BACKGROUND: The NGAA was founded in 2011 for employees and retirees who have been associated with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and its predecessor organizations. Its purpose is to promote continued social interaction, pleasure, recreation, continuing education, and any other purpose of its Chapters and their members.
NGAA-East: (formerly the National Geospatial/Intelligence Alumni Association-NGIAA and the Defense Mapping and Charting Alumni) Association-DMCA) provides a way for current and retired DMA/NPIC/CIO/NIMA/NGA employees and affiliates (including contract personnel working in NGA facilities) to keep in contact and exchange information, ideas, and experiences. The legacy retirees' Association was established in 1980.
Currently, NGAA-East has over 575 active members several of whom who meet twice a year in the Washington area for a spring and fall luncheon, and an occasional out-of-town reunion. They also receive a newsletter which notifies members of alumni events, fun facts and milestones met by fellow members.
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAPTER PRESIDENT
To the NGAA-East Membership and Friends.
Greetings fellow alumni!
Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Irv Buck and I have the pleasure of serving as the president of NGA Alumni Association-East chapter for the next two years. I think I know many of you from our years working together at NGA and its predecessor organizations. I started at DMA in 1974 as a Cartographic Technician and retired in 2005 as NGA’s Deputy Military Executive. I look forward to rekindling old friendships and meeting those of you I may not have known personally during our careers at the agency.
The last two years have been a challenge for the Alumni Association, as like most activities in our lives, it has been seriously curtailed by the ongoing covid-19 pandemic. I miss the conviviality of the wine tastings and the happy hours as well as the informative meetings we held twice a year at NGA as much as I’m sure you do. Its hard to be socially distanced in what is primarily a social organization. That said, we’ve tried to carry on with our other missions by awarding even more chapter scholarships to worthy students and continuing to compile and celebrate our rich history while maintaining an informative newsletter.
As the pandemic starts to ease, we are actively planning to a return to “in-person” events, but we can’t say for certain when that will be. Our priority is the health and safety of you, our membership, so we won’t have any large gatherings until it is definitively safe to do so. To fill the void, we are looking for alternative events and activities that we can all enjoy together, even if only virtually. The chapter is in the process of acquiring several Zoom licenses and the board will meet soon to discuss how to best utilize that technology for the benefit of all the members. We really want to hear what you would like to see in the way of educational or social “virtual” events. Please let me know what your thoughts and desires are.
Finally, I’d like to acknowledge the dedication and hard work of our chapter officers and board members. During the past two years they have continued to do the thankless jobs of maintaining our membership roster, publishing our newsletter, and working behind the scenes to maintain the mission and momentum of the organization. I’d especially like to thank Barry Tilton, our past chapter president for his steady and unfailing leadership. As we emerge from the pandemic, the organization is in a great position to grow and continue its quest to celebrate the past, enjoy the present and ensure the future.
The NGAA Board of Directors' Annual Report is posted here (at a later date).
you will find links to our Spring 2020 Newsletter and information on our Scholarship Program (we are now accepting applications). Check them out.