Category Archives: Women

Remembering CIA Monique N. Lewis (October 29, 1946 – April 18, 1983) [2021]

“We gather here today in recognition of Women’s History Month.  At this time, it seems only fitting that we remember our own.We honor today four of our women who made that supreme sacrifice: Barbara A. Robbins, Phyllis Nancy Faraci, Monique N. … Continue reading

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Remembering CIA Barbara A. Robbins (July 26, 1943 – March 30, 1965) — The Enduring Mystery of the Anonymous 1965 Star [2021]

“To this day, Barbara Robbins is the youngest officer memorialized on our Wall. She was the first American woman to die in Vietnam and the first woman in our Agency’s history to make the ultimate sacrifice.  Nine women since then … Continue reading

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On This Day — Remembering CIA Jacqueline K. Van Landingham (1962 – March 8 1995) [Why was Gary Durrell not honored with a Star?]

“An attack in Karachi, Pakistan, during which another NSA employee Gary C. Durrell was shot in March 1995  is believed to be related to Crypto AG.” MINERVA — A History [Released Feb. 11 2020] March 8 2021 — Jacqueline K. … Continue reading

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Remembering CIA Elizabeth Hanson (February 14 1979 – December 30 2009) [2020]

“Those who fell yesterday were far from home and close to the enemy, doing the hard work that must be done to protect our country from terrorism. We owe them our deepest gratitude, and we pledge to them and their … Continue reading

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Remembering CIA Leslianne Shedd (September 15 1968 – November 23 1996) [2020]

“When my sister Leslianne Shedd was killed in the 1996 crash of a hijacked Ethiopian Airlines plane, my family not only went into mourning. We also continued to keep a secret: Leslianne didn’t work for the U.S. State Department, as … Continue reading

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Remembering CIA Rachel A. Dean (April 10 1981 – September 30 2006) [2020]

“Rachel was a warm and compassionate young woman, and an officer of unbounded potential. We miss her still and will remember her always. She is our 87th star.” CIA Director General Michael V. Hayden — May 21 2007 “From the … Continue reading

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Remembering CIA Molly C. H. Hardy (Dec. 15 1946 – Aug. 7 1998) [2020]

“For a small cadre of CIA veterans, the death of Osama bin Laden was more than just a national moment of relief and closure. It was also a measure of payback, a settling of a score for a pair of … Continue reading

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Remembering CIA Monique N. Lewis (October 29, 1946 – April 18, 1983) [2020]

“We gather here today in recognition of Women’s History Month.  At this time, it seems only fitting that we remember our own.We honor today four of our women who made that supreme sacrifice: Barbara A. Robbins, Phyllis Nancy Faraci, Monique N. … Continue reading

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Remembering CIA Barbara A. Robbins (July 26, 1943 – March 30, 1965) [The Enduring Mystery of the Anonymous 1965 Star]

“To this day, Barbara Robbins is the youngest officer memorialized on our Wall. She was the first American woman to die in Vietnam and the first woman in our Agency’s history to make the ultimate sacrifice.  Nine women since then … Continue reading

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25 Years Ago — Remembering CIA Jacqueline K. Van Landingham (1962 – March 8 1995) [Why was Gary Durrell not honored with a Star?]

“African Americans have long made critical contributions to our Agency’s mission, taking the risks and bearing the sacrifices that intelligence work often demands. We at CIA join our fellow citizens in remembering the immeasurable sacrifice, strength, and courage of African … Continue reading

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