Kittyhawk Chapter of Association of Old Crows

Kittyhawk Chapter of Association of Old Crows

The AOC is a non-profit tax-exempt professional association comprised of individuals engaged in the science of electronic defense/information warfare and related disciplines. The membership includes scientists, engineers, managers, operators, educators, and military personnel in all grades.

The AOC was organized in early 1964 to provide a forum for the exchange of information on the technical and operational aspects of defense electronics and related fields. It has since grown to over 70 chapters with more than 17,000 individual members in the U.S. and foreign countries-35% government/active duty military and 65% defense electronics industry. The AOC works for the advancement of the state of the art and the knowledge of defense electronics subjects with the full cooperation of the DoD and defense organizations of friendly nations by conducting technical symposia and other educational programs.

The name “Old Crows” emerged from the first large scale use of electronic warfare during World War II. U.S. and allied bombing raids over Europe were equipped with radio and radar receivers to monitor the enemy and transmitters to jam enemy frequencies. The receivers and transmitters were part of the Allied Radio Countermeasures efforts and were designed, produced, and used under the equipment’s common codeword “Raven”. Operators who flew on the mission were known as “Raven Operators”. Common jargon later changed the term “Raven” to “Crow”.

Locally, the Kittyhawk Chapter supports the mission of the National AOC and our members through:
•Sponsoring Kittyhawk AOC Week with three days of technical sessions.
•Providing scholarships and grants to promising, local students.
•Recognizing deserving members with local awards.