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Meoir.. Stephen Peter Pedone, Lt. Col., USAF, Ret.
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I want to bring to your attention the awarding of a $499 million prime contract for construction at the newly-designated Intelligence Community Campus-Bethesda (ICCB) on Sangamore Road.  The Department of Defense is redeveloping the site of the former headquarters of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), which was relocated to Fort Belvoir under BRAC.

Thanks to Jim Hathaway for keeping us informed.

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$499M contract will renovate Intelligence Community Campus in Bethesda

Contract awarded to Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., Baltimore

by Jessica Ablamsky Staff writer

The contract will be awarded to the Baltimore firm in pieces, said Ashley Williams, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Baltimore. The first installment is a $65 million job that will demolish two buildings and connect the remaining three at 4600 Sangamore Road. Construction is scheduled to start in the spring of 2013 and end in winter of 2015.

She said the outstanding portion of the contract will be awarded as money is appropriated by Congress, she said. “It may not add up to that much,” she said. “That is just the capacity of the contact.” The project is part of phase II construction, which also includes renovation of the remaining buildings and upgrades to the facade, she said. Construction is projected to be complete in the winter of 2017.

Phase I construction of a parking garage and visitor control point began last spring will continue until summer 2013. The $34 million job was awarded to Clark Construction Group, headquartered in Bethesda.

The Intelligence campus will be renovated as part of the 2005 federally mandated Base Realignment and Closure, which moved thousands of National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency employees from Bethesda to Fort Belvoir, Va, which left room for additional employees in Bethesda. The campus will host 3,000 employees by 2017, including the National Intelligence University, additional personnel from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), administrative personnel from the Defense Intelligence Agency, and select personnel from the National Media Exploitation Center, an agency that analyzes collective intelligence, such as documents.

Public transportation options include a shuttle that runs between campus and the Friendship Heights Metro station. There also will be 500 to 600 feet on campus for vehicles to line up before going through security, rather than backing up on Sangamore Road.

The campus, which was built before today’s more stringent wastewater laws, is uphill from the Potomac River. But stormwater flows untreated into C&O Canal National Historical Park. The renovation will also upgrade the stormwater treatment system and decrease concrete on campus by 43 percent, which will allow the site to retain more stormwater.

Some trees in the Palisades, an area along the Potomac River characterized by wooded bluffs and slopes, will be cut to make way for a the parking garage. Up to .45 acres might be cleared during construction, but only .2 acres to .3 acres are trees, James Manzelmann, an executive agent for DNI, previously said.

The parking garage will be no taller than the tallest building on campus and occupy most of the parking lot that is closest to the C&O Canal, Manzelmann said. The top three levels will be visible from MacArthur Boulevard during the winter, but Manzelmann does not think it will be visible from the Potomac River, classified by Maryland as a Wild and Scenic River and thus protected.

For more information and monthly construction updates, go to www.nab.usace.army.mil and click on Intelligence Community Campus - Bethesda at the bottom of the page.

AMS Annual Crab Feast.docx
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John Love...

 

Thanks for asking. I think back about our ACSM days, especially our “Bill Hoffer” days in San Antonio. Good memories.

 

After retiring from NOAA in 1994, Alice and I built a house near Charlottesville in middle of almost 6 acres and worked at various things until a few years ago, now completely retired with garden to care for. Various jobs after retirement were great fun, from geodetic consultant work, teaching geodesy course at ODU in Norfolk (enjoyed greatly but too long a commute), street address mapping and drug study interviewer (at one point took hair and urine samples, different), drove across country twice, once to Seattle and last year to Los Angeles to catch cruises to Alaska and Hawaii. I’ve been living the good life with spoiling grandkids in NYC and MD eastern shore, keeping in reasonably good health for 75 years, and keeping Alice reasonably happy.

 

Thank you for the work you do with the AMS web site; I enjoy the content and appreciate your dedication. Hope all is well with you and family.

 

Regards, John Love

 

Valerie Hamasian Liston ...

 

 Since I  retired in July 2010, my husband and I have traveled cross-country in our motor home to visit with family and friends. We also drove the motor home to car shows in York, PA; Charlotte, NC; Daytona Beach, FL; Myrtle Beach, SC and Pigeon Forge, TN with my Sister and her Husband where he sells and trades street rod cars. In November of 2011 at the Daytona Beach car show, I purchased a 1964 Monza Corvair Convertible. My parents gave me their 1963 corvair for a graduation present, and I had it from 1970 to 1973. It has brought back lots of good memories every time I drive it. I love the reaction I get from people especially when I drive it into town. My husband and I have been replacing some of the parts that have pitted and have just finished redoing the entire interior. On June 16, 2012, I entered it for the first time into a local car show of about 120 cars in attendance. In my class (Antique), I competed against 18 cars and won second place.

 



We are always doing projects around the house ranging from repairs, landscaping, painting and cutting 6 acres of grass. We go on motorcycle rides with our family and friends whenever possible. We watch our 15 year old grandson race in his limited late model car weekly at the Winchester speedway. He races with men and women between the ages of 18 through 65. He is currently in fifth place. Our 12 year old granddaughter is a dancer so we go to watch her at local, regional and national dance competitions. We are heading down to Myrtle Beach for the nationals. In between all that, we watch our 6 year old grandson race at Hagerstown speedway weekly in his quarter-midget car. We also make time to have lunch with our former co-workers.

This is a must see video from Hamburg, Germany. Click in the box in the lower right to see the video Full-Screen.

Jack  Garrett celebrates his

90th Birthday

 

 

            On June 10, 2012, Jack Garrett, who had a career at the Army Map Service and its successor agencies that spanned four decades, celebrated his 90th birthday.

 

            This happy occasion brought together twenty members of the Garrett family, ranging from Jack’s youngest great-grandson, Jake (six months old) to Jack himself. It included Jack’s wife, Bettie, their three children, five grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Four spouses of family members also attended, as did Jack and Bettie’s good friends, Nancy and Guy Camino.

 

            The party began with a barbeque dinner and moved on to an ice cream cake decorated with appropriate sentiments and numerous candles. With the help of several willing great-grandchildren, Jack blew out the candles, and the party moved into its sugar-ingestion phase.

 

The high point of the evening occurred with a video celebrating Jack’s life. Jack’s grandson, Justin Ball, put together a set of electronic memories, beginning with Star Wars music and the words “A long, long, long, long time ago, a boy was born. . . .” The video featured contributions from Jack’s many offspring and friends, who provided amusing and affecting insights into his influence on their lives. We learned, among other things, about Jack’s rule for being on time (“If you’re there five minutes early, you’re too late!”) and his zeal for teaching his grandchildren history lessons (“First Washington, then Adams, then . . . .”)

 

            At the end of the joyous event, Jack expressed his delight and appreciation to the well-wishers who had come to help him celebrate nine decades of life. A longtime member of the Mapping Seniors group and for years its secretary, Jack retains the health and vigor of a much younger man. He and his wife Bettie enjoy life at Greenspring Village, a retirement community in Springfield, VA.

Nancy Kane.docx
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Bethesda Site Update
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"Mac" Turns 95
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Merle Biggin’s Musical Career
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Tim Sweeney Hall of Fame story
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Jim Hathaway's Bethesda Site Update.
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If you are ever in Dayton, Ohio, you might want to stop at Wright Patterson AFB and check this out.

Regards, Gary Sutphin

 



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US spy satellites from Cold War.doc
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"OLD 666" B-17 Flying Fortress mapping mission. I am assuming the mapping mission mentioned in this video was for the Army Map Service. Hope you enjoy it.


Click HERE to learn about "Old 666"

NGA Bethesda Site update. Click Below
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Jack Fahey Retirement.pdf
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NGA Officially Opens New Facility With Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

 

On September 28, 2011 the National Geospatial- Intelligence Agency (NGA) celebrated the official opening of the Agency’s East Campus located in Springfield, Va. Thanks to an invitation from Ms. Letitia A. Long, NGA Director, past AMS Presidents Larry and Judy Bowles witnessed this celebration along with 500+ seated in the NGA auditorium and the many that watched the ceremonies via simulcast.T

 

The ceremony began the start of a week-long recognition of NGA’s fifteenth anniversary. Dignitaries attending from the Intelligence Community, the Department of Defense, Congress and  Northern Va. included Sen. Mark Warner, Va. , eighth District Congressman James Moran, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Jr., Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Michael Vickers, former NGA Director retired Vice Adm. Robert Murrett, Virginia House of Delegates Member Mark Sickles, Fairfax County Board of Supervisor  Chairman Sharon Bulova and Commander, Baltimore District , U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Col.  Dave Anderson.

NGA NEW FACILITY RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY

Click HERE to read an article about the first AMS annual Murrells Inlet luncheon.

MURRELLS INLET MARSH WALK