Language Expertise in Service to Our Country

Author: Maine Veterans' Homes
Posted: October 01, 2021
Category: Maine Veterans of the Month

Joyce Winn grew up on a farm in Maine, the youngest of six children. She was very close to her mother, Louise, and has fond memories of dancing when her father played his fiddle and harmonica. 

She enlisted in the Navy in 1975 in Portland, Maine, attending basic training in Pensacola, FL. After basic training, she was stationed in Rota, Spain, serving her country as a Cryptologic Technician. Known informally as “Crypto”, CTI’s are the Navy’s experts in linguistics and work to decipher information in languages other than English. They transcribe, translate, and interpret documents and communications, and most of their work is classified. One of the things Joyce most enjoyed about her military service was the opportunities to travel, a highlight for her being a stop on a remote island in the Atlantic Ocean once. 

A distinguished career and beloved Aunt 

After leaving military service in 1979, Joyce returned to Florida and worked for the Harris Corporation. She was one of the first women in that corporation to have a management position, working with government contracts. 

She returned to her home state of Maine several years ago to be closer to her sisters and many nieces and nephews. Joyce is an avid gardener, enjoys walking, and is always eager to visit with family and friends. She is particularly fond of walking the Eastern Trail with her Vet2Vet friend, who visits frequently. In the winter, she enjoys solving puzzles and resting up!