White House Communications Agency

White House Communications Agency A Joint Service Agency providing Information Services to the President, the Vice-President, and others as directed by the White House Military Office.

The White House Communications Agency (WHCA), originally known as the White House Signal Detachment (WHSD), was officially formed by the War Department on 25 March 1942 during the Roosevelt Administration. The detachment was activated under the Military District of Washington to provide normal and emergency communications requirements in support of the President of the United States. WHSD provided mobile radio, teletype, telephone, and cryptographic aids in the White House and at Shangri-La, now known as Camp David. In 1954, during the Eisenhower Administration, WHSD was reorganized under the Office of the Chief Signal Officer, Army Signal Corps as a Class II unit and renamed the White House Army Signal Agency (WHASA). In 1962 WHASA was discontinued by order of the Secretary of Defense under President John F. Kennedy, transferred to the auspices of the Defense Communications Agency under operational control of the White House Military Office, and reestablished as the White House Communications Agency. WHCA played silent, significant roles in many historical events to include World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Panama and Guatemala, Operation Just Cause, Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and Operation Restore Hope in Somalia. WHCA was also a key player in documenting the assassination of President Kennedy and the attempt on the lives of Presidents Ford and Reagan. The Agency evolved over the past 60 years from a small team of 32 personnel working out of the basement of the White House to a self-supporting joint service command. Headquarters for WHCA is at Anacostia Navy Yard. WHCA also has supporting detachments in Washington, D.C. and various locations throughout the United States. WHCA is organized into functional areas each with its own mission in support of the total WHCA mission of Presidential support.

Operating as usual

Today, I had the pleasure of meeting and listening to Sid Davis.  Once White House correspondent for Westinghouse Broadc...

Today, I had the pleasure of meeting and listening to Sid Davis. Once White House correspondent for Westinghouse Broadcasting Company, and later for NBC News, he was part of history. In November 1963, Mr. Davis was in the Dallas motorcade and heard the shots when President Kennedy was assassinated. He was one of only three pool reporters selected to cover the swearing in of President Johnson aboard Air Force One.

He offered a “thanks” to the men and women of WHCA for their professionalism through the years!

Mini-WHCA Reunion in Montgomery, AL.  Lt Col Mok, Maj Perez, 2Lt Osborne, MSgt Lester, me, and CW5 McCoy surrounding Ker...

Mini-WHCA Reunion in Montgomery, AL. Lt Col Mok, Maj Perez, 2Lt Osborne, MSgt Lester, me, and CW5 McCoy surrounding Kerchell Strong on her promotion day to SMSgt!


Congratulations to the below listed WHCA individual and team members on their selection as 2017 DISA Annual Award winners. Team WHCA continues to shine and we are extremely proud of their accomplishments.

1. DISA Super Star Award: SSG Tuck (VIC)

2. Field Grade Officer of the Year: CW4 Wilde (ESC)

3. Shore Sailor of the Year: CTM1 Purcell (J2)

4. Junior Enlisted Service Member of the Year: SGT Jacobson (VIC)

5. CSM Ray Lane Leadership Award: MSG Lampl (ENC)


Today WHCA hosted its 29th Annual Awards Ceremony, congratulations to all the 2017 nominees and award recipients. A huge thank you to MSG Richmond and the entire committee who put on this superbly executed ceremony.


The White House Communications Agency witnessed the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), render Plane Side Honors ...

The White House Communications Agency witnessed the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), render Plane Side Honors for our teammate, Sergeant First Class Ryan Kenner.

Soldiers assigned to the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), conduct a Plane Side Honors at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Va., March 14, 2018. Honors were rendered for Sgt. 1st Class Ryan Kenner who perished while serving on active duty. (U.S. Army photos by Spc. Gabriel Silva)


Congratulations to TSgt Christian (J1) on her continued advancement in the 2017 Force Support NCO of the Year competition. She has now won at the Air Force District of Washington level (a Major Command equivalent)! Next step for TSgt Christian ... the Air Force level!



WHCA success at WOCS: Congratulations Warrant Officer One Dillon (J4) on his placement on the Commandant's List during his Warrant Officer Candidate School at Fort Rucker, AL. He graduated with an impressive 94.278% GPA.

Army Strong!


WHCA success at Professional Military Education courses! Congratulations Sergeant Jobin (SMC) on his placement on the Commandant's List during his Advance Leader Course at Fort Gordon, GA. He graduated with a near perfect 99.96% GPA!

Army Strong, SGT Jobin!


Congratulations to our Army teammates, on their assignment selection into specific Battalion Commands and/or G6 Leadership positions. Outstanding news!

LTC Geronimo (J3)
7th Infantry Division G6,
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA

LTC McKenzie (ENC)
2nd Joint Communications Squadron
MacDill Air Force Base, FL

LTC Narvaes (J5)
86th Expeditionary Signal Battalion
Fort Bliss, TX

MAJ(P) Harrell (ENC)
509th Signal Battalion
Camp Ederle, Vicenza, Italy

Army Strong!


Congratulations to Sergeant Serrano-Gutierrez (J3), who was recently placed on the Commandant's List during his Advance Leader Course at Fort Jackson, SC. He graduated with an impressive 91.1% GPA.

#ArmyStrong, SGT Serrano-Gutierrez!


#WHCAStar! Congratulations to Capt Porter on his recent performance at Squadron Officer School (SOS), Maxwell Air Force Base, AL. Captain Porter graduated from SOS as a Distinguished Graduate (top 10%) and was named Lead Contributor. In addition, the SOS Commandant sent a personal note to the WHCA-Commander stating how impressed he was with Captain Porter's peer leadership, teamwork, and communication skills.

Well done, Capt Porter! Fly-Fight-Win!


Congratulations MSgt Smedley, on his selection as the DISA Nominee for the 2018 NAACP Roy Wilkins Renown Service Award Nominee. This award honors military members and Department of Defense (DOD) civilian employees who have supported the DOD mission or overseas contingency operations, or whose attributes epitomize the qualities and core values of their respective military service. MSgt Smedley will now compete at the AFDW-level competition and wish him continued success.



Congratulations Master Sergeant Doriott, on her selection as a Distinguished Graduate (DG) from the USAF Senior NCO Academy. DG designation is only awarded to the top 10% of the class ... thus a fantastic performance with her 278 fellow students.



Congratulations to MSgt Smith, on her selection as the Air Force District of Washington’s 2017 Outstanding Logistics Readiness SNCO of the Year nominee. MSgt Smith will now compete at the final level of competition at Headquarters United States Air Force.

Good luck … Fly-Fight-Win!


The White House Communications Agency provides global Information Services to the President, Vice President, Executive Office of the President and United States Secret Service, ensuring the ability of the White House to communicate anywhere, anytime, and by any means to anyone!


Congratulations to OUR Marine Security Forces NCOIC -- GySgt Bradley -- on his selection for promotion to First Sergeant on his first look. This is a tremendous accomplishment and demonstrates the extraordinary leadership skills of GySgt Bradley. We are extremely proud he is a member of our team and look forward to following his career.

Semper Fi!


Congratulations to OUR Chaplain -- Major Armstrong -- on his selection for promotion to Lieutenant Colonel in our United States Air Force. Big Air Force has endorsed what WHCA sees on a daily basis ... Chaplain Armstrong is a gifted and compassionate leader that is ready to assume greater responsibilities. We are extremely proud of him!

Provider of Spiritual Care, congratulations!


Congratulations to Captain Mikasa, on her selection for promotion to Major (O4) in our United States Army! Promotions are significant milestones in a career and this is a big one ... company grade to field grade. As we have witnessed -- and the Army has now endorsed -- CPT (P) Mikasa has the ability and trust to assume even greater responsibility. In addition, she was selected to attend Intermediate Level Education (ILE), Satellite Campus, of the Army Command and General Staff College. We are extremely proud of her.

Army Strong!


Congratulations to the below listed Airmen, from our WHCA J-3 Travel Operations, on their selection by the Air Force District of Washington as their Air Force Association Aerospace
Citation of Honor nominee. They will now compete at the Air Force-level competition!

SMSgt King MSgt Doriott
MSgt Doriott MSgt Smith
MSgt Torres TSgt McGaw
TSgt Moller TSgt Alessi
TSgt Balzer TSgt Bryant
TSgt Shirley SSgt Adams
SSgt Cooley SSgt George
SSgt Hamilton SSgt Holley
SSgt Hughes SSgt Kamb
SSgt Kim SSgt Schrotberger

Job extremely well done!


Congratulations to the below listed Airmen on their selection as DISA's 2017 Nominees for the Force Support and Logistics Readiness NCO and SNCO of the Year awards! These remarkable Airmen, representing DISA, will now compete at the AFDW-level competition.

Force Support SNCO: MSgt Etchison
Force Support NCO: TSgt Christian

Logistics Readiness SNCO: MSgt Smith
Logistics Readiness NCO: TSgt Lester



Happy New Year from all the Men and Women of the White House Communications Agency.


Congratulations, Staff Sergeant McFadden, on his selection as the John L. Levitow Award winner from his NCO Academy! The Levitow Award is the highest award for enlisted Professional Military Education in the Air Force and is presented to the student who demonstrates the most outstanding leadership and scholastic achievement. In addition, it is named after Sgt Levitow, the lowest ranked serviceman in the Air Force to receive the Medal of Honor, the United States military's highest honor.

What an accomplishment!

#thisMcfadden #levitowAirman


Congratulations to the below listed service members on their selection as OUR 4th Quarter 2017 quarterly award winners. Their selection is a big deal ... one that requires excellence at work, in the community, and through self-improvement. This is a tremendous accomplishment and we are extremely proud of them! These nominations will now go forward to DISA to compete at the next level. #4Q17stars

- Field Grade Officer: CW3 Engelhardt
- Company Grade Officer: Capt Feliciano
- Senior NCO: SFC Wischmeier
- Noncommissioned Officer: SGT Ballesteros
- Junior Enlisted Person: SPC Jacobson


Historic day ... FOUR of our own were selected for Battalion Command! Congratulations to the below noted officers ... these selections are great news for each officer, their families, and WHCA -- serving as testament to what we all know about these dynamic Soldiers and Leaders -- they are stars. Selection for these lists is an extremely tough cut in today's Army and marks these senior leaders as among the very best in the Army!

- LTC Geronimo -- Primary select for Battalion Command

- MAJ(P) Harrell -- Primary select for Battalion Command

- LTC McKenzie -- Primary select for Battalion Command

- LTC Narvaes -- Primary select for Battalion Command

Army Strong!


Congratulations to SGT McConnell on his selection as Distinguished Honor Graduate from his Advance Leader Course at Fort Gordon, GA. SGT McConnell graduated with an impressive GPA. A great end to 2017 and jump start for 2018 ... well done!

#starsoldier #ArmyStrong


Congratulations to the following officers on their selection as Air Force Squadron Director of Operations (DO) and/or Detachment Commanders for CY18. These are fantastic operational missions and are foundational to the Air Force mission -- they will lead our Airmen to operate, extend and defend the Air Force Information Network, defend key mission systems, and provide full spectrum capabilities for the Joint warfighter in, thru, and from cyberspace.

- Maj (S) Quinn
- Capt Feliciano
- Capt Stafford

Notable WHCA alumni – Lt Col Knotts to command in Texas, Lt Col Lee to command in Guam, and Maj Perez to command in Florida.

A great day for our Air Force! Fly-Fight-Win!


Congratulations to SMSgt Lewis for his selection for promotion to Chief Master Sergeant (E9)! Welcome to the Chief's Group! As we know, this is a tremendous accomplishment -- the top of the Air Force enlisted ladder -- that indicates CMSgt (Sel) Lewis has the leadership and willingness to assume even greater responsibility. Our Air Force got this one right and we are extremely proud him.

In addition, recently departed SMSgt Jones was also selected for promotion to Chief Master Sergeant.


Congratulations Petty Officer (CTM1) Purcell, on his selection as OUR 2017 WHCA Sailor of the Year! This Sailor does it all -- demonstrating "Sailorization" in action -- dynamic at work, excelling with his collateral duties, and active in the community. We wish Petty Officer Purcell the best of luck as he moves forward to represent Team WHCA at the DISA 2017 Shore Sailor of the Year competition.

"BZ" Shipmate!


Congratulations to the below listed United States Army Warrant Officers on their selection for promotion to CW3 and CW4. All promotions are important -- not only as milestones in their individual careers -- but also for Team WHCA, as these technical experts and dynamic leaders look to take on more responsibility ... and that is good, as these leaders are stellar! Well done on these most deserved promotions.

To CW4:
CW3 (P) Blair
CW3 (P) Arnold
CW3 (P) Palat
CW3 (P) Wilde

To CW3:
CW2 (P) Sherman
CW2 (P) Snow
CW2 (P) Dosch
CW2 (P) Roberts

Congratulations and Army Strong!


Congratulations Air Force Master Sergeant Bandish on earning the "Spirit of the Chief Award", while attending the Coast Guard's Chief Petty Officer Academy in Petaluma, CA. This award is voted solely by the members of the class -- for exemplifying the Coast Guard's core values of Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty -- and modeling what it means to be considered the "Chief's Chief."

Aim High AND Semper Paratus!


Congratulations Warrant Officer One Ysalgue, on his recent recognition as Honor Graduate from his Warrant Officer Candidate School at Fort Rucker, AL. He graduated with an impressive GPA ... Great to see this continued success!

Army Strong, Mr. Ysalgue!


Congratulations to SSG Chajon, on his selection for Warrant Officer Candidate School. Our warrant officers require a high degree of technical competence and leadership ... and our United States Army made another great choice. Quite an accomplishment!


Congratulations to our newest Navy Petty Officer First Class (E6) selects. As we know, selection for promotion is a significant milestone -- especially for these Sailors -- and is indicative of their ability to assume positions of greater leadership and responsibility.

- ETR1 (Select) Ayers
- IT1 (Select) Brown
- IT1 (Select) Price
- PO1 (Select) Garcia

BZ Shipmates!


More great news ... Congratulations to the below listed WHCA Airmen who were selected as DISA's 2017 General Jumper (for Excellence in Warfighting Integration) and Information Dominance Awards. These STAR Airmen will now compete at the Secretary of the Air Force-level competition and we wish them continued success. As a reminder, the Jumper Award recognizes individuals for sustained superior performance and outstanding contributions to the integration of Air Force Warfighting and/or operations support capabilities that shorten the kill chain and/or enhance the decision cycle. The Information Dominance Award recognizes Air Force military members for sustained superior performance while providing information dominance and cyberspace operations to Air Force and/or DoD missions and operations.

Jumper Award Winner:
General John P. Jumper Officer: Capt Quinn

Information Dominance Award Winners:
Cyberspace Outstanding Company Grade Officer: Capt Pham

General Edwin W. Rawlings Team Award:
18 Acres Tiger Team



Congratulations to SSG Haley on his selection to attend Officer Candidate School. This leader has been working toward this for a while ... really happy to see him achieve this major accomplishment, career milestone, and personal goal achieved! We are very proud of him and wish him luck as he attends OCS training and rejoins the Army as a 2LT.

Army Strong!


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