    Cool Blog Bill! As you reminded me we met during Reforger 77. Note to the guys that played Basketball, I played on the Girls team for Flak, Augsburg. We only had 5 team members, but dominated thanks to 2 others on the team. After beating all the Military Units in Europe we competed against all the other National teams on Nato’s side, and won the European Military Civilian Championships 2 years in a row!

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