This AOC Chapter was originally chartered in the early 1970s as the "Prowler Roost Chapter" to provide a professional Electronic Warfare (EW) forum for the new EA-6B Prowler community. Since 1978 it has participated in every EW Symposium at NAS Whidbey Island and since 1986 has provided administrative support for registration and management of Symposium events.
Technology and tactics have expanded capabilities, roles, and impacts of EW. To recognize our shipmates at NAS Whidbey Island with related missions such as CPRW-10 with its very special VP and VQ platforms; Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Whidbey Island; Aviation EW School (AVEWS); Electronic Attack Weapons School (EAWS); and many others, our members voted to change the Chapter name officially to the "Whidbey Roost Chapter". We refer to ourselves as "Whidbey Roost Old Crows".
"The Association of Old Crows (AOC) is a not-for-profit international professional association with over 13,000 members and 200+ organizations engaged in the science and practice of Electronic Warfare (EW), Information Operations (IO), and related disciplines."
AOC has members in 47 countries with 65 chapters in 20 countries. AOC’s membership includes executives, scientists, engineers, managers, operators, educators, and military personnel. Founded in 1964, the AOC owns a headquarters building in Alexandria, Virginia, just outside Washington, DC.
The name “Old Crows” emerged from the first large-scale use of Electronic Warfare during the WWII Battle of Britain and the US and allied bombing raids over Europe. The Allied Radar Countermeasure operators used the code name “Ravens” and employed receivers and transmitters to monitor and jam threat frequencies. Military jargon later changed “Ravens” to “Crows.”