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I Am NGA: U.S. Army Staff Sergeant D’Andrae Pruitt

By NGA Office of Corporate Communications
Pathfinder Magazine
Dec. 11, 2014

U.S. Army Staff Sergeant D’Andrae Pruitt supervises the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s high-visibility Multimedia Message Manager, and is integral to the NGA joint service color guard, responsible for training and recruiting members from across the agency.

Pruitt, from Montgomery, Alabama, pioneered the latest version of M3 software and ensures the application is continuously discoverable and accessible for intelligence reporting across the intelligence community, said Sgt. Maj. Bruce Mersereau, the senior Army enlisted leader.

The M3 system has been adopted by several IC agencies, organizations, and mission partners as the preferred means to discover targeted and relevant information based on user-defined criteria, said Mersereau.

“NGA’s version of this messaging system software has become a key tool benefiting analysts with access to over 50 million intelligence reports dating from 1985 and tens of thousands of products received each day,” said Mersereau. “Staff Sgt. Pruitt worked tirelessly with the M3 developer and groups within NGA to implement access to the M3 content via (public key infrastructure) certificates, which wasn’t an easy accomplishment.”

The M3 is NGA’s corporate repository for discovery of and access to intelligence reporting, said Pruitt.

It also enables production of intelligence products or cable messages for dissemination to any organization worldwide, allied mission partners, or units in every theater of operation.

An application called the “M3 Widget” is scheduled to be available IC-wide in the Ozone Widget Marketplace in the fall, said Pruitt. This will allow non-NGA users to access classified NGA products quickly, said Pruitt. This new capability puts the discovery of relevant intelligence reporting directly in the hands of users or analysts.

There is never much of a lull for Pruitt, he said. He coordinates color guard rehearsals and ceremonies and ensures all requests for them are scheduled and executed in a professional manner. Pruitt also serves as treasurer for the NGA Junior Enlisted Council.

“His outstanding military appearance and professionalism set an incredible example for junior service members, said NGA’s senior service advisor, Rachel Ziegler.

“NGA is a truly unique assignment,” said Pruitt. “I feel fortunate for this experience. It has been rewarding to know I have a significant role in the receipt, delivery and production of NGA intelligence reports and products that affect agencies across the IC and people around the world.”