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NGA highlights 247th Army birthday

The Army will celebrate its 247th birthday June 14. Since its founding, the Army pioneered the nation’s geospatial intelligence and for 26 years, NGA and the Army have partnered in shaping the GEOINT enterprise. 

That strong partnership continues today as Active, Reserve and National Guard Army soldiers serve as integral members of NGA’s workforce. These service members fill a wide range of mission and leadership responsibilities throughout the agency. Each brings their diverse background and skillsets to NGA to deliver world-class geospatial intelligence that provides a decisive advantage to policymakers, warfighters, intelligence professionals and first responders.

In addition to the Army personnel serving within NGA, NGA hosts the Army GEOINT Battalion as a tenant unit at its Springfield, Virginia, campus. Integrating this premier intelligence and security command unit further strengthens the partnership between the Army and NGA and enriches the GEOINT tradecraft.

Meet a few of our outstanding Army service members and their thoughts on the Army, NGA and GEOINT.

2nd Lt. Bryan Purcell was an imagery analyst for 11 years before he commissioned as a military intelligence officer in 2022. “What the Army and NGA have accomplished together is truly amazing. We are directly impacting the warfighter,” said Purcell.

Maj. Sloan Fisk, an Army engineer serving as an NGA enterprise management officer. He said GEOINT delivers a critical capability to Army intelligence producers and decision-makers that help to more effectively plan and execute the Army's Mission.

Staff Sgt. Jessica Renner is an imagery analyst and currently serves NGA as an intern in the GEOINT Career Advancement Program. “The work that we do is important and ensuring that we remain diligent in that work is crucial for future success,” emphasized Renner.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Marques Nelson, a GEOINT imagery technician within the AGB, emphasized the critical role that GEOINT plays in supporting the Army’s mission. “Without the ability to understand the geospatial conditions of the operational environment the Army would face significant challenges,” said Nelson.

Staff Sgt. Dvon Pringle is an imagery analyst assigned to NGA. Speaking about the Army’s primary role today, he stated, “I believe the Army’s primary role is the defense of our nation and allegiance to our allies.”

The Army’s partnership with NGA continues to reflect its commitment in mission excellence and its contributions to the highest levels of national intelligence. 

Happy 247th, Army!