NAVSECGRU Naval Security Group Activity Skaggs Island, CA

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Skaggs Island, CA
Naval Security Group Activity

The Naval Security Group Activity Skaggs Island performed cryptologic functions in accordance with operational and technical guidance and instructions from the CNO, CINCPACFLT, DIRNSA, and CONMAVSECGRU. These include instructional activities of the BULLSEYE Net Control System (NCS) school. NSGA Skaggs Island was also a node in the TACINTEL subsystem used for transmission of special-intelligence communications. TACINTEL is a computerized message processing installation that makes it possible to transmit and receive message traffic via satellite in a controlled environment. Skaggs Island, off Route 37 in Sonoma County, has been voluntarily phased out by the Navy.

The TACINTEL subsystem at the facility is used for transmission of special-intelligence communications. The subsystem is essentially a computerized message processing installation that makes it possible to transmit and receive message traffic via satellite in a controlled environment.

Skaggs Island is a drained area of San Pablo Bay tidelands approximately twenty-five miles northeast of San Francisco. The Navy developed the northern sixty acres of Skaggs Island as a self sufficient communications base with it's own domestic water and sewer systems. Facilities include over one hundred thousand square feet of office and classroom space, eighty duplex family residential units, a dormitory and food service facilities, and several dozen maintenance or recreation structures. In response to the closure of Skaggs Island a consortium of public and private environmental, educational, and cultural institutions formed the non-profit Skaggs Island Foundation to plan the reuse of Skaggs Island and to serve as the lead agency in the acquisition and management of Skaggs Island for public use. The model for this foundation is the Ft. Mason Foundation which manages the facilities at Ft. Mason in San Francisco.

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