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.

The Association was created by the merger in July 2011 of two geographically-based (East and West) organizations with a long history as retiree-oriented groups. The merger took the form of the consolidation of the two groups as chapters, respectively NGAA-West and NGAA-East.

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 535 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.



To the NGAA-East Membership and Friends. 

Before I begin my welcome (which I had written originally in early March for this issue…) let me extend (both personally and on behalf of the entire Association) our thoughts go out to all impacted by the COVID-19 situation.  As is true of most other organizations, the activities we normally plan for Spring are in limbo at the moment.  Please do look for updates from Ange or me concerning the re-set for individual events.  We will get back to “normal” as soon as the circumstances dictate.  Now – onto my planned message…

For those of you I haven’t met (there are still many…) permit me to introduce myself.  I am Barry Tilton, the 2020-21 President of our Chapter. The East Chapter has been very active, and continues to support well, the dual functions of providing a professional communications conduit to those of us who supported NGA and its many (and diverse) predecessors, as well as providing a social outlet for our engagement. I would like to thank Joe Steel for his two years of wise leadership of our area, and wish him all of the best as he assumes the greater role as head of the NGAA Board of Directors (parent organization to the NGAA-East and -West). 

This organization would not function without the consistent support of our Staff Director, Ange Meoli and the members of the Executive Board.  I also would like to acknowledge the special contributions of Jack Hild over the last two years as he has brought an opportunity to include the broader international GEOINT community into our association with the addition of the newly approved NGAA-E International.  We will be welcoming members of the ASG and GEOINTers from many parts of Europe into the fold.  This is exciting, as much of our tradecraft evolved though international cooperation from the outset.  

Finally, I encourage those of you who are members to attend some of our many gatherings throughout the year once we get back to having them.  Besides our two formal meetings in Spring and Fall, we have planned tours of key historical facilities, wineries and other locations to educate and entertain.  

I wish all of you the best getting through the rest of the 2020 pause and on into the new decade. 



Barry C Tilton 2020-21 NGAA-East President


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NGAA-E Policy on Shared Media

The NGAA-East Executive Board would like to remind our members that the directory, newsletter, website and any other communication media compiled, maintained and distributed by the Chapter is primarily for the use of the Executive Board to communicate with our membership.  We also share these mediawith our membership expecting that they will be used for social purposes only, such as social invitations, get-well cards, notes of condolence, "will be in your area" phone calls or e-mails, or just "keeping in touch" notes.  NGAA-E is an alumni association and as such endeavors to provide means to keep us together in a mutually respectful way. 

Members may submit items, either via e-mail, or the web site, for Executive Board review and approval for general publication.

Commercial announcements, employment searches and business promotions are prohibited. However, since we, as an organization are a conglomerate of various geospatial career paths, items that detail individuals’ participation in historical projects or achievements may be permitted for distribution, as long as they do not violate the prohibitions listed above and are readily verifiable.

Announcements for social events and/or activities may involve a commercial enterprise or charitable organization. The Executive Board will strive to avoid implicit preference toward any group.

 When a member consents to have personal information listed in the directory, it is done with the assumption that each one of us will respect another's privacy, and not share, post or distribute the directory with anyone outside our membership or use it for anything other than the purposes stated above. 

 Using the directory (or any other communication media used by the Chapter) for other than the purposes stated above is considered an abuse of the privilege of membership in the Chapter.  Violators are subject to withdrawal of membership privileges, by the NGAA-East Executive Board.

 Ours is a social association founded for the purpose of staying in touch with our friends and former co-workers to share our interests and experiences.  Let's strive to keep it that way.