In light of his own military experience, Mosquito believed that this would best be accomplished by teaching DevCorps software developers to navigate using a map and compass.
During the classroom portion of the day, Cadets warned that sometimes the true nature of land features cannot be captured on the topographical maps typically used during land navigation.
Army Lt. Col. Ray Kuderka, professor of military science for the Gateway Battalion, related a story of a Joint Special Operations Command mission in Afghanistan to take out an enemy encampment. According to Kuderka, the mission had been planned using all of the best maps, and technology available, but the mission was scrubbed due to an unforeseen treacherous landscape, which did not show up on available maps, or imagery.
“This story clearly illustrates why geospatial intel products from DevCorps, and NGA must be timely, relevant and accurate” said Mosquito.
When asked what the participants got out of engaging in an event like this, most answered that it helped them understand customer’s needs. DevCorps Tech Lead Billy Collins said that “through the exercise, and the stories, it helps me understand that what we do (at NGA and DevCorps) really matters.”
ROTC cadet, and Little Rock, Ark. native Sarah Xie stated that the opportunity to teach DevCorps members “is a great opportunity for (cadets) to practice giving a briefing, and for honing our own land navigation skills.”
Mosquito summarized the day saying, “this event continues to demonstrate how the NGA workforce can effectively [work with] local, state, and academic institutions, in order to promote teamwork and knowledge transfer in the furtherance of our geospatial mission.”