June 25, 2015
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This morning, USGIF announced Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, Vice Chief of the Defence Staff for the U.K. Royal Air Force (RAF), as the 2015 recipient of the USGIF Arthur C. Lundahl–Thomas C. Finnie Lifetime Achievement Award. Peach is the 11th individual to receive this prestigious award and was recognized during the GEOINT 2015 Symposium general session.
Peach was unable to attend the Symposium, and instead sent a video of his acceptance speech to be played for the audience.
“Thank you so much for honoring me with this award,” said Peach. “It is of course not for me, it is for all of the members of the United Kingdom intelligence services past, present, and hopefully future who worked so closely in partnership with you for so many years. …I’m proud to be part of the reconnaissance gang, I’m very proud to be part of the Intelligence Community. I see in so many of my predecessors on this hall of fame great friends and particularly great mentors. I would just simply highlight two—the great intelligencer Johnny Allen and my lifelong friend and mentor Jim Clapper. Both mean a lot to me and both mean a lot to their friends in the United Kingdom. To join them makes me humble.”
June 24, 2015
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This afternoon at USGIF’s GEOINT 2015 Symposium, the 2015 Lt. Michael P. Murphy Award in Geospatial Intelligence was presented to Geoffrey D. Krassy, an air interdiction agent for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (DHS CBP). David Alexander, director of the Department of Homeland Security Geospatial Management Office, presented the award to Krassy on the Government Pavilion Stage in the GEOINT 2015 Exhibit Hall.
The Murphy Award is named for Navy SEAL Lt. Michael P. Murphy, a distinguished Penn State alumnus. Murphy was killed June 28, 2005, by enemy forces during a reconnaissance mission in Afghanistan. For his selfless leadership and courageous actions, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. The Murphy Award recognizes achievement by a Penn State graduate who is serving or has served in the U.S. Armed Forces or U.S. Intelligence Community. Recipients are chosen based upon demonstration of exceptional contributions to the discipline after completing Penn State’s graduate certificate in geospatial intelligence.