Grantham man is Geospatial Hall of Famer
GRANTHAM — A local resident has been inducted into the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's Hall of Fame.
Curtis B. Ward was inducted on May 13 in a ceremony at the agency's headquarters in Springfield, Va.
Ward is one of four leaders added to the Hall of Fame rolls this year. He was cited as "an influential player in the United States' complicated, highly technical and analytical world of intelligence."
"Mr. Ward's many achievements in serving his country while helping shape the agency have earned him honor and respect, as well as a distinguished place in the NGA Hall of Fame," said Letitia A. Long, director of the agency.
Ward was raised in Billings, Mont., and received undergraduate degrees from Syracuse University and the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
He also earned a master of science in photogrammetry from Purdue University. Photogrammetry is the practice of determining the geometric properties of objects from photographic images.
Ward was recognized as a significant leader within the Defense Mapping Agency and the National Imagery and Mapping Agency, organizations that later merged to form NGA.
Ward's contributions to the intelligence community include leadership roles in two agency reconstruction efforts, as well as serving as the Defense Mapping Agency civilian lead at the Dayton Peace Accord negotiations of 1995 that ended the Bosnian war, the association said.