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NGA delivers supplies to Saratoga Elementary School
Left: Air Force senior airmen Lindsey Alexander (left) and Melissa Linder (right) unload school supplies at the Saratoga Elementary School campus; Center: Air Force senior airmen Lindsey Alexander (left) and Melissa Linder (middle) hand off supplies to school social worker Karen Spradlin (right); Right: (Left to Right) Karen Spradlin, Air Force senior airmen Melisa Linder and Lindsey Alexander, and Air Force Staff Sgt. Cesar Marrero bond over collecting supplies for children in need.​
By Brittany L. Reid, NGA Office of Corporate Communications

Members of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s Joint Enlisted Council delivered school supplies to Saratoga Elementary School in Springfield, Virginia, Aug. 20.

NGA held a back-to-school drive over the summer to collect school supplies for local elementary schools.

Air Force senior airmen Melissa Linder and Lindsey Alexander and Air Force Staff Sgt. Cesar Angel Marrero delivered supplies to Karen Spradlin, a social worker at Saratoga Elementary School.  

Families have needed assistance acquiring school supplies for their children, said Spradlin.

“Coming to school on the first day with the supplies that students need to succeed makes a world of difference in their confidence and readiness to start the new school year,” said Spradlin. “Community support is an integral part of educational success for students who face financial hardship at home.”

 “My mom, sister and grandmother are all teachers, so I know that every little bit helps,” said Marrero. “Education is very important and anything to help the students, teachers and administration is worthwhile and rewarding.”

While some items were delivered Aug. 20, the agency collected donations until Aug. 30.

 “The school supply drive helps students, parents and teachers get all the school supplies they need, even if parents cannot afford everything on their child’s supply list,” said Alexander.

This is the fourth year NGA has conducted the back-to-school supply drive. 


The Military Enlisted Council, a professional and social association for the NGA enlisted ranks, serves as an interface between the service members and helps to provide fellowship, knowledge sharing and an esprit de corps among the enlisted community.


To learn more about the Military Enlisted Council, reach out to Linder at

Photos by Brittany L. Reid, Office of Corporate Communications.

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