The CIA K-9 CAM: The Headquarters Tour

My name is Bradley. I am an Explosive Detection K-9 Officer here at the CIA.

I search vehicles, buildings, and other areas for explosives. All of the K-9s and our human partners protect the Agency.

Before I came to the CIA, I was brought up in a program called “Puppies Behind Bars.” My trainers there taught me basic commands like “sit” and “stay.”

When I was 1, I learned how to smell for explosives.

I love my job at the CIA, and I want to show you what a great place this is. I made some arrangements to take you on a special VIP tour. Here we go.

In 1999, the CIA compound was renamed the George Bush Center for Intelligence, after our 41st president.

As you can see, the campus is secure and secluded. But, we are only a few miles away from Washington, DC, and the policymakers we serve.

This is our Original Headquarters Building. It was built in 1959.

And that’s our auditorium. We call it the Bubble.

I definitely feel like the big dog on campus walking across the Agency seal. It’s been in the movies … but, it’s even better in person.

Before CIA was created in 1947, there was the Office of Strategic Services, or OSS. OSS lasted from 1942 to 1945. This memorial honors the 116 officers who died while serving our country.

General William J. Donovan was the leader of OSS and is considered the “Father of Modern American Intelligence Gathering.”

This is the Memorial Wall and the Book of Honor. They honor the CIA employees who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The wall was sculpted in 1974. New stars are added when an employee makes the ultimate sacrifice. The book includes the names of some employees, but several of our heroes’ names must remain secret … even in death.

Seeing Lady Liberty as I walk down the hall reminds me of why I am here, and the mission I am a part of.

And these are the official portraits of our former CIA directors. The portraits are unveiled at a ceremony after the Director leaves office.

Our courtyard showcases one of our most famous sculptures: Kryptos. (whisper) It’s full of secrets. (full voice) No one has ever fully solved Kryptos’ coded message. Maybe one day you will be the one to find the answer.

And here we are at our New Headquarters Building. It was built in the 1980s to make room for our growing workforce.

Wow! Take a look at that! That’s our A-12. It’s the fastest and highest-flying jet ever built. Can you imagine flying in it?

Thanks for joining me on this VIP tour of the CIA.

I better get back to work. I’ll see you soon. Bye!

Posted: Jun 04, 2013 02:41 PM
Last Updated: Jun 04, 2013 02:41 PM