NSA celebrates Armed Forces Day, National Police Week

Two-year-old Victoria Rolfe, daughter of Nathan Rolfe of Cyber Command, checks out one of the displays at the event. (Photos by Steve Ruark)

Police demonstrations, free hot dogs and ice cream, knot-tying and jazz were part of the National Security Agency’s celebration of Armed Forces Day and National Police Week.

 

Logan Harris, 18, of Severn performs pullups at the National Security Agency\’s Armed Forces Day and National Police Week celebration on Saturday at the National Cryptologic Museum. Harris\’s mother Kathi (taking photographs in the background) coordinated the event.

About 800 people attended the six-hour event held Saturday at the National Cryptologic Museum.

 

This year’s theme was “Honor Those Who Answer the Call to Serve.”

 

The celebration included indoor and outdoor activities including museum tours.

 

NSA Historian David Hatch answered questions about cryptologic history and Patrick Weadon, the museum curator, spoke about service members who lost their lives in the cryptologic field. Maj. Gen. Mark W. Westergren, deputy chief of the Central Security Service, answered questions about the NSA.

 

The event also featured demonstrations by the NSA Police and its K-9 unit, an armored vehicle and a Hazmat vehicle. The U.S. Naval Sea Cadets demonstrated knot-tying skills.

 

There were also booths displaying police gear and important dates in Korean War history.

 

Guests were entertained by the U.S. Army Field Band’s Jazztet, an subset of the Jazz Ambassadors. The NSA Senior Enlisted Advisory Club provided fee hot dogs, chips and drinks.

 

Children’s activities included a chance to dress up in camouflage gear and participate in a scavenger hunt. The National Cryptologic Museum Foundation donated free ice cream.

Steven Groff, a part-time docent at the National Cryptologic Museum and full-time NSA worker, guides a museum tour, one of many events featured at the six-hour celebration.
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