Richard V Allen

Military experience helped Bill Volenick forge long career in government intelligence

Ellicott City resident William "Bill" Volenick, 80, joined the military right out of college when the United States was engaged in the Korean War. He chose to go into the intelligence field and it sparked a career that spanned 35 years at the National Security Agency. Volenick talks about his time in the military, his work with the NSA and his life in retirement in this week's Top Five.

1. When you were growing up, you held jobs as a freelance photographer, an ambulance driver and an organist for a funeral home. How did you end up gettting into military intelligence?

I enlisted in the Army in 1952 after receiving a Bachelor of...