3rd Annual INSA Achievement Awards


On December 6, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, INSA hosted the 3rd annual Achievement Awards in recognition of the accomplishments and potential of young professionals in intelligence and national security. Six awards were presented honoring achievements in the academic, government, industry, military, mentorship, and homeland security fields.



INSA Acting President Chuck Alsup gave the opening remarks, where he thanked former INSA President Ellen McCarthy for her role initiating the Achievement Awards and introduced the keynote speaker, Director Letitia Long, NGA. Director Long highlighted the need to recognize the accomplishments of young professionals and discussed the importance of giving back to the community and of the core values the community embraces. Caryn Wagner, Allan Sonsteby, Admiral William Studeman, Richared Kerr, Scott White, and Joan Dempsey presented the six awards and echoed Director Long’s remarks by praising the award recipients for upholding the highest integrity of the intelligence and national security communities with their dedication, teamwork, and motivation to accomplish a noble goal.

The evening celebrated the greater intelligence and national security communities, but focused on the accomplishments of the six award recipients; Margaret Dobrydnio received the Joan A. Dempsey Mentorship Award, Dr. Jürgen Pfeffer received the Sidney D. Drell Academic Award, Jessica McKeon received the Richard J. Kerr Government Award, Matthew Matechik received the Edwin H. Land Industry Award, CPT Christa Martin received the William O. Studeman Military Award, and Jordan Renga received the John W. Warner Homeland Security Award. The award recipients all thanked their mentors and team members who share the same sense of passion and dedication to the goals to the community. The recipients acknowledged that it is through the lessons and advice of their mentors and the collaboration with similarly dedication professionals that their own accomplishments were achieved.

The Achievement Award recipients showcase the best of the upcoming leaders in intelligence and national security and demonstrate the sense of duty, teamwork, and leadership that exemplifies these communities. We look forward to next year’s call for nominations and to recognizing the next class of promising young professionals working in intelligence and national security.