Armed Forced Day at NSA celebrates military, police

GroupSgt. J. Lucas of the National Security Agency Police demonstrates the skills of his dog Bax during the five-hour family event outside the National Cryptologic Museum. (Photo by Steve Ruark)

From scavenger hunts and K-9 demonstrations to historical re-enactments and TV “broadcasts,” adults and children enjoy

GroupAlyssa Mattes, 9, and her brother Alex, 10, of Ellicott City, play a bean bag game hosted by Ryan Mechlinski, a membership administrator for The Y of Central Maryland. Snow cones were awarded to children who completed various challenges. (Photo by Steve Ruark)

ed indoor and outdoor activities at the National Security Agency’s 5th Annual Armed Forces and National Police Celebration.

About 1,525 people attended the five-hour event held Saturday at the National Cryptologic Museum. Highlights included a stunning performance by the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard Drill Team, veterans who spoke about their cryptologic skills, military tactical vehicles, museum spot tours, and hands-on activities.

“It was wonderful to see so many people from the community come here to celebrate the men and women who serve in the U.S. military and law enforcement,” said Patrick Weadon, museum curator.

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