The Association of Old Crows

April 22, 2014

A graduate of Texas A&M’s Maritime Academy, Lloyd LeCain retired from the United States Naval Reserve as a captain after more than 30 years of service. Currently the CEO of Executive Concepts, a Washington, DC-based military contractor specializing in construction outside the continental United States, Lloyd LeCain belongs to several professional organizations, including the U.S. Naval Institute, the Surface Navy Association, the Naval War College Foundation, and the Association of Old Crows (AOC).

Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014, the Association of Old Crows was formally established in Washington, DC, when the informal annual reunions of those who had served as electronic countermeasures (ECM) officers in the Strategic Air Command grew too large to be considered informal. During the Second World War, these officers, whose job was to disrupt enemy radar and other communications, were given the code name “Raven.” After the war, some of the Ravens operated a course in ECM at New Jersey’s McGuire Air Force Base, where the students rechristened them Crows.

The organizing meeting of the AOC, held in conjunction with the annual convention of the Air Force Association, attracted 360 Old Crows, who were members of the Army, Air Force, and Navy, as well as many others representing the industries and universities engaged in research and production of ECM equipment.

Although AOC’s name is whimsical, it carries a very serious mission critical to the national security of the United States. An association of professionals and others in the fields of information operations and electronic warfare, it promotes operations in these two areas as well as related applications of value to accomplish commercial, civilian, and military objectives. It remains especially sensitive to ongoing developments in the national security environment and keeps its members updated. It offers several professional development training courses as well as several technology conferences, usually produced jointly with the Department of Defense. Through regional chapters, the AOC also provides college scholarships to select undergraduates.


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