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People in Business: May 19, 2013

Curtis B. Ward, of Grantham, was inducted into the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Hall of Fame in a ceremony last week at the agency’s headquarters in Springfield, Va.

Ward was recognized for his work within the Defense Mapping Agency and the National Imagery and Mapping Agency, organizations that later merged to form the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Ward’s major contributions to the intelligence community include his leadership roles in two major agency reconstruction efforts, as well as serving as the Defense Mapping Agency civilian lead at the Dayton Peace Accord negotiations of 1995, the agency said in a news release. The Dayton agreement officially ended the Bosnian War of the early 1990s and was signed by the leaders of Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia. DMA maps helped negotiators understand and explain the otherwise confusing patchwork of ethnic group locations and cease-fire lines.

Ward was raised in Billings, Mont., and received undergraduate degrees from Syracuse University and the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He also earned a master’s degree in photogrammetry from Purdue University.

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