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2021 Call for Geospatial Intelligence Hall of Fame nominations

 Feb. 9, 2021

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Public Release Number: 21-207

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is accepting nominations through April 15 for individuals to be considered for induction into the 2021 class of the Geospatial Intelligence Hall of Fame.

The Geospatial Intelligence Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have made significant and transformative contributions to NGA, one of the NGA heritage organizations, or the GEOINT discipline.

Nominees should be U.S. persons and/or allied partners who have made significant contributions to NGA, one of the NGA heritage organizations, or the GEOINT discipline. Current federal employees or individuals in a related paid activity are not eligible to receive the Hall of Fame Award. If the nominee is a U.S. citizen, the nominee must have concluded their federal service or related paid activity at least two years before their nomination to the Hall of Fame.

If an individual/organization believes that a current contractor employee at NGA meets the single narrow exception to the general rule that contractors and their employees may not be granted recognition, then the nomination must be coordinated with the appropriate contracting officer's representative, the contracting officer, and the NGA Office of General Counsel to ensure that it does not adversely impact contract administration or ongoing business issues with the particular contractor, and the supporting reason for recognition must be clearly stated.

Selection Criteria

The contributions of those nominated should be clearly recognizable as having changed the direction and scope or increased the value of GEOINT for national decision makers, military commanders, or other NGA customers and partners. Nominees must meet at least one of the following selection criteria to be eligible:

  • Demonstrated significant accomplishments at NGA or one if its heritage organizations.
  • Demonstrated an accomplishment that transformed the GEOINT tradecraft or NGA operations.
  • Demonstrated a legacy of leadership that exemplifies NGA traditions and core values.
  • Performed a significant GEOINT contribution during a national security crisis.
  • Contributed to a technological or analytic innovation that provided greater geospatial understanding to the U.S. government.
  • Made a significant personal sacrifice in the accomplishment of the NGA mission.
  • Demonstrated significant support that greatly enhanced the NGA mission for individuals from other U.S. government entities, commercial vendors, or foreign governments.

Nomination Process

Hall of Fame nominations may be made by any current or former Department of Defense or intelligence community employee, member of the National System for Geospatial Intelligence, or member of the Allied System for GEOINT. All nominations will be considered by the Hall of Fame selection board.

The format for all nomination packages (template attached) shall be as follows:

  • Unclassified and limited to six pages
  • Double-spaced, Arial 12-point font
  • Submitted to

The package must include:

  • A one-page biographical essay providing general information about the nominee and current contact information. If the nominee had federal service, include name, title, and grade/rank at time of retirement/separation; date of retirement/separation from civilian or military service; and elements served and location.
  • A second narrative (between 3 to 5 pages) identifying the selection criteria the nominee meets and detailing the significance of those contributions.
  • A brief description (no more than 100 words) of the nominee and their accomplishments that will be used as the basis for award citation should the NGA director select the nominee for induction into the Geospatial Intelligence Hall of Fame.
  • As required, the submission of classified supporting information of no more than one double-spaced page of the six page maximum nomination package may be submitted to the NGA Office of Corporate Communications via email at

The Geospatial Intelligence Hall of Fame selection board will review all nomination packages, evaluate the merits of each package via open discussion, and submit a slate of suggested nominees to the NGA director. The director will render a final decision, and an announcement of the selection(s) will be made. A date for the 2021 annual induction ceremony has not been determined yet.  

For questions regarding the Hall of Fame, contact

Associated Document(s)

Hall of Fame 2021 Call for Nominations
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