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Women of DHS Then & Now: Celebrating National Women’s History Month: Long before the Department opened its doors in 2003, women were carrying out the mission to ensure a safe and secure America. In World War II, Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service), operated banks of cryptanalysis machines, also known as bombes, to decipher German code in what are now the halls of DHS headquarters.

Ida Lewis served in the U.S. Lighthouse Service, one of the Coast Guard’s predecessors. In 1881, she was officially credited with saving 18 lives during her 39 years at Lime Rock Light Station in Newport, Rhode Island and was awarded the Gold Lifesaving Medal.

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Women of DHS Then & Now: Celebrating National Women’s History Month: Long before the Department opened its doors in 2003, women were carrying out the mission to ensure a safe and secure America. In World War II, Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service), operated banks of cryptanalysis machines, also known as bombes, to decipher German code in what are now the halls of DHS headquarters. Ida Lewis served in the U.S. Lighthouse Service, one of the Coast Guard’s predecessors. In 1881, she was officially credited with saving 18 lives during her 39 years at Lime Rock Light Station in Newport, Rhode Island and was awarded the Gold Lifesaving Medal.Women of DHS Then & Now: Celebrating National Women’s History Month: Long before the Department opened its doors in 2003, women were carrying out the mission to ensure a safe and secure America. In World War II, Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service), operated banks of cryptanalysis machines, also known as bombes, to decipher German code in what are now the halls of DHS headquarters.  Ida Lewis served in the U.S. Lighthouse Service, one of the Coast Guard’s predecessors. In 1881, she was officially credited with saving 18 lives during her 39 years at Lime Rock Light Station in Newport, Rhode Island and was awarded the Gold Lifesaving Medal.