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9. USAr Vint Hill Farms

Last modified: 24 Apr 2022, submitted by: Joker

Country: United States    Region: Virginia

Latitude: 38° 44' 52" N     Longitude: -78° 19' 41" E

Area use / Military Branches: Closed


38 44′ 52.8″ N, 77 40′ 19.2″ W Vint Hill Farms Station (VHFS).
Established during WW2 by the Army's Signals Intelligence Service. After the war, VHFS became the first field station of the Army Security Agency, a subordinate to the NSA. VHFSconducted SIGnals INTelligence ops and served as a training center for radio-intercept operators, cryptoanalysts and radio-repair technicians.

During the Cold War, VHFS intercepted key Soviet diplomatic and military comms sent over teleprinters. The Army Electronic Material Readiness Activity moved to VHFS in 1961 and managed signals intelligence and electronic warfare equipment and systems maintenance for the Army Security Agency and other signals intelligence and electronic warfare units worldwide.

In 1973, the VHFS's mission changed to research, development and support of intelligence and electronic warfare for the DoD.
In the late 1970s, VHFS was put on the military base closure list, and all maintenance and construction at the facility ceased. In 1981 however, the facility was removed from the closure!

In 1987 reassigned from Army Intelligence and Security Command to Communications-Electronics Command, supporting, developing and testing signal equipment and supporting the operations of agencies such as CIA and FBI.

1993 Base Realignment and Closure Commission recommended closure of VHFS. At the time there were 846 military, 1,356 civilian and 454 contractors based at the facility. Most were reassigned. VHFS closed 1997 and has been sold. Nowadays the site hosts some engineering and technology companies, as well as 2 Federal Aviation Administration air traffic control facilities.

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