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Oral history interview of Mr. David McCaffrey. Interview conducted by Daniela Aguirre at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida on 10/02/2019. Interview topics include, Birth and Family; Parents’ Occupation; Military Family Members; Boot Camp Experience; Cryptology Training after Boot Camp; Becoming a Cryptologist; Personal and Family Reactions to Cryptology; Assignment in Rota, Spain as ARFCOS; Promotion to SSO; Being an SSO CT in the Navy; CT versus rest of the Navy; Perks of being an EMT CT; Leave during service; Spanish Language Training; Assignment in Galeta, Panama; Conflict and Security Issues in Panama; Driving the Commander in Panama; Volunteering in the Navy; Reenlisting as CT and SRB; Assignment to NATO in London, England; Promotion to Senior Rank; Meeting the Admiral and Awards; Working at the US Embassy in London; Working at the Underground NATO Headquarters; Cancelled Assignment to Australia; Return to the US; Assignment with the DIA; Deployment to the Middle East; Assignment to Joint Chiefs of Staff Briefing Team; Creation of DIN; News Anchor; Assignment as Aid to Director of DIA; Seeking Promotion; Assignment on USS Independence; Position as Battle Group SSO; Awards; Assignment to Chief of Naval Operations N2 Special Projects; Assignment to Office of Naval Intelligence; Assignment to Chief of Naval Operations Admiral’s Staff; Member of NMIST; First Flight with NMIST; Decision to leave service; Open FBI Position; Director of Security for Defense Company in Arlington; Defense Contract Position; Working at the Pentagon; Anthrax Attacks; Dealing with Security Problem at CDC; Director of Corporate Security of Defense Company in Massachusetts; Guest Speaker and Advisor; Starting Company; Damaged Hearing; Retirement and Return to Hometown; Present Occupations/Activities; Memory Loss; Final Message; Conclusion.

Date of Birth



Video; MovingImage


Aguirre, Daniela

Interview Date

Fall 10-2-2019

Location of Interview

Trevor Colbourn Hall via Skype

Collection Description

Contains logs, audio and video recordings of interviews with Central Florida's veterans as part of a history class project for the students at the University of Central Florida (UCF). The UCF Community Veterans History Project(CVHP) started in fall 2010. It collects, preserves, and makes accessible to the public the experiences of Central Florida's veterans so that future generations will better understand the realities of conflict. It is a collaborative endeavor supported by multiple departments and offices at UCF. The veterans' histories are archived and made digitally available through the UCF library and selected materials are contributed to the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress.

Contributor Affiliation / Organization

RICHES University of Central Florida

Length of Interview



Department of History, University of Central Florida




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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections & University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type