Then-Vice Adm. Mike Rogers, now admiral and director of the National Security Agency, delivers the keynote address at a Schoodic Institute Veterans’ Day celebration in 2012. Rogers served as commanding officer of the navy base in Winter Harbor from 1998-2000. PHOTO COURTESY OF LARRY PETERSON

NSA chief was Schoodic Commander

Before he became one of the nation’s top intelligence officials, National Security Agency Director Adm. Michael Rogers was stationed for two years on the Schoodic Peninsula in what is now part of Acadia National Park.

Rogers, 56, has fond memories of his time as commanding officer at the Naval Security Group Activity in Winter Harbor from 1998 to 2000.

He was tapped by the Obama administration in 2014 to succeed Gen. Keith B. Alexander at the NSA. He also serves as commander of the U.S. Cyber Command; his appointment to that post was unanimously confirmed by the Senate.

Dr. Ben Newman of Winter Harbor, the chief medical officer at the time of Rogers’ tenure here, was effusive in his praise of his former colleague.

“He has extremely high standards and holds his command to extremely high standards. This guy is the perfect individual for any job, let alone the most sensitive job in the military.”

Newman said Rogers has a phenomenal work ethic and would arrive at his desk at 5 a.m. six days a week and remain there until 9 p.m.

He said Rogers cared about all of the 650 military and civilian employees at the base and made a point to know everyone.

“He knew literally every man’s name,” Newman said. “He knew their wives’ names. He knew their animals’ names. He knew what movies they liked. He cared about that stuff.”

The family lived in the Rockefeller Building at what is now the Schoodic Education and Research Center campus.

“I can still remember driving down the park road to get there and thinking how beautiful is this place,” Rogers recalled.

Rogers said he and his wife hope to return someday when he is ready to retire.

“I’m not there yet, but we love it,” he said. “We love it.”

Jacqueline Weaver

Jacqueline Weaver

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
Jacqueline's beat covers the eastern Hancock County towns of Lamoine through Gouldsboro as well as Steuben in Washington County. She was a reporter for the New York Times, United Press International and Reuters before moving to Maine. She also publicized medical research at Yale School of Medicine and scientific findings at Yale University for nine years.[email protected]

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