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NGA director receives Distinguished Public Service Award from U.S. Coast Guard


NGA Director Letitia A. Long received the U.S. Coast Guard Distinguished Public Service Award July 31 at U.S. Coast Guard headquarters in Washington D.C. The award was presented by Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger (left). Photo by Garcia Graves.

The U.S. Coast Guard awarded National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Director Letitia A. Long a Distinguished Public Service Award July 31 at Coast Guard headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The award is the highest public recognition that the commandant of the Coast Guard may award to civilians and described Long as a champion for delivering world-class geospatial intelligence, or GEOINT.

“During her tenure as Director of NGA, Ms. Long has proved instrumental to enhancing the delivery of GEOINT into the hands of Coast Guard intelligence analysts and operators,” said Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger, who read the citation and presented the award on behalf of Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft.

The award cited numerous examples of Long’s support to the Coast Guard’s mission, including providing geospatial intelligence for operations surrounding the Deep Water Horizon oil spill and Hurricane Sandy. 

“When Hurricane Sandy struck, NGA devised contingency tasking plans for pre- and post-hurricane imagery analysis in support of Coast Guard operations from North Carolina to Maine,” states the award citation.

During her visit, Long also toured the Coast Guard National Command Center, the Intelligence Coordination Center and the Cyber Security Command Center.