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.
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.
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.