WINTER HARBOR— Vice Adm. Michael Rogers, tapped to head up the National Security Agency (NSA) and the U.S. Cyber Command, has fond memories of his two years on the Schoodic Peninsula.
Rogers, 54, was commanding officer at the Naval Security Group Activity in Winter Harbor from 1998 to 2000. His most recent post was as head of the Navy’s Fleet Cyber Command.
U.S. Senate confirmation hearings are expected to begin this month.
The chief medical officer at the time of Rogers’ tenure here, Dr. Ben Newman of Winter Harbor, was effusive in his praise of his former colleague.
“He is a fine family man,” Newman said. “He has two sons, one a recent Naval Academy graduate and the other in college, and a wife, Dana, who is the most unpretentious person you could ever know.”
“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.”
Rogers said he and his wife hope to return to Maine someday when he is ready to retire.
“I’m not there yet, but we love it,” he said. “We love it.”