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Hooah! NGA celebrates Army’s 239th with ceremony featuring CYBERCOM commander, Old Guard

By Brooke Feichtl, NGA Office of Diversity and Equal Employment Opportunity Intern

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency celebrated the U.S. Army’s 239th birthday June 13 with a ceremony at its Springfield, Virginia, headquarters featuring guest speaker Lt. Gen. Edward C. Cardon.

Director Letitia A. Long opened the event by recognizing the Army’s legacy and noting that throughout history, the important aspects of the Army have remained the same.

“While the very nature of armed conflict has evolved greatly since that day in 1775, what has not changed is the spirit and values of the American soldier,” said Long.

Cardon is the current commander of U.S. Army Cyber Command and has been awarded many honors such as Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with five Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster.

In his speech, Cardon stressed the importance of geospatial intelligence information to the Army, detailing how mapping gives soldiers directions for travelling and displays where important borders are located.

Cardon also focused on how the need for geospatial mapping is increasing due to modern weapons and targets, making NGA even more important to future military operations.

"When you think about the imagery, the maps, the navigation, our increasing reliance on precision weapons and your [NGA's] impact on that and now cyber networks, I only see growth in this space," he said.

The Fife and Drum Corps of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, known as The Old Guard, performed patriotic favorites such as “Yankee Doodle” and “The Army Goes Rolling Along” while wearing colonial style dress, including white wigs and tri-corner hats.

Photo Credit: Tony Boone, NGA Office of Corporate Communications