Q: How did you hear about NGA?
A: My story is not that different from many folks coming from South Florida. I’m a Latino immigrant who graduated from Florida International University and was hired by NGA after an on-site interview.
Q: When did you become a NGA team member?
A: I joined NGA back in 2003 and began my career monitoring a traditional account focusing on foreign order of battle developments. Since then, NGA has provided me the opportunity to pursue my goals and impact national security at some of the highest levels. I’ve gotten to advocate for a groundbreaking NGA engagement with a non-traditional partner in the White House Situation Room and advise the director of national intelligence on engagements with our Commonwealth partners -- Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. I’ve deployed abroad and directly supported counternarcotic and counterterrorism operations. In my current role, I’m entrusted with the growth and development of a group of analysts as a branch chief.
Q: What made you decide to work for NGA?
A: One of the things about NGA that caught my eye was … a focus on the combination of technical skillsets with traditional intelligence mission. It wasn’t just writing intelligence reports, but also leveraging a technical skillset by exploiting imagery sources.
Q: What has been your favorite memory during your time at NGA?
A: Some of my fondest memories at NGA are those where I developed a close bond with colleagues. Whether working together in a deployed setting, brainstorming on how to help other analysts overcome a challenge or celebrating the completion of a significant accomplishment.