Every year toward the end of Fall, the Central Intelligence Agency hosts family day. Staff employees are allowed to escort a few family members around the grounds at Langley. All guests are preregistered and screened prior to admittance. Once inside, visitors are exposed to booths and displays set up by different departments within the agency. One of the most popular exhibits was the paramilitary section. I had the opportunity on family day to be my unit’s representative. We laid out a large portions of weapons and communication gear that was fascinating for children and adults alike. Another popular attraction for the children was the far east division. Children would form long lines to have their names painted on large paper in several different languages. In my opinion, the coolest thing for this once-in-a-lifetime visit is the agency’s museum and main entrance. The main entrance, or new headquarters building (NHB to employees) is the most recognizable area inside the facility. The granite walls display the stars for agency personnel killed in action and the CIA logo is etched into the floor. The museum houses Bin Laden’s Ak-47 and a multitude of spy gadgets.
Still curious? Watch this video tour published by the CIA’s public affairs department.
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