The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency inducted retired U.S. Army Col. Peter O’Neill into its Hall of Fame during a May 13 ceremony at the agency’s headquarters in Springfield.
O’Neill of Chantilly, director of Strategic Initiatives and Legislative Affairs for the Chenega Corp., joins a group of influential players in the nation’s complicated, highly technical and analytical world of intelligence.
He was recognized as a leader within the Defense Mapping Agency and the National Imagery and Mapping Agency, organizations that later merged to form NGA. Most notably, he was instrumental in implementing DMA’s transition to softcopy production in the early 1990s, a massive technology shift for a government agency.
“O’Neill’s many achievements and selfless dedication to the agencies that became NGA have earned him honor and respect, as well as a distinguished place in the NGA Hall of Fame,” said agency director Letitia Long.
O’Neill led production support during a period of confrontation in the Middle East in the 1990s, producing in record time 20 new combat charts covering the Persian Gulf and Strait of Hormuz. They were the first updates of the area since the British forces left after World War II.
He also established a Women’s Leadership Program, which the Department of Defense later used as a model.
O’Neill graduated from LaSalle University in 1962 and then joined the Army. He received a degree from George Washington University in 1974.
NGA provides combat support by delivering geospatial intelligence to policymakers, war fighters, intelligence professionals and first responders. Anyone who sails a U.S. ship, flies a U.S. aircraft, makes national policy decisions, fights wars, locates targets, responds to natural disasters or even navigates with a cell phone relies on NGA.
The White House and military officials credited NGA with providing critical information to support Operation Neptune’s Spear on May 2, 2011, when the U.S. Military raided a secret compound housing Osama Bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
First Class Cadet Julianna Neatrour of Fairfax has earned a place on the Board of Trustees Honors List for the 2013 spring semester at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn.
To be included on the prestigious honors list, cadets must earn three uniform stars for excellence in military, academic and athletic performance during the semester. That means a cadet must simultaneously attain a term grade point average above 3.15, be in the top 25 percent of her class in military performance, and obtain a score of 270 or higher on the Physical Fitness Examination.
Those who make the list are among the top 2 percent of the fewer than 1,000 cadets who make up the corps.
Neatrour, a government major, is scheduled to graduate from the academy this month. She is a 2009 graduate of W.T. Woodson High School and the daughter of Robert and Valerie Neatrour.
The U.S. Coast Guard Academy is one of the nation’s five federal service academies. The others are the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y., and the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Colin Hughes has received an Army ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) scholarship to Virginia Military Institute in Lexington. Scholarship recipients are enrolled as members of the ROTC Corps of Cadets.
Upon graduation from college and completion of the ROTC program, Hughes, a 2012 graduate of Ad Fontes Academy in Centreville, will receive a bachelor’s degree and a commission of second lieutenant in the Army. He is the son of Robert and Cheryl Hughes of Springfield.
Army Spec. Eugene Kim and Army Spec. Evan Greco have graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga.
Kim, son of YunJung Kim of Fairfax, is a 2006 graduate of Centreville High School. He received a bachelor’s degree in 2012 from George Mason University.
Greco, son of Christine Greco of Alexandria, and Adam Greco of Mays Landing, N.J., received a bachelor’s degree in 2011 from Marymount University.
Air Force Airmen So Park, Ciara Ware, Sergio Lopez, Jonah Coultas and Marcus Bueno, Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Tanon Tomatipagul, Air Force Reserve Airman Thomas Seeley and Air Force Airman 1st Class Megan Ford have graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
Park, sister of Elizabeth Park of Centreville, is a 2010 graduate of Centreville High School.
Ware is a 2010 graduate of Mount Vernon High School.
Lopez, son of Helen Cortez and Guillermo Lopez, both of Centreville, is a 2006 graduate of Westfield High School.
Coultas, son of Timothy Coultas and grandson of Lori Coultas, both of Lorton, is a 2012 graduate of Robert E. Lee High School.
Bueno, son of Gabriel Bueno of Lorton and Samantha Bueno of Fayetteville, N.C., is a 2012 graduate of South County Secondary School.
Tomatipagul is the son of Nitis Olafson of Alexandria.
Seeley, son of Richard Seeley of Fairfax, is a 2003 graduate of Robinson Secondary School.
Ford, daughter of Chris Miller of Springfield and Treasea Miller of Tacoma, Wash., is a 2007 graduate of Curtis Senior High School in University Place, Wash.
Army Pfc. David Moon, Army Pfc. Stephanie Phillips, Army Reserve Pvt. Morris Smith II, Army Reserve Pvt. Malik Iriarte and Army Reserve Pfc. Roberto Herrickseran III have graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.
Moon, son of Jeong Baik of Fairfax, is a 2009 graduate of Fairfax High School.
Phillips, daughter of Theresa and Christopher Phillips of Lorton, is a 2012 graduate of South County High School.
Smith, son of Monique Smith of Alexandria, is a 2009 graduate of Moore High School in Moore, Okla.
Iriarte is a 2012 graduate of Mount Vernon High School.
Herrickseran, son of Chrystal Ueltschi of Centreville and Roberto Seran of Virginia Beach, is a 2008 graduate of Floyd E. Kellam High School in Virginia Beach.
Army Pvt. Seth Brink has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Leonard Wood in Waynesville, Mo. He is the son of Randall Brink and stepson of Deborah Brink, both of Hillman, Mich., and a 2012 graduate of West Springfield High School.