Learn About September at CIA
September is a busy month across America with the end of summer and the start of the academic year. CIA also inaugurates its own kind of back to school busy season in September. Let’s take a look.
CIA Director Addresses Employees
On September 11, CIA Director David H. Petraeus sent a message to the workforce commemorating the 9/11 anniversary. Highlighting America’s “unceasing vigilance, steadfast commitment and extraordinary ingenuity” he touted our “close partnerships with dedicated allies around the world” in the war on terror.
Later in the month, the Director engaged with employees at a town-hall style meeting that marked the one-year anniversary of his arrival at CIA.
Director Petraeus also posthumously recognized two employees at the annual Trailblazer Awards ceremony, held on the Agency’s birthday. Former Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) Walter Bedell Smith and Former Directorate of Science and Technology (DS&T) officer Howard E. “Gammy” Gamertsfelder were honored for taking the Agency in new directions through their innovation and initiative.
- During his tenure, DCI Smith initiated the CIA's tradition of providing daily intelligence reports to the president and fostered greater cooperation within the emerging US Intelligence Community.
- During nearly six decades with the CIA, Gamertsfelder‘s designs led to breakthroughs in intelligence collection. Gamertsfelder is remembered best as a mentor, devoting much of his career to honing the skills of his colleagues and inspiring junior officers.
Find Your Fit Running Clinic
The Agency sponsored a running clinic as part of its Find Your Fit wellness campaign and in honor of the National Run at Work Day. This event offered Agency officers the chance to learn more about the important role physical fitness and mental health play in optimizing on-the-job performance.
Combined Federal Campaign Kick-Off
CIA kicked off its annual participation in thewith a well-attended fair in which nearly two dozen charitable organizations participated. CFC is a philanthropic program established by President John F. Kennedy in 1961 as the only authorized workplace giving drive through which federal employees can donate to charities.
An Engaged Organization
These events demonstrate some of the ways CIA officers stay engaged in and motivated by the organization’s values and priorities in their daily work of protecting our country. If you want to learn more about joining the CIA for a rewarding career, please see the careers page.