Secret Service codename
The United States Secret Service uses code names for U.S. presidents, first ladies, and other prominent persons and locations. The use of such names was originally for security purposes and dates to a time when sensitive electronic communications were not routinely encrypted; today, the names simply serve for purposes of brevity, clarity, and tradition. The Secret Service does not choose these names, however. The White House Communications Agency assigns them. WHCA was originally created as the White House Signal Detachment under Franklin Roosevelt.
The WHCA, an agency of the White House Military Office, is headquartered at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling and consists of six staff elements and seven organizational units. WHCA also has supporting detachments in Washington, D.C. and various locations throughout the United States of America.
According to established protocol, good codewords are unambiguous words that can be easily pronounced and readily understood by those who transmit and receive voice messages by radio or telephone regardless of their native language. Traditionally, all family members' code names start with the same letter.
The codenames change over time for security purposes, but are often publicly known. For security, codenames are generally picked from a list of such 'good' words, but avoiding the use of common words which could likely be intended to mean their normal definitions.
- 1 Presidents of the United States and their families
- 2 Vice Presidents of the United States and their families
- 3 Political candidates and their spouses
- 4 Government officials
- 5 Congressional officials
- 6 Other individuals
- 7 Locations, objects, and places
- 8 In fiction
- 9 See also
- 10 References
Presidents of the United States and their families
- Harry S. Truman - General or Supervise
- Dwight Eisenhower - Scorecard or Providence
- John F. Kennedy - Lancer
- Lyndon Johnson - Volunteer
- Richard Nixon - Searchlight
- Gerald Ford - Passkey or Pass Key
- Jimmy Carter - Lock Master or Deacon
- Ronald Reagan - Rawhide
- George H. W. Bush - Timberwolf
- Bill Clinton - Eagle
- George W. Bush - Tumbler, later Trailblazer
- Barack Obama - Renegade
Vice Presidents of the United States and their families
- Spiro Agnew - Pathfinder
- Nelson Rockefeller - Sandstorm
- Walter Mondale - Cavalier or Dragon
- Dan Quayle - Scorecard or Supervisor
- Al Gore - Sundance or Sawhorse
- Dick Cheney - Angler
- Joe Biden - Celtic
Political candidates and their spouses
U.S. Secret Service codenames are often given to high-profile political candidates (such as Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates), and their respective families and spouses who are assigned U.S. Secret Service protection. These codenames often differ from those held if they are elected or those from prior periods if they held positions needing codenames.
- Jimmy Carter - Dasher (During Campaign)
- Bob Dole - Ramrod
- Morris Udall - Dashboard
- John B. Anderson - Miracle, Starburst or Stardust
- George H. W. Bush - Sheepskin (During 1980 Campaign) 
- Phil Crane - Swordfish
- Ted Kennedy - Sunburn
- Geraldine Ferraro - Duster
- John Glenn - Iron
- Jesse Jackson - Thunder
- Walter Mondale - Dragon
- Hillary Rodham Clinton - Evergreen
- John McCain - Phoenix
- Sarah Palin - Denali
- Mitt Romney - Javelin
- Rick Santorum - Petrus
- Newt Gingrich - T-Rex
- Paul Ryan - Bowhunter
- Kennedy Administration
- Rear Adm. George Burkley (Physician to the President) - Market
- General Chester Clifton - Watchman
- Andrew Hatcher - Winner
- Malcolm Kilduff - Warrior
- Evelyn Lincoln - Willow
- Godfrey McHugh - Wing
- Kenneth O'Donnell - Wand
- Captain Tazewell Shepard (Naval Aide) - Witness
- Lyndon Johnson Administration
- Nixon Administration
- Ollie Atkins (White House Photographer) - Hawkeye
- James Baker - Fencing Master or Foxtail
- Dwight Chapin - Watchdog
- Kenneth Reese Cole, Jr. - Spectator
- John Ehrlichman - Wisdom
- Tim Elbourne (White House Aide) - Snapshot
- Alexander Haig - Claw Hammer
- H. R. Haldeman - Welcome
- Lawrence Higby - Semaphore
- James D. Hughes - Red Barron
- Herbert G. Klein - Witness
- William Lukash (Physician_to_the_President) - Sawhorse
- Clark MacGregor - Whipcrack
- William Timmons - Windowpane
- Walter Tkach (Physician_to_the_President) - Signature
- Ronald H. Walker - Roadrunner
- Rose Mary Woods - Strawberry
- Ron Ziegler - Whale Boat
- Ford Administration
- Carter Administration
- Reagan Administration
- George W. Bush Administration
- Obama Administration
- Strom Thurmond - Footprint
- Howard Baker - Snapshot
- Thomas P. O'Neill - Flag Day
- United Kingdom
- United States
Locations, objects, and places
U.S. Secret Service codenames are not only given to people, they are often given to places, locations and even objects, such as aircraft like Air Force One, and vehicles such as the Presidential State Car.
- Joint Base Andrews - Acrobat or Andy 
- The Presidential Motorcade - Bamboo
- The Harry S Truman Building (Department of State headquarters) - Birds-eye
- Camp David - Cactus or Buckeye
- The Vice President's office - Cobweb
- The Vice President's staff - Pacemaker
- The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York City - Roadhouse
- Air Force One - Angel or Cowpuncher
- The U.S. Presidential State Car - Stagecoach
- Follow-up car - Halfback
- The White House - Castle (Crown referring to the Executive Mansion, the central representative and office spaces of the White House) 
- The Capitol - Punch bowl 
- The White House Situation Room - Cement Mixer 
- Eisenhower Executive Office Building (part of the White House Complex) - Central
- Washington Dulles International Airport - Curbside 
- The temporary residence of the President - Charcoal or Base 
- The Pentagon - Calico 
- White House garage - Carpet 
- J. Edgar Hoover Building (FBI Headquarters) - Cork 
- Lyndon Baines Johnson's ranch - Volcano 
In popular culture, the practice of assigning codenames is often used to provide additional verisimilitude in fictional works about the executive branch, or high-ranking governmental figures.
- President Wayne Palmer - Citadel
- President Allison Taylor - Liberty
- The American President
- Andrew Shepherd - Liberty
- Chasing Liberty
- First Daughter Anna Foster - Liberty.
- First Daughter
- Samantha Mackenzie - Lucky Charm
- First Kid
- In the Line of Fire
- The President - Traveler
- President Jon Tomarchio - Condor
- Olympus Has Fallen
- The White House - Olympus
- President's Son Connor - Sparkplug
- Special agent in charge - Big Top
- The Sentinel
- Tom Clancy's novels
- President Roger Durling in Debt of Honor - Jumper
- Unnamed President in Clear and Present Danger - Wrangler
- Unnamed President in Endwar - American Eagle
- President Jack Ryan in Debt of Honor and Executive Orders - Swordsman
- George Winston (Secretary of the Treasury) in Executive Orders - Trader
- Arnold Van Damm (White House Chief of Staff) in Executive Orders and The Bear and the Dragon - Carpenter
- Callie Weston (Chief Speechwriter) in Executive Orders and The Bear and the Dragon - Calliope
- Scott Adler (Secretary of State) in Executive Orders and The Bear and the Dragon - Eagle
- Benjamin Goodley (National Security Advisor) in Executive Orders - Cardsharp
- Elizabeth Eliot (National Security Advisor) in Sum of All Fears - Harpy
- The West Wing
- The Prodigal Daughter
- President Florentyna Kane - Baroness
- Vantage Point
- Henry Ashton - Eagle
- The Last Jihad
- President James MacPherson - Gambit
- Vice President Lewis Rhodes - Topeka
- Vice President Bill Oaks - Checkmate
- President - Flashlight
- Air Force One
- President James Marshall - Boy Scout
- House of Cards
- Frank Underwood - Little John
- President Fitzgerald Grant- Falcon
- President/Vice-President Selina Meyer- Duchess
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