Associate Magazine - FBINAA - Q3-2022

Continued from "The Historian's Spotlight", on page 26

I used the FBINAA Directory to locate other members of the 90th Session. There were nine members listed as Active but only six had an email address. I sent an email message to those six members in hopes they might have a memory to add. I was also able to locate the legacy plaque left by the 90th Session which reads at the top: Consecrate the present... Have faith in the fu ture... And forget not the 200 who baptized these hallowed halls. From James Antonacci , 90th Session, Eastern Missouri Chapter: This reminder has prompted me to reflect on my session. It is and always will be a part of me, even though it was oh so long ago. It saddens to know there are so few of us left, but our ses sion will always be the pioneers, so to speak. My memories are more general than specific. I remember the firearms tech, and the others, but the total professional ism and approachability of the agents remains at the top of my memory list. They were outstanding. Of course my fellow attend ees were great also as a resource and for companionship. Our main concern at the time was what to give the acad emy as our parting gift, which more inventive minds than mine solved. I will always be thankful for the honor of attending the academy. From William Stocker , 90th Session, Ohio Chapter: The fifty years since our 90th National Association ses sion have just flown past. I came to the session as a 39-year-old with 17 years in law enforcement serving on a small city police department, having been its Chief for four years. When I entered police work in 1955, basic training for small departments and some larger ones consisted of being paired with a seasoned of ficer for a period of time. While I had attended many worthwhile training seminars during my career nothing compared in scope to what I experienced at Quantico. Upon my arrival to the new F.B.I. Campus at Quantico, I was really impressed with the physical facilities. I thought both the teaching and housing areas had been designed exceptionally. There was of course the snafu with the elevators not working. Since I had driven to Quantico and would be going home some weekends my luggage was lighter than most. Since I was quar tered on the third floor, lack of elevators was less of an imposi tion for me.. Having a car on base also made me popular on those weekends I didn't go home. Later, I also became impressed with the instructors. They all seemed very knowledgeable about their subjects, were able to impart that knowledge to their students and at times were quite entertaining in their deliveries. I also very much enjoyed our time at the range. Our final assignment was a research paper.. I really struggled with this assignment but finally finished it..Several years later I received my master’s degree in public administra tion from the University of Akron. I was able to use this research paper as a basis for developing my master’s thesis. Turning 90 this year, I have long since retired. But during my 41-year career in public service as a police officer and ten years as a city administrator, the knowledge and techniques learned at the Academy served me well. The National Academy was certainly one of the major highlights of my career. Thank you to National Academy and the FBI for that experience!

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Ray Skagan.

The plaque presented by the graduating class of Session Ninety (1972) of the National Academy, who had the “honor” of breaking in the new facilities at Quantico.

Noreen and Ray Skagan.


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