Or using just the list of words and Ruby 1.9:

  ansi = %w{Alpha Bravo Charlie Delta ...... Zulu}
  zippedhash = Hash[ansi.map{|x| x[0].downcase}.zip(ansi)]

@Adam Prescott, I think you're right about 1.8, which is why I
prefaced my response with "This works in 1.9 at least."  *chuckle*

Aaron out.