September 20, 2012
The commander of Naval Informational Operations Command (NIOC) Sugar Grove, the parent command for the Navy-run signals intelligence (SIGINT) intercept site at Sugar Grove, West Vorginia, announced on Thursday that the station’s SIGINT mission will be phased out by the year 2016. Commander Bill Kramer, the station commander, told a local television station that “the National Security Agency does not need the services from that naval base anymore.” The phaseout of the station’s SIGINT mission means that the 187 US Navy sailors currently performing the SIGINT collection mission at Sugar Grove and their families will leave by the end of 2016. According to the television report, the future of the station after 2016 has not yet been determined by the Navy.
West Virginia’s congressional delegation has been tryig for the past several weeks to convince NSA to retain the SIGINT mission at Sugar Grove, but apparently the Agency no longer needs the satellite communications (SATCOM) intercept antennas that dot the landscape at Sugar Grove. Here is a current satellite view of the operations complex at Sugar Grove.
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